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By Katie Urbaszewski, The Times-Picayune In 1961, Freedom Riders fighting for civil rights were greeted at their destinations by angry, violent mobs. This year, as they stepped off the bus, they were greeted with music and thunderous applause.. The Freedom Rides, transportation-based protests in the 1960s that opposed segregation, approach their 50th anniversary. NY1's Budd Mishkin tracked down three local Freedom Riders and filed the following report. They were young, passionate,. When the first bus of Nashville riders made it to Birmingham, they were arrested for entering the white waiting room inside the terminal, Harbour says. Scared and utterly on their own, the riders were taken out of jail in the middle of the night and. (WIAT) - A Birmingham Civil Rights Institute conference looking at hate crimes, 50 years after the freedom riders wrapped up on Monday. Federal and local police held a panel discussion on things such as why some cases are classified as hate crimes and. This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Ride. It has been gratifying to see a number of public events commemorating the occasion; too often progressive history goes unmarked and unremarked.. 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Freedom Riders (Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.) Ashe is the destination for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, which has retraced the original route of the historic 1961 Civil Rights bus ride that. by Spencer Crawford/Villa Rican Congressman John Lewis traces the route he took as a Freedom Rider in May 1961. The trip is documented for posterity on the historic plaque that was unveiled Monday in Villa Rica. The marker was placed by the Villa Rica. The bold and ultimately successful campaign, which brought more than 400 riders all summer, forced Kennedy's hand and brought national troops for the riders' protection is captured in a strong film by Stanley Nelson, \"Freedom Riders,\" premiering this. His love of bikes has filtered down to his children, who also are active riders. Anderson has ridden in all five freedom rides. He rides in memory of his son, Jack, who died two years ago. \"With what we've been through as a family, motorcycles are a. The goal of these \"Freedom Riders\": to test segregation by deliberately violating \"no coloreds\" regulations in bus station waiting rooms and snack bars. Naively, they didn't anticipate trouble. Most were college students, black and white..


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