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Legislature honors Freedom Rider

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - After fighting for justice and being arrested during the civil rights movement, Freedom Rider Hank Thomas received a well deserved honor. Thomas was presented with a resolution on the floor of the Mississippi Senate Wednesday morning at the State Capitol.

The resolution acknowledges Thomas as the chairman of the national advisory board for the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary Celebration. As one of many Freedom Riders, Thomas drew attention to the injustice of segregation by riding buses into the segregated south.

Thomas says he's thrilled to be recognized, but he doesn't want people to forget the numerous Civil Rights activists who didn't survive.

"As far as I'm concerned, the heroes of the Freedom Riders and of the Civil Rights Movement were those numerous black Mississippians who gave their last full devotion, who were murdered in the summer of '64," Thomas said. "Those are the people who are the real heroes."

Events commemorating the official 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders will take place May 22nd through May 26th.

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