Traveling on buses from Washington, D. Although the campaign succeeded in securing an Interstate Commerce Commission ICC ban on segregation in all facilities under their jurisdiction, the Freedom Rides fueled existing tensions between student activists and Martin Luther King, Jr. Called the Journey of Reconciliation, the ride challenged bus segregation in the upper parts of the South, avoiding the more dangerous Deep South. On 4 May , the freedom riders left Washington, D.
Freedom Rides | The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
The civil rights movement was a struggle for social justice that took place mainly during the s and s for black Americans to gain equal rights under the law in the United States. By the midth century, black Americans had had more than enough of prejudice and violence against them. They, along with many white Americans, mobilized and began an unprecedented fight for equality that spanned two decades. During Reconstruction , black people took on leadership roles like never before. They held public office and sought legislative changes for equality and the right to vote.