Group singing provided solace for Freedom Riders facing the constant threat of violence. It was also an effective political tool. "Without singing, we would have lost our sense of solidarity,” John Lewis says.
A student at Fisk University in Tennessee, Diane Nash became the leader of the Nashville Student Movement.
In the decades after WWII, civil rights leaders relied on legal and legislative challenges to dismantle segregation.
The state of Mississippi's plan to bankrupt CORE backfired when, on August 14, 1961, all but nine of the Freedom Riders returned to Jackson for their arraignment.