Saturday, May 4, 2013
Teaching About the Freedom Riders
On this date 52 years ago, the first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C. on a bus ride to stop segregation on interstate buses. Scheduled to arrive on May 17th in New Orleans, violence prevented the riders from reaching their goal. Yet, this was a critical event in the struggle for civil rights in the 20th century. It exposed that the system of racism would be defended with violence. Pressed for time, many social studies teachers often give this event limited time in the U.S. history courses. Check out the excellent PBS-produced documentary commemorating the 50 anniversary of this important historical event. The teacher's guides offer numerous documents and resources for U.S. history teachers.
Resource Link: www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders