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The Freedom Riders

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Madeline Cottrell

on 19 September 2016

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Freedom riders were civil rights activists

-The first freedom ride left Washington D.C on May 4,1961
The Freedom Riders
Historical Context
In the 1930s segregation was beginning to get
challenged. The 1960s was a big turning point for civil rights.
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Rosa Parks was indirectly the cause of both the Freedom Riders and the Freedom Summer.

Rosa Parks was jailed after refusing to give her bus seat to a white man. The driver, James Blake, demanded that she forfeit her seat, and when she flatly denied, he called the cops on her.
The Freedom Riders were people inspired by Parks' bravery. They were attacked by mobs several times. Members of these racist hordes were ex-convicts and KKK members.
Segregation began to get challenged in the 1930s.
Years later, the campaign known as the Freedom Summer began their long task of giving blacks voting rights
During the said movement, black homes and churches where burned. Finally, though, black people got the rights to vote.
-Some white people helped black people fight for their freedom
Rosa Parks: The One That Started It All
In legal theory, blacks received "separate, but equal" treatment. In reality black facilities were not as good as whites such as drinking fountains, bathrooms, buses, and schools.
Police treated freedom riders like criminals.
The main city they would arrest them was in Birmingham Alabama.
The freedom Riders want to be treated with respect and equality on the buses and where they could get off at.
The drivers horrible comments as they got on and off the buses.
They believed they had the right to get off wherever they wanted.
Many people were against it and strongly disagreed.
The Drivers were very unchangeable about their choice on if they cared one way or another about the segregation going on, most them didn't care.
One time as 50 got off a bus a mob attacked them and destroyed the bus as well.
King was a part of it but not as much a Rosa Parks who started it all by refusing to give up her
Segregation on all the buses was made into a law by the ICC Ruling
On November 1st 961 it was made an official law
They just wanted justice and for people to listen.
It's important that no one anymore has to give up a seat to another person depending on a race or gender.
The South overruled the Supreme Court’s ruling of no segregation on buses and in bus stations.
Around 1960s many of the segregation strongholds had been challenged. One of the last remaining strongholds of segregation was the buses.
The Civil Rights Movement was already underway when the Freedom Riders happened. People were gaining confidence so, why not challenge another unjust law? The Freedom Riders weren’t just five people, they were 400 black and white people who all believed that segregation on buses was wrong.
People had been living
with segregation for a very long time
African Americans began challenging their rights
Segregation in schools was overturned in the 50s and diners in the 60s.
The Supreme Court passed a law saying that segregation would not be accepted in buses or stations.
The South strongly disagreed with this law and didn't enforce it.
In 1961, many black and white people began participating in "freedom rides"
Many other strongholds of segregation had already been challenged
In 1961 there were many groups of people who wanted to be treated equally on the buses, they protested on the buses and eventually won.
In Conclusion the Freedom Riders
tried to make justice with segregation,
their protests and strength made
segregation illegal.

The Freedom Ride Bus
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