Freedom Riders

By: Allison Knuf


Date: May 14, 1961

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into segregated southern U.S in 1961. There ended up being over 400 volunteers to be apart of this group.They wanted to challenge the non- enforcement of the US Supreme Court decisions that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. Police arrested the riders for trespassing and unlawful assembly, but in the end the Freedom Riders ended up changing society completely by making segregation on buses illegal, which led to non segregated schools and much more.

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Freedom Riders sent shock waves through American society, no one knew what was going to come out of this chaos, but it ended up being credible for the American Civil Rights Movement which ended racial segregation.