The Freedom Rides

The Freedom Rides

By Kristy Chan (U6, W)

On the 23 August to 3 September 2015, Thierry Gasser (U6, L) and I went on a trip to USA to retrace the Freedom Rides of 1961. Back in the 1960s, the USA was extremely segregated, thus, the Freedom Rides were taken forward by a group of black and white activists in 1961 to testify the newly establish interstate law for desegregation in bus stations in the USA. We chose the route where riders took the Greyhound bus and travelled from Washington, DC to New Orleans. On their way, they experienced serious beatings, their bus was burnt twice, and were all arrested when they reached Jackson, MS. Our route went to all of the stations, as well as visiting museums, and we completed the ride by visiting New Orleans.

 

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