Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking with a group of Freedom Riders, including (center) Ralph Abernathy and James Farmer.
MLK Jr. in Alabama
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the telephone after encountering a white mob protesting against the Freedom Riders in Montgomery, AL.
MLK Jr. with Freedom Riders in Alabama
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (left) and Ralph Abernathy (right) talking with Freedom Riders at the home of Dr. Richard Harris in Montgomery, AL.
On how the Movement liberated white Americans, too
Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent movement to free India from British colonial rule inspired American civil rights activists who had immersed themselves in Ghandi's teachings and viewed non-violence as an effective way to challenge the tyranny of the Jim Crow South.
Democracy in Action
Prospective Freedom Riders volunteer to travel to Jackson, Mississippi.
On Robert Kennedy's request for a cooling off period
On the ICC desegregation order
Democracy In Action
Freedom Riders came diverse backgrounds but shared common goals
The Freedom Riders represented a cross-section of America - black and white, young and old, religious and secular. "The Freedom Rides were trying to say to America: we are a diverse country - let's act like a diverse country, where every part of the diversity is equal, and is treated equally," says Freedom Rider Rabbi Israel Dresner.