Remembering Nonviolent History
Freedom Rides

Sun, Rivera
Date Written:  2016-05-04
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2016
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19414

By May 1961, federal law had already ruled that segregation on interstate public buses was illegal. Southern states, however, maintained segregation in seating, and at bus station bathrooms, waiting rooms and drinking fountains and the Interstate Commerce Commission refused to take action to enforce federal law. To change this, the Civil Rights Movement (CORE, SNCC, NAACP) began a series of Freedom Rides on May 4th, 1961.

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