Before the Freedom Riders: The Fight to Integrate Glen Echo Amusement Park

Radical black students, leftist white suburbanites, and a carousel.  In the summer of 1960, just miles from the U.S. Capitol, a newly-formed organization of Howard University students sat down on Glen Echo Amusement Park’s historic, whites-only carousel. They were joined by a largely Jewish community of civil servants, labor organizers, and young families. Together, this unprecedented coalition took on the park owners, Jim Crow, the American Nazi Party, and the Supreme Court.

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