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on March 29, 2007 at 10:29:57 am


                                                                                                                              Freedom Rides

       My name is Michael. I am an African American. I am a preacher in a small town in the state of Mississippi. I preach in a small church called St. Josephines. I am 26 years old. I was involved with Freedom Rides when I was 22. It was 1961 when it started.In 1946 the Congress of Racial equality ( CORE).Said that segregation on buses and cars was unconstitutional. So a group of 6 whites and 7 blacks (including me) wanted to see if this law was still alive. So Tuesday we all got on a bus from Mississippi to New Orleans. My best friend Hugo was one of the African Americans that came with us. We left at 8:00 in the morning. About 15 minutes into our trip we were pulled over by the police.They pulled over to the side of the bus and started talking to the driver. I heard the police man say why are "black men sitting in the front of the bus"? The driver said" what I didn't know that they were doing that!" We could all tell that he was very angry. He turned around and saw us. Then another policeman came into the bus and tried to get us of. Some of the white and black men got off, but Hugo and I stayed on with a few other black and white men. The policeman threatened to spray us with pepperspray.When he figured out that we weren't going to move





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