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Freedom Rides The Freedom Rides were organized by the Congress of Racial Equality CORE to test the effectiveness of a 1960 supreme court decision Boynton V Virginia which prohibited racial segregation in public areas that served interstate travelers On May 4th 1961 a small interracial group of CORE members traveled in two buses to challenge southern segregated restrooms waiting rooms and restaurants in bus terminals between Washington DC and New Orleans Mont 1 On Mothers Day May 14th the Freedom Riders split up into two groups to travel through Alabama The first group was met by a mob of about 200 angry people in Anniston The mob stoned the bus and slashed the tires The bus got away but when they stopped to change the tires the bus was firebombed The second bus did not fare any better It was greeted by a mob in Birmingham and the Riders were severely beaten One of the badly hurt ones was James Peck who was beaten so badly he had to have fifty stitches in his head Despite the violence the Freedom Riders were determined to continue Cozens 12 While the older more conservative Civil Rights Organizations urged Diane Nash and the other Riders to stop they refused and put out a call to CORE SNCC and SCLC to bring more Freedom Riders on board Alarmed by the violence President Kennedy dispatched his brother then Attorney General Robert Kennedy to strike a deal with the state officials from Mississippi to ensure that the Freedom Riders would have a safe passage to Jackson and not get hurt at all by any whites or be bothered by any mobs In exchange for the Freedom Riders safety they would be arrested on their arrival in Jackson Lisker 2 Soon the local jails in Jackson were filled to capacity Over 350 of the Freedom Riders were placed behind bars and given a six month sentence for breach of
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