Monday, September 12, 2011
Introducing the Freedom Riders
Today in the eighth grade, we launched our first unit: Freedom Riders. The Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated South to test the Supreme Court’s ruling that outlawed segregation in interstate buses and the restaurants and waiting rooms in their terminals. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C. on May 4, 1961, and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17. Along the way, the Freedom Riders were attacked by the Ku Klux Klan, arrested, and worse.
Over the next several days, we'll learn about these inspiring activists--many of whom were young college students. We'll be viewing and discussing large portions of Freedom Riders, a PBS documentary. To find out more, visit the documentary website, which includes timelines, photos, videos, maps, and more useful features.
Thanks for your strong participation in today's gallery walk. See you tomorrow.