By: Luke Maddox
The freedom riders were established by a civil rights activist group in May of 1961. Africa Americans were riding buses around using things labeled "whites only" and doing whatever they could to stand up for their rights. This angered many people in the south and some would even wait for the freedom riders so they could beat them up and light their buses on fire. In September, the government helped by making segregation on trains and buses illegal nationwide.
This movement called national attention to the violence and segregation in the south. The freedom riders inspired many more groups to step up and take action, the country was changed forever.