Riding to Remember

a group of bike riders poses in front of a sign on the trail of tears

For many, a ride across state lines is simply a road trip – a chance to wander to new landscapes and venture to new destinations. However, for Dr. Jennifer Barger Johnson, a legal studies and business law professor at Central, a trip across state lines was a trip of remembrance and a trip to be remembered.

Dr. Barger recently was selected to participate in the 2018 Remember the Removal Bike Ride, which retraces the northern route of the Trail of Tears. The ride spans 19 days, seven states and nearly 1,000 miles. Participants included 18 riders total – 10 selected by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) and eight riders selected by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Riders are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential, as the program is designed to foster leadership among Cherokee youth. Most riders are between the ages of 16-24, while mentor riders are older than 35. . . .  read more