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Exhibition Commemorates Freedom Rides

 BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) presents a new photo exhibition called gCourage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus,h to the public March 15 through May 22, 2011. The photographs, taken by Anniston Star reporter Joseph Postiglione highlight the horrors and injustices of the attacks on Greyhound and Trailways buses when interracial groups of passengers rode from Washington, D.C., to the Deep South.

The Freedom Riders were on a journey sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), a human rights organization dedicated to peaceful, nonviolent protests against injustice. They met resistance in other southern states, but the violence they encountered in Anniston and Birmingham made history.

Not every rider on the Greyhound and Trailways buses was a participant in CORE.s nonviolent challenge to segregation. Some riders were simply on a routine trip from Atlanta to Birmingham, and two riders were plainclothes state investigators placed on the bus by Alabama Governor John Patterson.

"We are excited to share these photos from our personal collection of this very important event in the history of Alabama," said BCRI Head of Education Ahmad Ward. "Given that this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, we want to make sure people understand what happened here and in Anniston, shining a light on the historical events in Central Alabama in the 1960s."

STORY TAGS: Freedom Rides , Birmingham Civil Rights Institute , Black News, African American News, Minority News, Civil Rights News, Discrimination, Racism, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality, Afro American News

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