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04/05/1961 The first Freedom Riders begin a bus trip through the South

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in order to challenge the non-enforcement of two United States Supreme Court decisions which had ruled segregated public buses unconstitutional. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C. in 1961 and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17.


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