The Freedom Ride… In February 1965 a group of University of Sydney students organised a bus tour of western and coastal New South Wales towns. Their purpose was threefold. The students planned to draw public attention to the poor state of Aboriginal health, education and housing. They hoped to point out and help to lessen the socially discriminatory barriers which existed between Aboriginal and white residents.
Charles Perkins - Freedom Ride - Australian History, Indigenous Studies "Never intellectualise further than you can emotionally carry people. " CHARLES PERKINS "We know we cannot live in the past but the past lives in us.
Fifty years on, Freedom Ride again holds up a mirror to white Australia
The Freedom Ride through western New South Wales towns in February 1965 drew attention to the racism in these towns. Aboriginal student Charles Perkins was, by the end of the journey, a national figure in the fight for Aboriginal rights.