Wednesday, May 4, 2011

On May 4

On this day in ...
... 1961 (50 years ago today), the Congress of Racial Equality, a civil rights group better known as CORE, sponsored the 1st Freedom Ride. In Washington, D.C., 13 CORE volunteers, 7 black persons and 6 white persons, boarded 2 public buses headed for New Orleans, aiming to test the half-year-old U.S. Supreme Court declaration that segregation in interstate busing violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Along the way mobs subjected them to beatings and their bus to burning. The U.S. Department of Justice would intervene on behalf of the civil rights advocates, and civil rights rides would increase, such that "in November, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued rules prohibiting segregated transportation facilities."

(Prior May 4 posts are here, here, here, here.)

No comments: