Race riots in Montgomery, Alabama

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Historical Context Note

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.

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  1. American Civil-Rights Movement in the 1960s