The Cross Cultural Center, in collaboration with the African American Studies Program and the Department of History, will host an exhibition highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides from Nov. 7 - Nov. 11 in suite 237 of the Busch Student Center.
Come learn more about the valiant efforts of a diverse group of volunteers--black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, Northern and Southern--all united in the struggle for civil rights in the Jim Crow South.
By 1960, two U.S. Supreme Court decisions had ruled that requiring racial segregation on interstate travel was illegal. However, the rulings were largely ignored in the South. To challenge the status quo, the Freedom Riders performed a simple act. They traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses.