Catherine Burks-Brooks


Catherine Burks-Brooks born Birmingham, AL October 8, 1940. One of the first nonviolent Freedom Riders, May, 1961; imprisoned at Parchman Prison, Jackson, MS, 1961.


"I didn’t want to die, now, but I didn’t have any fear of doing what I had to do. I knew what was happening was wrong. And I had an opportunity to do something about it." (May 4, 2011, Tennessean; mug shot PBS)