In May 1961 mob violence broke out in Montgomery, Alabama, at the Greyhound Bus Station, during a 'Freedom Ride''. Freedom Rides were bus journeys by Civil Rights activists, black and white, to challenge segregation on buses and in waiting rooms. A mob surrounded and attacked a bus of activists, beating and injuring the riders. Despite this, Freedom Rides carried on and an eventually led to the desegregation of interstate traffic.
Race riots in Montgomery, Alabama (69 words)
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