Freedom Riders reunite after 50 years
Fifty years after the so-called Freedom Riders risked their lives trying to break the practice of segregating people on the US public transport system, the veteran activists have reunited to inspire a new generation.
"We changed American history," says Bob Filner, now a California congressman. "And we should do the same thing today."
Just across the road from Filner is the old Greyhound station where he and hundreds of other Freedom Riders were arrested in the summer of 1961.
This week, many of them have come back to Jackson, Mississippi to mark the anniversary of their remarkable journey - desegregating buses, lunch counters and restrooms all the way from Washington to New Orleans.
But in the bars and meeting rooms, discussions move swiftly from the achievements of yesterday, to the problems of today.
"I don't care whether the issue is healthcare or housing or the environment, we should be applying non-violent, direct action to these struggles," says Filner....
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