The Freedom Riders: CORE's First Wave

Freedom Riders on a Greyhound bus sponsored by the Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE), sit on the ground outside the bus after it was set afire by a group of whites who met the Negro and white group on arrival, Anniston, Alabama, May 14, 1961. After Underwood Archives / Getty Images

In 1961, buses and terminals in the South were illegally segregated. The Civil Rights group CORE sent riders to test the law, riding from D.C., to New Orleans. However, no one was prepared for the violence that waited in Alabama. Tune in to learn more.

Topics in this Podcast: Freedom Rides, Freedom Riders, segregation, American history, civil rights, black history, U.S. history, Civil Rights Movement