Freedom Riders remembered 50 years later

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It might be hard for young folks to believe, but there was a time not that long ago that blacks in the South were not allowed to sit in the front of a bus. Blacks and whites could not sit side by side. CBS News correspondent Russ Mitchell reports all that changed with a movement that began 50 years ago today with the first of the Freedom Rides.



Fifty years ago, the Freedom Riders challenged Jim Crow's travel rules, divided buses, separate waiting depots and race-based rest rooms.

It was the spring of 1961, when the first 13 Freedom Riders planned a two week trek from Washington, D.C. They would take two buses through the deep South.

Hank Thomas was just 19 when he boarded the bus. "We had no thought of any kind of violence," he said.

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