On May 4, 1961, eleven Freedom Riders boarded two buses bound for New Orleans from Washington D.C. The Greyhound bus carrying the first of these groups left Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, May 14, and pulled into a Greyhound bus station in Anniston, Alabama later that day. There, a segregationist mob, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, violently attacked the Freedom Riders. Throughout their journey, the Riders and their supporters continued to be attacked again and again. Finally, on May 20, with the help of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s appeal to the Kennedy Administration and Alabama Governor John Patterson, the National Guard was brought in to stop the violence. That was the first bus. Over 400 Freedom Riders gathered their courage facing violence, jail time, and sometimes death to bring international attention to racial inequality in the Deep South and eventually force the desegregation of bus travel. In this two hour documentary, hear the harrowing story of these brave people as they risked everything to challenge the status quo and change the nation.
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