Freedom Riders

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The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists - the Freedom Riders - who challenged segregation across the American South in the early 1960s and risked their lives for social change.

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More than 400 Americans risked their lives as Freedom Riders in the Summer of 1961, deliberately violating Jim Crows laws in the Deep South. Did you participate in the Freedom Rides or later actions of the Civil Rights Movement? Is there any issue today for which you would risk your life?

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By dalonzio idk

Date Submitted: February 26, 2014

well i remeber this cause i was also a freedom rider my name is charles johnson i was so scared at first but when diane came up to me and said do it for your country i had no choice bu to go along with it (: but for all u young people out the stand up for whats right eaven if its doing something wrong

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By dalonzio ricketts indianapolis,indiana

Date Submitted: February 26, 2014

well i'm doing a report on this stuff and at first i didnt know what this stuff was but now im learnig it and it's interresting and im dalonzio ricketts a 9th grader at ais in evansville indiana

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By gabrieljastrzembski sbpd stachon

Date Submitted: February 25, 2014

all day every day.


By Austin Whitney Gretna, Nebraska

Date Submitted: February 13, 2014

Hey, I am a ninth grader at Gretna High School in Nebraska. In history class we are supposed to assemble a iMovie project about a major event or development from the 1950's and 60's. So I was just wondering if anyone that participated in the Freedom Riders. Please share your story and any thing that you are willing to tell me that not many people know about that I may be able (with your permission) to put into my iMovie.
Please, share your story with me, so I can tell the class. I will give you credit and cite that you told me.

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Classroom Materials

"American Experience" has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves to develop classroom materials for use with the film. Check out the guide, related resources and other helpful digital media resources available from Teacher's Domain.
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Visit the Official "Freedom Riders" Site

Use the interactive map to retrace the Freedom Rides, meet the people involved and read about the important and related issues of 1961.
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