Honoring Champions
of Free Expression


Freedom Rider Rip Patton and Freedom Fighters DC’s Philomena Wankenge

Former Freedom Rider Ernest "Rip" Patton and Philomena Wankenge, a Black Lives Matter activist and founder of Freedom Fighters DC, discuss the evolution of civil rights activism and their roles in the movement. USA TODAY Washington correspondent Deborah Barfield Berry moderates the conversation. Read more about the movement.

Recorded August 27, 2020.

First Five Live is a Freedom Forum conversation series featuring activists and influencers sharing stories about how they have exercised the five freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — to ignite change.

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