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Freedom Riders - May 4, 1961. What if... we had their courage.

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Freedom Rides: 50 years later

A Greyhound bus that carried Freedom Riders burns after being set ablaze by Ku Klux Klan members in 1961. (Joseph Postiglione / Birmingham)

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In June 1961 Interfaith Freedom Riders challenged segregated interstate buses by traveling from Washington, D.C. to Tallahassee, Florida. After successfully completing the Freedom Ride they had planned to fly home but first decided to test whether or not the group would be served in the segregated airport restaurant. As a result 10 Freedom Riders, later known as the Tallahassee Ten, were arrested for unlawful assembly [Priscilla Stephens, Jeff Poland, and another black activist waiting…

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from Syracuse Cultural Workers

Poster - 1961 Freedom Riders

1961 Freedom Riders Poster | "The Freedom Rides eventually encompassed a campaign that lasted seven months, involved over 400 African Americans and whites, and desegregated dozens of bus and train stations from Virginia to Texas. They galvanized every branch of the Civil Rights Movement, binding its past to its future, its tactics to its soul." – Diane McWhorter

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Hank Thomas, one of the original 13 Freedom Riders

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“Hallelujah I’m a travelin”

freedom riders | freedom-riders-mississippi

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from SlipTalk

The World Will Never Be The Same Because Of What These Women Did. This Took Serious Guts.

Her name is Annie Lumpkins and she was a Freedom Rider. She is pictured at the city jail in Little Rock July 10, 1961. She believed in your Right to Vote so much that she went to jail. #Vote

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from Plog

Photos: The 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders

1961-MAY-20 ALABAMA FREEDOM RIDERS - As the Freedom Riders' bus arrived at the Montgomery station, a mob awaited them. The mob first went after reporters and cameramen, throwing them down on the ground and smashing their cameras. Then the mob turned on the Freedom Riders. Jim Zwerg, the only white male student among a group of Freedom Riders, stands bloody after he was beaten at the bus station. The police present did nothing. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser)

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Mugshots of Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, 1961. I love their faces and the range of emotions. All the tiny and not so tiny smiles, as if they know something. I wonder if they knew they'd win.

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