Date: Tuesday January 24, 2012
Contact: Tupac Enrique Acosta
1st Freedom Rider Arrives in Phoenix Today
Attorney Bruce Boynton Joins the Fight Against
Racial Profiling in Maricopa County
Phoenix, AZ – The battle for Civil Rights in the deep south in the 60’s and the fight in Maricopa County against racial profiling and discriminatory policing will link up this week here in Phoenix when Attorney Bruce Boynton arrives to take part in a series of community events organized by TONATIERRA and Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio.
Atty. Bruce Boynton is considered the 1st Freedom Rider when he was arrested in 1958 for refusing to leave a "white only" lunch counter while traveling home on a break from law school. His case Boynton v. the Common Wealth of Virginia (1960) desegregated all interstate transportation facilities, including bus terminals. This case was the bases of the Freedom Rides of 1961 organized to test the enforcement of the Supreme Court Decision.