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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Thomas M. Armstrong  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1941 in Silver Creek, MS

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Illinois Connection

Armstrong has resided in Chicago since 1964.

Biographical and Professional Information

Thomas M. Armstrong is a veteran of the early 1960s civil rights movement in his native Mississippi. He was at the forefront of early protests led by black Southerners for voting rights and equal public accommodations from 1958-1961, resulting in threats that had him running for his life. Mr. Armstrong moved to Chicago where he has resided since 1964. He remains closely allied with other former Freedom Riders and civil rights workers around the country and often speaks at schools and civic organizations such as the African American Leadership Roundtable in Chicago. He has been the subject of scholarly research by respected academics, sought after for major media interviews, and featured in print from critically acclaimed books to a Forbes magazine publication. The documentary Freedom Riders was broadcast nationally on PBS in May 2011. The movie received rave reviews and Mr. Armstrong was a featured panelist at events where he promoted his memoir ''Autobiography of a Freedom Rider''.Armstrong, worked for the United States Postal Service as a Transportation Contract Specialist. He retired after 38 years of service.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Armstrong's participated in forums and preformed as a featured speaker for the Illinois Humanities Council throughout the state of Illinois as well as other states. He's performed civil rights presentations at high schools, colleges, universities, and for organizations and business firms. He is available for speaking engagements throughout most of the United States. Fees range from three hundred dollars to ten thousand dollars, based on cliental, travel distance, and length of presentation. He's available to speak to most organizations of civic concerns.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Autobiography of a freedom rider :
ISBN: 0757316034. OCLC Number: 857495260

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Details the author's need to create social change for African Americans, discusses the personal repercussions he endured, and examines the history of the Civil Rights Movement.