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Carol Ruth Silver

Carol Ruth Silver was the first white woman to be jailed in the Freedom Rides, an experience that sparked a career in law and politics, fighting for the rights of others. After graduating college in 1960, Silver went to work as a clerk at the United Nations and became involved with the civil rights movement. After she was arrested as a Freedom Rider, she spent forty days in jail in Mississippi, later publishing her diary from her time there as Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison. She graduated law school in 1964 and spent her post-law school internship working for Floyd McKissick, who became head of the Congress for Racial Equality. From 1977–1989, she served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where she worked with Harvey Milk. She founded San Francisco’s first Mandarin Chinese immersion school in 1982. Since 2002, she has travelled to Afghanistan to support and promote education, especially of women and girls, and has founded or cofounded three schools there. As of 2014, she also works as a real estate attorney and broker.

Carol Ruth Silver
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Carol Ruth Silver in Birmingham, Alabama, May 2000. Courtesy of Carol Ruth Silver.
Date of Birth
October 1, 1938
Place of Birth
Boston, Massachusetts

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Carol Ruth Silver." (Viewed on July 30, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/silver-carol>.

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