Freedom Riders, 50 years later

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, a civil rights protest that challenged Jim Crow segregation in the South.

Organized by CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality, groups of white and blacks would ride buses together into the Deep South, where they integrated not only the coaches, but also the bus stations and lunch counters. Their nonviolent demonstrations to end segregation laws took great courage. On May 14, 1961, a group of Freedom Riders were mobbed by about 200 people in Aniston, Alabama, and their bus was firebombed. That event is captured as part of a PBS documentary by Stanley Nelson called “Freedom Riders,” which will air on May 16. Countless other Freedom Riders were jailed and beaten as President Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy were slow to intervene.

Francis and Laura Randall, a husband and wife who were part of these historic rides, join Alison Stewart to talk about why they joined the protests, the difficulties involved and which lessons from the Freedom Rides can be applied today.

 
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Comments

  • jan

    I really enjoyed this segment.  

  • Danielly Gata

    eu não gostei disso nada vai tomar no céu  cu 

  • SUZANNE

    If all those freedom riders would stand up for L/G/B/T we would have our CIVIL RIGHTS BY NOW!   But oh no, they allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the radical right religious groups and still don’t think for themselves when it comes to the facts about human sexuality!  Our Constitution was written to keep church and state seperate so that we can have freedom to believe as we wish and not have any goverment tell us how to believe.  Simply put, read our Constitution, stop preaching hate, get the facts about human sexuality, and know that every L/G/B/T suicide is because of HOMOPHOBICS THAT CONTINUE TO PREACH HATE AND NOT LOVE – EVEN THOUGH THAT IS WHAT JESUS TAUGHT YOU TO DO!  WHO IS GOING TO HELL NOW?!  PREACHERS OF HATE OR PREACHERS OF LOVE?