Freedom Rides

During the American Civil Rights Movement, groups of people tried to break the stranglehold that segregation had on the south by riding buses between the southern states. After 1960 it was illegal to segregate restaurants, waiting rooms, and buses that crossed state lines, however, in the south, these places were still segregated. The rides began in 1961 and on many occasions the riders (both white and black) were threatened, attacked, and even injured.