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Thomas M. Armstrong

Born: 1941 in Silver Creek, MS
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Armstrong has resided in Chicago since 1964.

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Children; Young adult readers

Thomas M. Armstrong on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

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

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.