Born: February 24, 1938, in Charleston, South Carolina. Grew up in Rochester, New York. A member of a NAACP youth group in junior high and high school.Then: Student at the University of Rochester, where he had helped start a CORE chapter. Also a conscientious objector.
The Freedom Rides of 1961 weren't the only civil rights revolution taking place during this time. Find out what was happening in the Deep South and around the country that made the Freedom Rides necessary.
Read an excerpt from Raymond Arsenault's book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.
Get to know seven of the major players involved in the Freedom Rides of 1961.
Black people and white people, willing to die for what was right. Fifty years later, Oprah reunites American heroes, the Freedom Riders.