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Freedom Riders

October 12, 2011


The purpose of this movement was to have both black and white volunteers from college aged students to middle aged adults sit next to each other on regularly scheduled Trailways and Greyhound buses bound for New Orleans via Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi (“Polygon Chairman”). This was supposed to be a nonviolent movement until the first bus arrived at its destination, and it was attacked and firebombed by a crazed mob(“Polygon Chairman”). It turned out that the whites suffered from the worst beatings, and that the Ku Klux Klan had an arrangement with authorities (“Polygon Chairman”). The arrangement was that the Ku Klux Klan had fifteen minutes to do whatever they wanted until the police restored order (“Polygon Chairman”).


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