In 1960, after the US Supreme Court outlawed segregation at bus stops and restaurants serving interstate travelers, 13 people (7 African-Americans and 6 whites) traveled from Washington DC to New Orleans to test the decision. The Freedom Ride, developed into 60 rides across Southern states in 1961 as some 450 people got on buses and made similar trips, this after the original 13 were brutally attacked and hospitalized in Alabama. After these rides, the government enforced desegregation at bus terminals.
On July 23, 2010, The Freedom Rides 2.0 will begin in Birmingham, Alabama, where Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an historic letter while in jail in which he stated:
“More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.
“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.”
Here’s a great article from Catholic Online outlining the work of Dr. Alveda King, niece of the great civil rights leader, and her involvement in the Freedom Rides, a movement of freedom for the rights of the unborn. The article quotes Dr. King stating: “The most obvious practitioner of racism in the United States today is Planned Parenthood, an organization founded by the eugenicist Margaret Sanger and recently documented as ready to accept money to eliminate black babies.”
The Freedom Rides is an important movement of freedom which will proclaim:
Freedom from the lies and the deceit that allow abortion to continue.
Freedom from the fear of speaking up and taking action for the unborn.
Freedom from the shame and guilt of past involvement in abortion, so that those called to speak up and share their testimonies may do so as people who are “Silent No More”.
Freedom from the political oppression that tramples on human rights and denies equality before the law.
Freedom from violence and death itself.”