The Freedom Riders

Timeline created by 10jfickes
Event Date: Event Title: Event Description:
2806661594 e8f51762c5 m The First Ride The first ride was led by a CORE director. There were thirteen riders:seven were black and six were white. They left Washington D.C in route to Loisianna, South Carolina, and Alabama. They boarded The Greyhound Trailways buses and continued their ride down south through until May 17.
2389650157 3310d729cb The Arrival in Louisanna The riders arrived in New Orleans, Louisanna to celebrate the anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision that outlawed segregation in schools. They were also there to test the Supreme Court decision on the Boynton v. Virginia case.
2551616516 e585460f0e m South Carolina Arrival The next day they arrived in South Carolina. It was pretty uneventful day, however, one man was arrested.
342107118 0eb1644e7e Atlanta Arrival On the 19th the arrived in Atlanta, Georgia and recieved a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. to promote them on what they're doing. Along with the Martin Luther King, The Freedom Riders were inspired by the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation.
2245545658 843f9b840f m Alabama Arrival The last stop was in Alabama where one buses of riders were fire bomed by a mob of angry protestors. All of the riders survived because of the state safety office. The second bus of riders arrived in Birmingham and were attacked by a group of angry people. After this day the riders questioned if they wanted to contine their rides because they were in danger.
462582571 f8c7cb92b9 The Journey Back Home At this point the riders were already into the deep south which was very dangerous land for racial equality. Because of this John Seigenthaler was sent to help them get back to New Orleans safely.
1442119315 6550e6d73f Honorable Riders On May 22, 1961 student activists in Nashville made a point that if the freedom riders end because of violence, then our freedom may end because of that violence. Some of those students then joined the freedom riders in support. Once they joined the freedom riders, hundreds of other students decided they wanted to too. As the year progressed they didnt just help to stop segregation there, they helped outlaw segregation everywhere. They were willing to work for an end to segregation.
1373702247 c20024ac18 Freedom Rider Support The Freedom Riders started to head back to Washington in order to replace the wounded riders with new ones and send them back home to their families. The Freedom Riders did not stop there, their rides contuinued all throughout the Civil Rights Movement.