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Freedom Riders

Who were the Freedom Riders?

     Freedom Riders...Who were the Freedom Riders? Freedom Riders were men and women of many races who rode buses together to the segregated South. They did this to first hand test the Supreme Court's decision stating that racial segregation was not allowed in all public interstate facilities.
      The National Association for the  Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) started the movement in the 1950s. Eventhough, laws had outlawed segregation on all interstate public facilities; the South still kept them segregated. However, the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) started to organize Freedom Rides in 1961. They traveled to many states in the South. The original Freedom Rides bus was burn , and segragationists beat the Freedom Riders. The Freedom Riders also participated in sit-ins.

Freedom Riders with a burning bus.
John Lewis and James Zwerg, two Freedom Riders,shown above were beaten by a white mob.