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Atlanta, Georgia, May 13–14, 1961
The Freedom Riders arrive in Atlanta on May 13 and attend a reception with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. They have high hopes that he might join them on the buses, perhaps becoming a Freedom Rider himself. Instead, King passes on a warning that the Klan has "quite a welcome" prepared for the Riders in Alabama, and urges them to reconsider traveling through the Deep South. Despite the warning, the CORE Freedom Riders leave Atlanta on May 14, bound for Alabama.