A Greyhound bus that carried Freedom Riders burns after being set ablaze by Ku Klux Klan members in 1961. (Joseph Postiglione / Birmingham)

Freedom Rides: 50 years later

A Greyhound bus that carried Freedom Riders burns after being set ablaze by Ku Klux Klan members in 1961. (Joseph Postiglione / Birmingham)

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland - freedom rider, lunch counter sitter, civil rights activist, rich girl who defied her parents to do something really dangerous & really important. Civil Rights Mississippi                                                                                                                                                     More

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland - freedom rider, lunch counter sitter, civil rights activist, rich girl who defied her parents to do something really dangerous & really important. Civil Rights Mississippi More

The Mississippi Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Miss in 1961. These are the faces of the Civil Rights Movement that are rarely spoken of.  It wasn't just black folks who marched, but Jewish and white american who also spoke out and fought for civil rights. Some went to jail and some died. Lest we all forget the price that was paid for all of us.

The Mississippi Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Miss in 1961. These are the faces of the Civil Rights Movement that are rarely spoken of. It wasn't just black folks who marched, but Jewish and white american who also spoke out and fought for civil rights. Some went to jail and some died. Lest we all forget the price that was paid for all of us.

Her name is Winonah Myers and she was a white student at the historically black Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Arrested for being a Freedom Rider, she stayed in Parchman for her full 6-month sentence, the only Freedom Rider to serve a full term. "I felt there should be a little historical footnote that for sitting next to a friend on the (bus), this was the punishment meted out," she added. "I didn't think it would be recorded if no one had done the time." said Myers, 69

Her name is Winonah Myers and she was a white student at the historically black Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Arrested for being a Freedom Rider, she stayed in Parchman for her full 6-month sentence, the only Freedom Rider to serve a full term. "I felt there should be a little historical footnote that for sitting next to a friend on the (bus), this was the punishment meted out," she added. "I didn't think it would be recorded if no one had done the time." said Myers, 69

These guys are, 'Freedom Riders'. this doc.is about about the men and women who refused to ride segregated and traveled together on trains and buses during the Jim Crow era South.

These guys are, 'Freedom Riders'. this doc.is about about the men and women who refused to ride segregated and traveled together on trains and buses during the Jim Crow era South.

In a safe house in Montgomery, Alabama, Freedom Riders relax, regroup, and heal in May 1961. Over the next three days, more volunteers would arrive from Nashville, New Orleans, and Atlanta to join the Rides, replacing those who had dropped off. The next stop was daunting — Jackson, Mississippi — but in this brief respite, they played cards, savored cigarettes, and listened to Ella Fitzgerald records. Paul Schultzer.

The TIME Vault: April 9, 1965

In a safe house in Montgomery, Alabama, Freedom Riders relax, regroup, and heal in May 1961. Over the next three days, more volunteers would arrive from Nashville, New Orleans, and Atlanta to join the Rides, replacing those who had dropped off. The next stop was daunting — Jackson, Mississippi — but in this brief respite, they played cards, savored cigarettes, and listened to Ella Fitzgerald records. Paul Schultzer.

Jim Zwerg.  Freedom rider.  Attacked by the Klan he waited for two hours for transport to a hospital - no white ambulance would take him.

Jim Zwerg

Jim Zwerg. Freedom rider. Attacked by the Klan he waited for two hours for transport to a hospital - no white ambulance would take him.

These are the mug shots of the Freedom Riders as they were arrested in 1961. Most of them were sent to the brutal Parchman Prison in Mississippi. These are only 32 of the 400 riders who fought for Freedom.

These are the mug shots of the Freedom Riders as they were arrested in 1961. Most of them were sent to the brutal Parchman Prison in Mississippi. These are only 32 of the 400 riders who fought for Freedom.

The Freedom Riders

The Freedom Riders

In 1961, a group of dedicated men and women boarded buses to travel throughout the South.  Their mission-to peacefully challenge the Jim Crow’s laws and the non-compliance of the South’…

“Hallelujah I’m a travelin”

In 1961, a group of dedicated men and women boarded buses to travel throughout the South. Their mission-to peacefully challenge the Jim Crow’s laws and the non-compliance of the South’…

1961 Freedom Riders - The only time I wanted to run away from home was to join them. I was 5. My attempt was unsuccessful.

1961 Freedom Riders - The only time I wanted to run away from home was to join them. I was 5. My attempt was unsuccessful.

Freedom Riders began their crusade for racial equality in 1961.

Get On the Bus: The Freedom Riders of 1961

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