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Blog post from Wednesday, 18 February, 2015

Today, February 18 is the day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Freedom Ride which highlighted discrimination against Aboriginal people. The historic Freedom Ride is being re-enacted by more than a hundred former and current students and staff members from the University of Sydney with Rachel Perkins, daughter of the original organiser Charles Perkins.

In 1965, University of Sydney student Charles Perkins led 29 students from the Student Action for Aborigines group on a journey around rural NSW. Their plan was to expose and challenge ingrained racism and the poor living conditions of Aboriginal people in country towns. Inspired by the civil rights movement of the 1960s in the USA, their journey became known as the Freedom Ride.

More information and an exhibition are available on the AIATSIS website and the re-enactment is discussed further in the Guardian article Freedom ride to be re-enacted by university students for the 50th anniversary.

You can also read more about Indigenous disadvantage and legal issues in the Hot Topics issue First Australians on the Find Legal Answers website.