Take time to watch “Freedom Riders” tonight on PBS. After the success of the sit-in movement in 1960, the freedom rides of 1961 were the next chapter in an unfolding civil rights story.
Desegregating interstate travel was strategic because it was sure to be fraught with conflicts between non-violent and violent. Like most events of the civil rights story, it is a mixture of courage and hostility and reminds me of the three young Hebrews in the book of Daniel. Through the conflicts, it was a printed image like the one above that pricked America’s conscience to bring pressure to change an unjust system.
If you’re around tonight, check out PBS at 9:00 pm (EST). If not, set your DVR.