Friday, April 22, 2011

The Freedom Riders: 50 years ago

If you want to read about heroism in Americans, here's a very good article:

Remembering the Freedom Rides

In one town, "members of the Ku Klux Klan ... set fire to one bus and beat riders on the other with pipes, chains and bats." At every stop, menacing crowds threatened the nonviolent freedom riders with beatings and worse. Although their idealism hadn't prepared them for the level of near-lethal attacks, they persisted, and eventually, succeeded in creating a better America. The article describes the freedom rides as well as a number of memorials that now stand along the route their buses took 50 years ago.

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