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Name:  Thomas M. Armstrong  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Non-Fiction

Born: 1941 in Silver Creek, MS


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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.

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