Joan Browning

Joan C. Browning is one of nine Albany (Ga) Freedom Riders. On the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, she and other Freedom Riders County were feted all across the country, including as a guest of Congress at the premiere of the documentary about the Freedom Rides, as a guest on the Oprah Show, and at a meeting of women Freedom Riders at the National Women’s Law Center event where requested by President Barack Obama asked to meet the Freedom Riders. At home in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, she writes about her experiences in the 1960s freedom movement – and about African American history. She has been guest lecturer at more than 75 colleges and universities, presented scholarly papers at a dozen historical conferences, and in 2012 team-taught, with Dr. David Trowbridge, two classes in civil rights movement history at Marshall University.

Biographical writings include “Invisible Revolutionaries: White Women in Civil Rights Movement Historiography,” in the 1996 Journal of Women’s History and “Shiloh Witness” in the collection, Curry, Browning, et. al., Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White Women in the Freedom Movement (University of Georgia Press, 2000).