In May 1961 – CORE began one of the most important protests of the Civil Rights era – the Freedom Rides of 1961.
“We didn’t have a method. Non-violent direct action under Martin King became the method—THAT was the movement.”
“Our country is founded on the notion that all men are created equal… and that we should treat one another as we wish to be treated.”
“When the bus boycotts started, and it was a new thing for us, that black folks had taken initiative to determine our future…”
“I knew if I said one word, if I made any attack, any attempt to fight back, I’d be one dead black girl.”
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Brown v. Board of Education.