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Freedom to Travel | PBS

Dave Quinn, PBS One of 436 Freedom Riders in 1961. Credit: Getty Images. Featured Image he victory won by the Freedom Riders was decisive and unambiguous, expanding the freedom of African-Americans to travel through the United States. Since the institution of Jim Crow laws at the close of the 19th century, African-Americans in the South had been forced to endure substandard, segregated conditions while traveling on railways and buses. Blacks were forced to sit in the back of the bus and forced to use separate waiting rooms, drinking fountains, and rest rooms. In addition to the humiliation of segregated facilities, […]

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50 Years After Their Mug Shots, Portraits of Mississippi’s Freedom Riders | The New York Times [Lens] The journalist and photographer Eric Etheridge provides visual and oral histories of the courageous men and women known as the Freedom Riders in the 1960s.

Maurice Berger, The New York Times Gloria Bouknight, at 20 years old, and at 74 in 2015. While living in New York City, she discovered the Congress of Racial Equality, or CORE, on a visit to Harlem, and became an active member. Since then, she started a business representing European designers in the United States, and she now works as a wardrobe consultant for executive women. Credit Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Eric Etheridge. Featured Image seven months in 1961, hundreds of black and white volunteers descended on Southern bus and train stations. These Freedom Riders, […]

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New national monuments mark civil rights struggle, Reconstruction era – Politico President Barack Obama has designated three new national monuments in Alabama and South Carolina to commemorate key events in the country’s Reconstruction era and civil rights movement, the White House announced on Thursday.

President Barack Obama has designated three new national monuments in Alabama and South Carolina to commemorate key events in the country’s Reconstruction era and civil rights movement, the White House announced on Thursday.

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