Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Freedom Rides

In the spring of 1961, despite the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and two Supreme Court decisions specifically outlawing segregation in interstate travel, black Americans, traveling by bus across state lines in the South, were still forced to sit in separate sections and made to use separate facilities in bus terminals. 

Who were the Freedom Riders? 

Why did people join the Freedom Rides? 

When prejudice and racism are supported by both custom and law, what can be done to 
create a more inclusive society? How do you explain why there is often so much resistance 
to change? 

How does nonviolent direct action expose injustice? Why was it such an effective strategy for 
bringing about change during the civil rights movement? 

What role did the media play in the Freedom Rides? How do media shape our understanding 
of the issues of our time? 

What does the story of the Freedom Riders suggest about the role of citizens in shaping democracy? 

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