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.
“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.
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.