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Jim Zwerg. Freedom rider 1961. He was beaten almost to death when he got off the bus so others could get away safely.

Freedom Rider Jim Zwerg after being beaten in Montgomery, Alabama

Freedom Riders, Jackson MS, 1961 "... civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern US in 1961 to challenge the non-enforcement of US from 1946 & 1960 that ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. The Southern states had ignored the rulings & the federal government did nothing to enforce them. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961... "

FREEDOM RIDER: see some of the diversity among people who risked their personal safety for tolerance, justice, and equality. Used and New Books for Progressive readers and Revolutionary Minds - Fahrenheit 451 Bookstores; at Amazon fah451books.com or on E-Bay at fah451bks.com Follow our blogs at fah451bks.wordpre...

Jim Zwerg. Freedom rider. Attacked by the Klan he waited for two hours for transport to a hospital - no white ambulance would take him.

American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life. People suffered and died voting rights in the '60's until The Supreme Court took those rights away in 2014.

Freedom Riders Bus Burned near Anniston, Alabama, 1961. The whites firebomb a bus full of Freedom Riders in Anniston, Georgia. White mobs regularly beat riders as they leave the buses. But Parchman State Penitentiary is reserved for the real criminals—the Freedom Riders themselves. They have all of their belongings taken. Strip searched, they are put under maximum security.

Please don't walk under the waterfall and get my dress wet. Mother thinks I'm upstairs doing needlepoint.

Freedom Fighter | 1865 (Close Up) by Black History Album, via Flickr

1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders via Breach of Peace