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The Freedom Riders arrive in Atlanta on May 13, and have dinner with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. They have high hopes that he might join them on the buses—perhaps becoming a Freedom Rider himself. Instead, King questions the wisdom of proceeding into Alabama, where the probability of violent resistance was high, and urges the Riders to reconsider traveling through the Deep South. Nonetheless, the CORE Freedom Riders leave Atlanta on May 14, bound for Alabama.

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