Bayard Rustin And Other Freedom Riders Exonerated 75 Years After Original Arrest


Bayard Rustin speaks during a Congressional Committee hearing. Source: Bettmann / Getty

April marked 75 years since the four Freedom Riders were arrested in North Carolina. Now a North Carolina court has vacated Bayard Rustin's and three others' sentences for alleged "disorderly conduct."

Sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the two-week "Journey of Reconciliation" attempted to test the bounds of a 1946 Supreme Court decision banning segregation in interstate buses. The Court later extended the ruling to include trains. ... Read more


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