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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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Share Your StoryMore 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?
By Sheila Ganung United States
Date Submitted: July 4, 2013
I work for an auction house photographing and listing the items up for auction. We often have autograph auctions - in these I see the photos and autographs of every type of person - celebrities and sports heros, presidents and astronauts, famous bands and foreign dignitaries. Workers are aloud to bid on items. The only photo and autograph I ever bid on (and got I am so happy to report) if the famous photo of Jim Zwerg and John Lewis bloodied and with their teeth falling out. It is signed my Mr. Zwerg. I had it laminated and keep it in my wallet. It reminds me that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. It gives me courage to make a difference every day. Many thanks for your brave example of grace and courage.
By Dy'Shun Winns Baton Rouge La
Date Submitted: May 9, 2013
I like that the Freedom Riders rise their lifes to help other out. Like how they was willing to die for other. Something I would die for is they way blacks are killing blacks. We should look at how we are making our commution look. We all need to stay in school, and go find well payed jobs, and do something with our lives. Other than killing one another.
By Leonard Robertson Baton Rouge, LA - Valley Park
Date Submitted: May 9, 2013
I would like to thank my African American studies teacher, Mrs.Chambers for teaching me about the Freedom Rides, and for letting me know how people were willing to die for a cause and for genrations to have a better life. I would risk my life for anyone that does not have their freedom, I would also like to thank the Freedom Riders for the struggle they went through to make better life better for me.
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By Jaykayshia Baton Rouge,LA
Date Submitted: May 8, 2013
No I did not participate in the Freedom Rides or later actions of the Civil Rights Movement, and I dont know anyone who participated in the events. I wouldnt risk my life for any of the issues happening today.
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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.
Visit the Official "Freedom Riders" SiteUse the interactive map to retrace the Freedom Rides, meet the people involved and read about the important and related issues of 1961.