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ERIC Number: EJ866724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1066-2847
Story Corner: Freedom Riders
Brownstein, Rhonda
Teaching Tolerance, n35 p62-63 Spr 2009
These days, when people want to travel a long way, they take an airplane. But once, not so long ago really, only rich people flew in airplanes. Most people took a train or a bus. Back then, in the Montgomery Greyhound station, one could notice a bricked-up doorway that was once an open door with a sign above it that said "Colored Entrance." That's what was strange about this place. There was one door for white people and one door for black people. And if someone went inside, there was one water fountain for black people and another one for white people. There was even one part of the bus for black people and another part of the bus for white people. This article presents a story about Freedom Riders, a group of young people--both black and white--who decided they would change things and decided to get on a bus and travel across the South together. They decided to come right to Montgomery Greyhound bus station and walk in and out of any door they pleased. They made sure that no bus station could have separate doors and bathrooms and waiting rooms anywhere in America.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama