Freedom Rides

Freedom Rides

The first of many civil rights “Freedom Rides” leaves Washington, D.C., for New Orleans. The Freedom Riders want to test the validity of the Supreme Court’s decision to outlaw racial segregation in bus terminals and through interstate bus travel.6 Angry white mobs — with the blessing of Alabama law enforcement — meet the convoy in Anniston and Birmingham, brutally beating the Freedom Riders and firebombing one of the buses.7

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The Freedom Rides

Moses Newson, a journalist who covered the Civil Rights movement for black-owned newspapers, remembers riding on a bus of black and white "Freedom Riders" in 1961 as they traveled through the South and encountered violence in Alabama.

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