James Farmer was the director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), on May 4, 1961 he recruited a group of (6 white and 7 black) civil rights activists. The goal was to test the Supreme Court's ruling in Boynton v. Virginia (1960), which declared segregation in interstate bus and rail stations unconstitutional. Rev. Ralph Abernathy was a key figure in the civil rights movement of the '60s and beyond. Martin Luther King and Fred Shuttlesworth were others who where involved in the Civil Rights Movements.
On May 21, 1961. The leaders called for a gathering of supporters in Montgomery due to the violence caused to the freedom riders, to honor and support them. The gathering was in Rev. Ralph Abernathy’s First Baptist Church and About 1,500 community members attended along with civil rights leaders, including, Martin Luther King, Jim Farmer, Joseph Lowery, and Rev. Shuttlesworth. A riot ensued outside the church. King called Robert Kennedy and asked for protection Kennedy then called the federal marshals, who used teargas to disperse the white mob.
One example of modern day issue that has happened in the U.S. that relates to the Civil Rights is protest against Abortion. For years, anti-abortion extremists have been targeting Planned Parenthood with 300 acts of extreme violence, including arson, bombings, murders and butyric acid attacks. Which provides reproductive health care, sex education to women and men and, at some clinics, abortions. This relates to the Civil Right Movement in Freedom Rides because their is people who don't want Abortion to be legal and they do violent protest to try and stop this from happening. Just how in the Freedom Rides their was Violent protest against the black to try and stop them from getting more rights.
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