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Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams of Bryant, a junior political science major at the University of Arkansas, was chosen for the "American Experience" 2011 Student Freedom Ride. AETN followed her experience as one of 40 college students chosen for this experiential learning opportunity that retraces the route of the original Freedom Riders in 1961. The Student Freedom Ride was developed in conjunction with the broadcast of "Freedom Riders" and the 50th anniversary of the original May 1961 Freedom Rides.

This southern belle grew up in The Natural State, but had her eyes set on bigger things when she hopped on a flight to Las Vegas after high school. In Sin City Sam discovered a passion for writing and politics, which has carried her from Capitol Hill to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. After transferring to the UA in 2009, she became Opinion Editor at The Arkansas Traveler and is committed to a career in public service.

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@Rider_Marshall haha the day our lives flashed before our eyes...

28 May

@OhhAsh nice! You should check it out! Especially if they perform "freedom songs" because they are really good.

26 May

@OhhAsh touche. I have seen it and you are right - some parents should not have been allowed to have children!

25 May

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Arkansas's own Samantha Williams gets a seat on the bus!

Samantha Williams, a political science major at the University of Arkansas, is one of 40 students who will participate in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride May 6-16. Like the original Freedom Ride in 1961, the 2011 Student Freedom Ride 10-day journey will begin in Washington, D.C. and end in Jackson, Miss.

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