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Remembering the 'Freedom Riders,' 60 years later

5 days ago   |   By WGN TV

The freedom to sit where you want or to use any bathroom you choose wasn't always an option for Blacks when traveling.
In 1955, Rosa Parks helped integrate the Montgomery, Alabama bus system when she refused to give up her seat. But interstate bus travel remained segregated in the south until the Freedom Rides of 1961. Blood was shed and lives were nearly lost as their non-violent protest was met with brutal beatings and jail.
The Freedom Rides began on May 4, 1961. A small group of 13 Black and white members of CORE, the Congress of Racial Equality, set out from Washington D.C., heading...
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