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  • When the Freedom Riders’ bus traveled through Alabama, they were abandoned by the police.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Freedom Riders—African Americans and whites—took bus trips throughout the South to test federal laws that banned segregation in interstate transportation.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • That bus with the Freedom Riders had just been destroyed-and Robert and one of them laws was standing side the car talking about it.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • This was a time when townspeople in nearby Anniston clubbed riders and burned the buses of the Freedom Riders.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’

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  • A pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement and one of the principal organizers of the March on Washington in 1963, Lewis often risked his life to challenge segregation during the Freedom Rides and to secure the right to vote for African Americans.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Bobby Kennedy was instrumental in helping civil rights activists known as Freedom Riders travel by bus into the South to fight segregation in 1961.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Then along came Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Riders, along with eye-opening books like John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • So let him march; let him make prayer pilgrimages to the city hall; let him go on freedom rides -and try to understand why he must do so.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Epilogue What’s Happened Since Black Like Me The experiment that led to writing Black Like Me was done at the very end of 1959, before the first "freedom rides" or any other manifestation of national concern about racial injustice.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • They stopped reading the signs about voter rights and freedom rides.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld

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  • " That’s a lot more than what Miss Stein told us before, but since the freedom rides started and them civil rights workers disappeared in that station wagon here in Mississippi, she say folks is paying more attention to our state.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • As governor, he withheld law enforcement protection for the Freedom Riders—the black and white college students and activists who traveled south in the early 1960s to desegregate public facilities in recognition of new federal laws.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Reverend King and the Freedom Riders was winning the battle in Alabama and Mi’sippi, but us here in Luzana hadn’t even started the fight.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • In the 1960s, blacks like Dr. King led the civil rights movement, but they received crucial backing from Freedom Riders and other white supporters.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Today, the international movement for women needs "freedom riders" as well—writing letters, sending money, or volunteering their time.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • With the beginning of the freedom rides, the sit-ins, the display of heroic courage and commitment on the part of many who engaged in these activities, and with the rallying around Martin Luther King’s philosophy of nonviolent resistance, that feeling of despair began to change into hope.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
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