Freedom Riders

Definition and Summary of the Freedom Riders
Summary and Definition: The Freedom Riders made their protest on May 4, 1961 when six whites and twelve blacks left Washington, D.C., on two Greyhound buses bound for New Orleans in the south. The purpose was  to test new Interstate Commerce Commission regulations and court orders banning segregation in interstate transportation and establish whether facilities at bus terminals on the journey were integrated or segregated. What was the goal of the freedom riders who set off in the spring of 1961 were volunteers from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) or the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and ranged to retired citizens to young students. The Freedom Riders were attacked and greeted with terrifying violence in Alabama and forced to abandon the original Freedom Ride in Montgomery, Alabama. Massive press coverage encouraged hundreds more Freedom Riders to follow their example.

Freedom Riders
John F Kennedy was the 35th American President who served in office from January 20,1961 to November 22, 1963. One of the important events during his presidency was the emergence of the interracial Civil Rights Activists known as the Freedom Riders.

Freedom Riders Facts for kids: The names of the original Freedom Riders May 4, 1961 – May 17, 1961
The 1961 Freedom Riders were inspired by the Journey of Reconciliation, made by civil rights activists in 1947. Of the eighteen original Freedom Riders, two were women, six were white, and twelve were black.

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