A nice crowd gathered for the annual Sisterhood Brunch to socialize and hear Carol Ruth Silver discuss her new book, Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes From Parchman Prison. Carol Ruth Silver, a former member of Congregation B’nai Emunah, three-term San Francisco supervisor and lawyer, recounted how for 40 days in 1961, as a 22-year-old, she was jailed for being a Freedom Rider in segregation-era Mississippi. Silver, awaiting admission to law school, was working at the United Nations when she answered the call to desegregate travel in Mississippi as a Freedom Rider. Freedom Riders were activists who desegregated interstate travel on buses and trains. Mississippi considered Freedom Riders criminals, and upon arrival at the bus station in Jackson, Mississippi, Silver and the other Freedom Riders a were handcuffed and arrested. The charge was “breach of peace.” She shared how her Jewish upbringing compelled her to make the choice to put her life at risk for Tikkun Olam, and her 40 days of imprisonment are recorded in her secret diary. After the talk and questions, Silver quickly ran out of books she had brought to sell and inscribe, but more will be available through the B’nai Emunah Gift Shop.
Carol Ruth Silver discusses her book Freedom Rider with BE Sisterhood.