Freedom Riders – When White and Colored People Come Together!

mob-attacks-bus-Alabama-631.jpg__800x600_q85_cropFighting racial segregation in the South was no child’s play. These activists were beaten and arrested while they rode buses from city to city. They wanted to integrate people but apparently some people did not want that to happen. Where are they now, over fifty years later?

Before going any further, I would like to invite each and everyone of you to watch this video that will explain and help you understand what the Freedom Riders were doing in the early 1960’s. This documentary is shocking and will definitely make you think about this racial issue that we still have to face. Well, watch the trailer and get the feel of what I am talking about:

The bus passengers assaulted that day were Freedom Riders, among the first of more than 400 volunteers who traveled throughout the South on regularly scheduled buses for seven months in 1961 to test a 1960 Supreme Court decision that declared segregated facilities for interstate passengers illegal. Now that you know what this is all about, I think you are ready to go for the whole thing:

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In 1992, a protest broke out in Los Angeles, California due to Rodney King’s case. Over 120 murders in Long Beach had been counted in the months following Rodney King’s riots. However, But it is not what this post is about. We will talk more about it in another opportunity. Well, so you might be asking yourself what this is about then!
This riot has shocked many people in much of the world including a teacher from Glendora, California. I am talking about Ms. Erin Gruwell. Her career as a High School teacher is told in the movie Freedom Writers, which is actually a real project that has helped teenagers understand that we all can come together even if we are Asian, Blacks, Whites, Latinos… You can watch the trailer of this enthralling movie below:

From Freedom Riders to Freedom Writers – All of them are  Freedom Fighters

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What’s intriguing is that everything here happened after Rosa Park’s heroic action that led Martin Luther King, Jr. to the bus boycott that lasted 382 days.

I highly recommend both documentary above and the movie Freedom Writers. I am sure they will instigate you and lead you to more and more study about African American History.

I sometimes find myself thinking that if it weren’t for those people, how would my life be now?

This material has been selected, adapted, analyzed, and put together by Rodrigo P. Honorato


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