SIT INS AND FREEDOM RIDES . BY CHERYL SURLES JANUARY, 2012. IMPORTANT DATES OF THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUALITY. 1819 First route of Underground Railroad 1865 13 th Amendment abolishes slavery in the United States
“Strong people don’t need leaders."
"We believe, since we buy books and papers in the other part of the store, we should get served in this part."
The Freedom Riders of the early 1960s organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) rode through the South seeking integration of the bus, rail, and airport terminals. This map shows their routes, location of violent events, and numbers of Freedom Riders arrested.
The Freedom Riders bus burning at Anniston,
Alabama ( above) and James Peck, Rider beaten
at Anniston (right).
From Anniston the remaining bus traveled
to Montgomery with all kinds of protection
until they reached the city limits where it
all disappeared. As the bus pulled into the
bus station, it was attacked by a large mob
with baseball bats and lead pipes unrestrained by police who did not show up for 20 minutes.