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In 1961, Africian American and white volunteers, many of whom were college students traveled into the South to draw attention to its refusal to integrate bus terminals. These teams were called Freedom Riders.

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from Syracuse Cultural Workers

Poster - 1961 Freedom Riders

1961 Freedom Riders - The only time I wanted to run away from home was to join them. I was My attempt was unsuccessful.

During 1961, student volunteers took bus trips through the South to test anti-segregation laws. They were known as freedom riders. They were often attacked while they were acting peacefully.

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These guys are, 'Freedom Riders'. this doc.is about about the men and women who refused to ride segregated and traveled together on trains and buses during the Jim Crow era South.

These guys are, 'Freedom Riders'. this doc.is about about the men and women who refused to ride segregated and traveled together on trains and buses during the Jim Crow era South.

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Freedom Rides: 50 years later

A Greyhound bus that carried Freedom Riders burns after being set ablaze by Ku Klux Klan members in 1961. (Joseph Postiglione / Birmingham)

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“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” Suffragette Susan B. Anthony, 1896.

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May we never forget the courage and sacrifice of the Freedom Riders. Firebombed Freedom Ride bus in Annison, Alabama, on Mother's Day, May 14, 1961. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.