Of the confrontations, the first one encountered by the Freedom Riders was in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was here that Joseph Perkins was arrested for attempting to get his shoes polished in a whites’-only shoeshine chair. After choosing no bail, Perkins spent two nights in jail. However, this was nothing for Perkins, who had spent two years in the army and engaged in other civil rights movements. After leaving the military, Perkins joined in on the lunch sit-ins to end counter segregation. Because of his great accomplishments and bravery, the CORE thought he would be a positive addition to the group; therefore, they asked him to join in August of 1960...
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...Riders ended up staying (WGBH).
Overall, there is no doubt that the Freedom Riders had the courage to fight a battle they believed in. They gave many others hope for African American rights in the future. Not only this, but as well as the bravery to take on small tasks themselves, like when Aibaleen helped Skeeter write The Help. These brave acts of the Riders were well worth all of their sacrifices, challenging times, and rough encounters.
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