Civil Rights Activist Carol Ruth Silver to Speak at Women’s History Month Reception

Civil Rights Activist Carol Ruth Silver to Speak at Women’s History Month Reception

March 3, 2017

Mary’s Woods is pleased to announce that Civil Rights Activist Carol Ruth Silver will speak at the Women’s History Month Reception at Mary’s Woods on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2pm at the Chapel of the Holy Names. The speaking engagement will be followed by a meet-and-greet reception, where visitors can talk to Mrs. Silver.

Carol Ruth Silver was one of the first white women to be jailed on the Freedom Rides, which in 1961 kicked off the Civil Rights Movement, seeking to end segregation of African-Americans.  Joined by her friend and fellow Freedom Rider Claude Liggins, he said of the time, “I’m so glad I took the trip, became involved, because every now and then I meet somebody and we’ll be out in public and they’ll remember my name. They say, ‘Claude Liggins, you really did a fantastic job. You helped change the city.’ It’s a good feeling to look back at something historical that you were a part of.”

Carol Ruth Silver Bio:

After graduating from the college of the University of Chicago, where she first became involved in the civil rights movement, Silver went to work as a clerk at the United Nations.  Before entering law school, she chose to travel South as a Freedom Rider. Arrested with her five companions in Jackson, Mississippi, she spent forty days in jail.  In 2014  she published her diary from that time as Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes from Parchman Prison.  She spent her post-law school internship working for Floyd McKissick, who later became head of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). From 1977–1989, she served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, working with LGBT pioneer Harvey Milk on important legislation. She founded San Francisco’s first-in-the-nation Mandarin Chinese immersion school in 1982. Since 2002, she has traveled to Afghanistan numerous times to support and promote education, especially of women and girls.  As of 2014, she retired from the practice of law and in 2015 she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Dharma Realm Buddhist University.

Claude Liggins  Bio:

As a twenty year old African American student from Los Angeles City College, Liggins was arrested for his participation in a June 25, 1961 Freedom Ride from New Orleans, Louisiana to Jackson, Mississippi via the Illinois Central Railroad. During the mid-1960, he was active in the Los Angeles branch of CORE.


WHAT: Women’s History Month

WHO: Carol Ruth Silver

WHEN: March 4, at 2pm

WHERE: Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, Chapel of the Holy Names

PARKING: Complimentary valet parking at the front of Provincial House