04 May 2011

Remembering the Freedom Riders

Today I was fortunate to watch Oprah's show, and I must say it was inspirational. Her show chronicled the historic journey of the Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights era. The first freedom ride took place on May 4, 1961. The ride was to take the activists from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans, LA. Many of the rides were organized by C.O.R.E (Congress of Racial Equality).


























These individuals possessed a bravery that few people will ever demonstrate. They sacrificed their lives for the sake of equality and justice. We each have to stand up for a cause, but how many of us would be willing to give up our lives for someone else? Their self-less actions touched not only their generation, but is evidenced to this day. I've learned that it is necessary to learn who you are, how you can leave a positive presence on someone else, even people you do not know. Yet, I have been reminded that if you do not learn from the past, you are bound to repeat it.



Watch the full episode. See more American Experience.

PBS will air the Freedom Riders documentary by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson on May 16th, 2011.Library of Congress| Freedom Riders

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