Civil Rights Project

Civil Rights Project

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  • We are the freedom riders, a group of 13 (originally) male and female civil rights activists, who peacefully rode interstate buses down to the segregated south to protest.
  • We peacefully protested the non-enforcement of the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Boynton vs Virginia. This case ruled that segregation in interstate buses and rail stations unconstitutional.
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  • It all started on May 4, 1961, when the CORE director James Farmer led us through Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi
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  • Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in order to test and challenge a segregated interstate travel system, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.
  • From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
  • It didn't all go smoothly as many whites did not respect the black community. On May 14, 1961 whites burned down a Freedom Riders bus in Anniston, Alabama. As they attempted to escape they were brutally beaten with clubs, bricks, and knives.
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