The Freedom Riders
The Freedom Riders were civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in hopes of trying to eradicate racial discrimination. They left Washington, D.C. on May 4, 1961 and were scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17. They faced many horrific challenges, but the Freedom Rides established great credibility with Blacks and Whites throughout the United States forming the backbone of the civil rights movement. On this edition of CONNECTIONS find out how this courageous group of men and women fought to change American history.