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Fifty years ago, black and white Americans risked being thrown in jail--risked their lives--because they traveled on buses and trains together through the Deep South. Known as the Freedom Riders, they deliberately violated Jim Crow laws. The America they discovered was a country fraught with racism. The violence they encountered challenged their own beliefs in nonviolence. Despite Supreme Court decisions mandating the desegregation of interstate travel-- black Americans still encountered racism. The Kennedy Administration was caught up in the Cold War; a global preoccupation that dwarfed domestic civil rights. The Freedom Riders took it upon themselves to make the change.

This moment in American history is the subject of a new American Experience documentary, Freedom Riders. This hour we’ll talk with some of the original riders. We’ll also meet a new generation of students who will take the ride afresh to compare race relations then and now.

Guests: Genevieve Hughes Houghton, Bernard Lafayette, Jr., Ernest "Rip" Patton, Jr., Peter D. Davis

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