Carter, Clyde L. (Clyde Larocque)


Clyde Carter was a classmate of Charles Jones at Johnson Smith College in Charlotte, North Carolina. In May 1961 the two decided to join the Freedom Rides after the first buses passed through Charlotte and were ambushed in Anniston, Alabama. Carter and Jones joined with a group of chaplains and professors from Yale and Wesleyan University in Connecticut. The group left Atlanta May 24, 1961 and made it safely to Montgomery, Alabama that day, although a group of 200 National Guardsmen met them at the bus station with bayonets drawn to hold back the crowd. The group returned to the bus station the next day but were arrested for integrating the lunch counter at the station before they could travel to Mississippi.

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