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On the Road Again: Students and Freedom Riders Retrace Route – and Explore Roots – of Historic Bus Movement
by TaRessa Stovall

May 1961: Between May and December , 436 black and white civil rights activists, many of them students, known as Freedom Riders rode more than 60 bus rides to fight segregated travel facilities in the South and raise the nation’s consciousness about racial injustice.

May 2011: Fifty years later, a diverse group of 40 college students, accompanied by some of the original Freedom Riders and others, will mark the 50th anniversary of the pioneering journey by retracing the original route in a 10-day journey to be shared through film and social media. Read more…


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