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Freedom Riders. Founding and Purpose . On May 4 th of 1961, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized “Freedom Rides.” To integrate blacks’ and whites’ rights. First Freedom Riders. 13 blacks and whites Boarded two buses Goal-Washington D.C. to New Orleans. Protests. Blacks-

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founding and purpose
Founding and Purpose
  • OnMay 4th of 1961, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized “Freedom Rides.”
  • To integrate blacks’ and whites’ rights
first freedom riders
First Freedom Riders
  • 13 blacks and whites
  • Boarded two buses
  • Goal-Washington D.C. to New Orleans
protests
Protests

Blacks-

  • Sat in white-reserved bus seats
  • Would use white-only facilities when resting
violence in alabama
Violence in Alabama

Anniston-

  • One of the buses was firebombed and the other had its passengers beaten by K.K.K. members who entered the bus

Birmingham-

  • Freedom riders were beaten with baseball bats and iron pipes
escort to montgomery
Escort to Montgomery
  • Alabama Highway Patrol
  • Abandoned buses at city limits
  • Were mobbed by whites at bus stop
  • Freedom rides were temporarily stopped until replacements arrived
john f kennedy
John F. Kennedy
  • President of the United States during 1961
  • Allowed Mississippi and Alabama police to arrest segregation law violators as long as they stopped violent outbreaks
  • All freedom riders to violate segregation laws after May 23rd, 1961 in Mississippi or Alabama were unharmed by mobs, arrested by police, and had their rides discontinued
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