Group singing provided solace for Freedom Riders facing the constant threat of violence. It was also an effective political tool. "Without singing, we would have lost our sense of solidarity,” John Lewis says.
The Freedom Riders represented a cross-section of America – black and white, young and old, religious and secular.
A student at Fisk University in Tennessee, Diane Nash became the leader of the Nashville Student Movement.
The state of Mississippi's plan to bankrupt CORE backfired when, on August 14, 1961, all but nine of the Freedom Riders returned to Jackson for their arraignment.