Freedom Riders

Civil Rights Movement

"When I did see the young people, first the sit-ins and the courage that they had to have, and then a couple years later on the bus in Anniston, and Jim Peck being so brutally beaten, I thought I just had to do something, and simply volunteered and proceeded.” ~ Albert Gordon, Freedom Rider, Teacher, Jewish immigrant whose family had been killed by the Nazis during World War II

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Freedom Riders

Genteel middle-class protesters from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) headed out on Freedom Rides, in which racially mixed bus passengers tested allegedly integrated facilities across the South, and were violently put down by the Klan. The senior ministerial leaders, stunned by the ferocity of the violence, wanted no part of additional Freedom Rides. But the student leadership represented by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) decided to resume them — to go ahead into Alabama — over the resistance of their great mentors, the black ministers.
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