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Fifty years ago, a small group boarded a bus in Washington D.C. to challenge racial segregation in the deep South. They were nearly burned alive in Alabama. Then hundreds of activists joined the movement to keep the rides going. Host Michel Martin speaks with two Freedom Riders about this historical episode. Congressman Bob Filner and Rev. Reginald Green were college students when joining and were consequently jailed.

"I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself." Shirley Chisholm 1968

This is a really creepy image but the rational behind it was that photographs were really expensive, so mothers got their children to sit on their laps so the child didn't move and they draped themselves in black cloth so that they weren't actually "in" the photograph - Just a bit of history for you Anet & Alexa

* Mohandas Gandhi * London, c.1889.

7 Of The Most Unrecognized Women in Black History

Diane Nash - A leader & strategist of the student wing of the Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash was a member of the Freedom Riders. She also helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) & the Selma Voting Rights Committee campaign, which helped blacks in the South to vote & have political power. A bright, focused, utterly fearless woman, with an unerring instinct for the correct tactical move at each increment of the crisis; a leader, with flawless instincts.

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A few of the brave young women who were arrested in 1961 for the crime of riding together on an interstate bus, with the shocking intent of defying lawful racial segregation in public accommodations, and calling world attention to How Things Were Done at that time and place. Contemplate these 8 expressions - each unique and with different subtexts. As my self-righteous, law-abiding aunt would have said, "Those girls are not even **ashamed** of themselves!" Once again showing that people…

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Honors Freedom Riders

Diane Nash- leader of the second wave of the Freedom Riders in the civil rights movement in the South. People were getting their heads beaten in with pipes and baseball bats, and they just kept coming. "Like a tree standing by the water, we shall not be moved."