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Freedom Rides

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Transcript of Freedom Rides

Freedom Rides
What were Freedom Rides?
An U.S civil rights group called "CORE" (congress of racial equality) came up with the plan of the Freedom buses and set out to recruit riders. Their ultimate goal was to have equality all throughout the world, and attempting to desegregate facilities was a good start.
The first Freedom Ride left Washington D.C on May 4th 1961, with 7 blacks and 6 whites aboard 2 buses headed to the deep south.
On Mothers day of 1961, the freedom bus that was in Anniston Alabama was swamped by an angry mob of over 100 people in the Greyhound station. They smashed the windows, slashed the tires, and threatened to kill the riders. After some time, the mob threw a firebomb through the windows, which forced the riders to evacuate. After coming off the bus, they continued to be tortured and beaten on the ground.
Recruiting the Riders
The First Freedom Ride
Freedom rides were a sequence of bus rides through southern states to protest against segregation in facilities. Blacks and whites would sit together, talk together, and use each others facilities on these buses and in terminals. For example; african-americans would use the "whites only" lunch counter and washrooms and vice-versa.
Alabama, May 14th 1961
Present Times
The freedom rides might not have abolished segregation completely, but it did contribute to a part of it. These brave people risked their lives -and knew the consequences- so that we could live segregation free. Thanks to them, and all the others, look where we made it to today.
Birmingham, Alabama 1961
A similar situation that happened in Anniston happened in Birmingham. When the 2nd bus stopped in a Birmingham terminal, it was greeted by another large mob, armed with baseball bats, pipes, and chains. The public saftey commissioner at the time, told the mob they had 15 minutes to do whatever they wished to the people and the bus. After these 15 minutes he would issue the police to come. Due to these incidents, it was extremely difficult to find a bus driver who would drive them the rest of the journey. In the end the riders had to take a plane so they could arrive in New Orleans for the 17th of May. This was the 7th anniversary ceremony of the 'Brown v. Board of Education'
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