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Join us for this special event: The Freedom Riders–In Their Own Words
February 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
A Virtual Conversation with Freedom Riders Joan Browning and Dion Diamond
Moderated by Nancy Doniger and Rep. Anne Hughes, 135th District of Easton, Weston, Redding
February 4th at 7:30PM
Submit questions to the Freedom Riders here.
View the flyer here: Freedom Riders Flyer 2021
- Taking a stand for justice
- Creating an inclusive and equitable America
- Celebrating and embracing diversity
- The impact of taking actions against injustice
The Freedom Rides spanned from May through November 1961 with over 400 Black and white Americans risking their lives to end segregation on interstate transportation. The first Freedom Ride began on May 4, 1961, when seven Black and six white riders left Washington, D.C. on two public buses bound for the Deep South. The riders were testing whether the southern states would enforce the Supreme Court’s ruling that declared segregation on interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional. The violence against the Freedom Riders garnered national and international attention putting pressure on the Kennedy administration to take federal action. In the fall of 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued regulations prohibiting segregation in interstate transit terminals.
The initial ride led to countless Americans joining the Civil Rights movement.