Former civil rights activists raised in the South recount how their commitment to nonviolence was sorely tested by the extreme hostility and mob violence they encountered.
Group singing provided solace for Freedom Riders facing the constant threat of violence. It was also an effective political tool.
In the decades after WWII, civil rights leaders relied on legal and legislative challenges to dismantle segregation.
Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. trained future Freedom Riders in nonviolence during role-playing activities in Nashville, TN.