The Freedom Rides: 50 Years Later
Fifty years ago, over four hundred black and white students and young activists participated in non-violent bus trips through southern Jim Crow states. These historic trips, known as the Freedom Rides, were conducted to shed light on the continuous hatred and violation of the Supreme Court’s desegregation ruling. This month, PBS will air the documentary on the incredible journey taken by these courageous young activists. Take a look at the trailer below.
(PBS) FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. 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. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. (Read more)