Freedom Rider imprisoned in Mississippi, CORE field secretary in Louisiana.
Oral history interview with Dr. Mimi Real conducted by two students in the senior class at Stuart Hall High School in San Francisco, April 2020.
Mimi Real was born May 31, 1941 in New York City to politically active parents. Her Movement activities began in high school when she organized a local group of high school students to join the Washington, DC Youth March for Integrated Schools in 1958. While a student at Swarthmore College, she was on one of the first Freedom Rider buses in 1961 soon after a previous bus was burned in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Real was arrested upon arrival in Jackson Mississippi for "breach of the peace" and sent to the notorious Parchman prison. Dr. Real is a retired history teacher with a college counseling consultancy in Mill Valley, CA.
Transcripts and more information about the project: ohpcrm.org/2020-interviews/mimi-real