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freedom ride

noun
1.
(especially in the 1960s) a bus trip made to parts of the southern U.S. by persons engaging in efforts to integrate racially segregated public facilities.
Also, Freedom Ride.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65, Americanism
Related forms
freedom rider, noun
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Freedom Riders definition


A group of northern idealists active in the civil rights movement. The Freedom Riders, who included both blacks and whites, rode buses into the South in the early 1960s in order to challenge racial segregation. Freedom Riders were regularly attacked by mobs of angry whites and received often belated protection from federal officers.

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