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50th Anniversary of the Freedom Ride Movement

Montgomery Civil Rights Monument.jpgOn May 4, 1961, the civil rights group CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) organized the freedom rides, integrated bus rides meant to draw attention to failures to adhere to a Supreme Court decision prohibiting discrimination in interstate travel. Volunteers, black and white, sat together in buses travelling across the South and ignored signs at bus terminals designating "white only" areas. On May 14, members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked Freedom Riders in Birmingham, Alabama. On May 20, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy sent federal marshals to keep the peace and protect the riders, and by 1962, segregation had ended in almost all buses and bus terminals in the United States.


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