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The Freedom Riders' courage and strength has not been forgotten. Fifty years after the movement, 40 college students will retrace the first bus route—from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans—beginning on May 4, 2011. Some of the original Freedom Riders are planning to join the students for the anniversary ride.
"On behalf of all of America, may I say you make us proud to call ourselves American. Thank you," Oprah says to the Freedom Riders.
If you're inspired to right a wrong or make a change in your community, start by answering Oprah's questions: "We stand in reverence for what you have done, and we can ask ourselves these questions as we look at the courage that you all showed at such a young age: 'What's wrong with the world? What can we do to change it?'"
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