Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
This Month in the Movement: May 1961

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides of 1961. Following the Supreme Court ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), declaring segregation in interstate travel facilities unconstitutional, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) began recruiting volunteers to participate in the Freedom Rides. The group of thirteen freedom riders, seven black and six white, would board a Greyhouse bus on 4 May in Washington, D.C. headed toward New Orleans, where they hoped to arrive on 17 May to celebrate the seventh anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

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