Freedom Rides of 1961
Articles & Documents


Articles About the Freedom Rides

Freedom Rides of 1961 (CRMVets) [PDF]
Freedom Rides (CRMVets: Timeline & History)
Chronology of the Freedom Rides of May 1961, Howard Zinn
The Freedom Riders, Robert McAfee Brown & Frank Randal (CORE Pamphlet)
Freedom Rides, New South, 1961 (Multiple articles)
The White Problem, Albert Bigelow. Liberation, 1961.
The Freedom Ride of May 1961, Southern Regional Council Special Report (21-pages).
The Freedom Ride and the Truman Walk, James Peck. Liberation, June 1961.
A Freedom Rider Speaks His Mind, Jimmy Mcdonald. Freedomways, 1961.
The Freedom Rides: Were They in Vain? by Terry Sullivan, 1962.
The Political Significance of the Freedom Rides by Tom Kahn, 1962.
Freedom Riders Mug Shots (Eric Etheridge)
Demographic-Political Analysis of Freedom Riders, Henry Gerner, 1964.
Freedom Riders 40th Reunion. Website devoted to the Freedom Riders of 1961.

Freedom Riders Tell Their Stories

Freedom Rider Diary: Smuggled Notes From Parchman Prison, Carol Ruth Silver. University Press of Mississippi.
Freedom Riders Speak For Themselves, News & Letters, 1961. (Multiple Articles)
In Pursuit of Freedom, William Mahoney. Liberation, 1961.
Journey to Prison, Abdul Aziz Khaalis
If I Ever Write Down the Story of My Life..., Rick Sheviakov
Ed Blakenheim: Interview 2002
"..They're Going to Burn Us Up!", excerpt from Freedom Riders...


Support flyers, Chicago. May 1961.
Report of Meeting of May 26, 1961 (re Freedom Rides), James Wood, SCLC.
Three Freedom Riders in Lynch Jail, CORE press release, November 10, 1961.
Freedom Ride Travel Costs, Requisition Procedure, Wyatt T. Walker, James W. Wood, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee. May 31. 1961.
Report re Freedom Rides, (Shreveport, LA), Dave Dennis, CORE
Albert Bigelow, Committee of Inquiry Testimony May, 1962
James Farmer, Committee of Inquiry Testimony May, 1962
James Peck, Committee of Inquiry Testimony May, 1962

[Greyhound Bus ticket to Jackson]

The map below is from an Associated Press article in February 1962. It accompanied a feature story on the Freedom Rides of 1961 and maps the rides referred to in the AP story. Note that the map shows only a few of the more than 60 Freedom Rides that criss-crossed the South between May and November of 1961.

[Map © Jeffrey Ward]

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