Civil Rights Freedom Riders, May 20, 1961 On May 20, 1961, a group of black and …

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Civil Rights Freedom Riders, May 20, 1961 On May 20, 1961, a group of black and white SNCC members led by John Lewis left Birmingham bound for Montgomery on a Greyhound bus. They were determined to continue the “Freedom Ride” from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans that had met with violence in Birmingham. Their purpose was to test a court case, “Boynton v. Virginia,” declaring segregation in bus terminals unconstitutional. Upon arriving in Montgomery, their police escort disappeared, and an an

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