Riding Toward Freedom!

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The Riders that wanted a peaceful started out fine. But later turned into a brutal Endeavor. May 4, 1961 seven blacks and six whites left Washington, D.C with intentions to make it to Birmingham and hopes to stop at bus stations along the way to check and see if they had followed the new rules that all bus stops must be desegregated. These people consisted of at first younger African Americans but later on older people began to join. And this was not just Africans but whites ended up riding along. In the first few days, the riders encountered only minor hostility, but in the second week the riders were severely beaten. (Congress of Racial Equality ) “We had most trouble, it turned into a struggle, Half way 'cross Alabam, And that 'hound broke down, and left us all stranded, In downtown Birmingham.” Said Chuck Berry one of the original freedom riders. Later on in time with the new freedom rides more and more activist began to join in. Just a few of the famous people were among Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Those were just African Americans, However there were also some famous white people involved in the Freedom Rides. James Peck was an American activist who practiced nonviolent resistance during World War II and in the Civil Rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. was a well-known African American who fought for peace while using Nonviolent protesting methods. Malcolm X was another well-known African American Activist that fought for peace, Strangely with using Violence. Some say that his childhood of abuse and violence is why he used it during his Protest (WikiPedia) Many other students and younger men joined the freedom ride after an incident of the other protesters being beaten to near dear and their bus wa... ... middle of paper ... ...et he was shot for doing nothing wrong. But no was ready to back down when they were so close. “Why stop and let Mlk Jr. be forgotten, We should keep fighting to show what an impact he made” Said unknown (Name was not released in fear of KKK attack) All in all the freedom movements became a great success and lead to great triumphs. It also showed how true Americans would not give up for what’s right the blacks and the whites! Works Cited Congress of Racial Equality . CORE. n.d. . Cozzens, Lisa. Watson Learning Organisation . 1997. . Gross, Terry. NPR books. 12 January 2006. . WikiPedia. Wikipedia. n.d. .

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