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.