Rick Sheviakov


Rick Sheviakov was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1943. He grew up in Berkeley, California where he attended school through high school, graduating from Berkeley High in 1960. While attending San Francisco State College, he joined a CORE-led Freedom Ride from Nashville to Jackson, Mississippi. Rick was among the youngest Freedom Riders. He was arrested upon arrival at the Jackson Greyhound station and jailed at Parchman prison. He recounts his nearly 45 days in prison. After his release, he transferred to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, earning a Ph.D. in school psychology. He returned to California, working at the Marin County Office of Education from 1970 to 1999 when he retired. He lives with his wife in San Anselmo, California.

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Date: November 6, 2020


  • Lead: Jean-Luc Desnoyers-Piña ('22)

  • Instructor: Howard Levin, Director of Educational Innovation

Location: Recorded via Zoom teleconferencing system. Rick Sheviakov was at his home in San Anselmo, California. The interview Team was in their separate homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area during the “shelter in place” order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duration: 104 min


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