CORE Begins Freedom Rides
Reverend C.T. Vivian talks about his participation and arrest during the Freedom Rides

May 4 - Washington, DC - Thirteen volunteers from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) boarded public buses in Washington, DC on their way to New Orleans to test the nation's compliance with the United States Supreme Court's 1961 Boynton decision, which ruled against segregation in terminals for interstate travel.  This "Freedom Ride" was seen by many as CORE's reentry as a major organizing unit within the Movement. (This was actually the second Freedom Ride. The first, which was called the Journey of Reconciliation, was organized in 1947 by CORE and the Fellowship of Reconciliation and was designed to test the nation's compliance with the Morgan v. Virginia decision, which prohibited segregation in interstate bus travel. It ended quickly due to heavy resistance.)