North Riverdale Man faced Death Penalty for Registering Black Voters in GA, 1963

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    In the 1950s Donald S. Harris was a student at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a congregant of Christ Church Riverdale, and a resident of North Riverdale–where he played baseball in the park on a team sponsored by Riverdale Steakhouse.  In 1963, he spent many weeks in jail for his part in the effort to enfranchise Black voters in the south for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

    The Riverdale Press told the story (enlarged text below):

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    Riverdale Press Editorial:

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    His Release:

    There is a really great interview with Harris that was done in 2017 that gets into his time in Riverdale and the sacrifices of his parents that allowed him to attend Fieldston: https://oralhistory.rutgers.edu/64-text-html/1860-harris-donald

    A little more info on his civil rights activisim: https://snccdigital.org/people/don-harris/

     

     

     

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