From the North to the Deep South:The Civil Rights Journey of the Freedom Riders

  • David Niven


As the Greyhound bus they were traveling in reached the New Jersey Turnpike, heavy snow forced the driver to pull off the road. Thomas Gaither and Gordon Carey, two field secretaries for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), were en route in January 1961 from their southern posts to the New York City headquarters of CORE. During the 12 hours in which they were stranded, Gaither and Carey had between them only a biography of Gandhi to amuse themselves with. As they read to each other and discussed the subject, they both became enamored of the thought that Gandhian techniques were needed to abolish the racial segregation that plagued the American south.


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