A Greyhound bus that carried Freedom Riders burns after being set ablaze by Ku Klux Klan members in 1961. (Joseph Postiglione / Birmingham)

Freedom Rides: 50 years later

A Greyhound bus that carried Freedom Riders burns after being set ablaze by Ku Klux Klan members in 1961. (Joseph Postiglione / Birmingham)

1961 Freedom Riders - The only time I wanted to run away from home was to join them. I was 5. My attempt was unsuccessful.

1961 Freedom Riders - The only time I wanted to run away from home was to join them. I was 5. My attempt was unsuccessful.

The Mississippi Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Miss in 1961. These are the faces of the Civil Rights Movement that are rarely spoken of.  It wasn't just black folks who marched, but Jewish and white american who also spoke out and fought for civil rights. Some went to jail and some died. Lest we all forget the price that was paid for all of us.

The Mississippi Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Miss in 1961. These are the faces of the Civil Rights Movement that are rarely spoken of. It wasn't just black folks who marched, but Jewish and white american who also spoke out and fought for civil rights. Some went to jail and some died. Lest we all forget the price that was paid for all of us.

These guys are, 'Freedom Riders'. this doc.is about about the men and women who refused to ride segregated and traveled together on trains and buses during the Jim Crow era South.

These guys are, 'Freedom Riders'. this doc.is about about the men and women who refused to ride segregated and traveled together on trains and buses during the Jim Crow era South.

Freedom Riders Mug Shots

Mugshots of civil rights activist Freedom Riders, Jackson Mississippi, 1961.

Why is this white man relevant to Black history? He was one of the Freedom Riders. In 1960, he was on a bus full of Freedom Riders who arrived in Montgomery Alabama where an angry white mob was waiting for them. He volunteered to get off the bus first and take the brunt of the mob's violence, which left him beaten and bloody. His name was James Zwerg.

Why is this white man relevant to Black history? He was one of the Freedom Riders. In 1960, he was on a bus full of Freedom Riders who arrived in Montgomery Alabama where an angry white mob was waiting for them. He volunteered to get off the bus first and take the brunt of the mob's violence, which left him beaten and bloody. His name was James Zwerg.

These are the mug shots of the Freedom Riders as they were arrested in 1961. Most of them were sent to the brutal Parchman Prison in Mississippi. These are only 32 of the 400 riders who fought for Freedom.

These are the mug shots of the Freedom Riders as they were arrested in 1961. Most of them were sent to the brutal Parchman Prison in Mississippi. These are only 32 of the 400 riders who fought for Freedom.

partial smile on these mug shots from civil rights activists. 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders.

partial smile on these mug shots from civil rights activists. 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders.

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