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Freedom Riders

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120 minutes
Source: PBS Video

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders took brave and decided actions to dismantle the structures of discrimination—specifically segregated interstate bus travel—through nonviolence. Freedom Riders features testimony from the Riders themselves as well as from state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the rides firsthand.

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