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The Freedom Rides: 50 Years Later

As summer nears, many college students are planning road trips, but few will have the same significance as the one that William Dale, a University of Kansas freshman, will embark on with 39 other college students. On May 6, 40 students from across the country will be undertaking a journey to retrace the stops of the Freedom Rides, fifty years later. In 1961, more than 400 black and white civil rights activists boarded buses and embarked on a journey from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans to test Boynton v. Virginia, a Supreme Court decision that made segregation illegal in the public transportation that crossed state lines. During their journey, they encountered mobs, physical assault and imprisonment, and in fact, because of the violence from the Ku Klux Klan and other supremacy groups, the original riders never reached their intended destination. Read more…


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