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 Terri Lyons United States

Date Submitted: June 17, 2014

Thank you all for your fight, your might and your determination. I honor you, I write about you and do what I can to teach our youth about the long, hard, hot struggles washed with blood for a better day. God Bless you all


By Azayla Rodriguez E

Date Submitted: May 2, 2014

This story behind all The Freedom Riders and the movement is empowering. It amazing me what people can do if they get together and believe in being treated right and fairly.

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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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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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