Definition of freedom riders noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

freedom riders

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groups of both black and white people from the northern US who in 1961 rode together in buses in the Deep South as a protest against segregation on public transport there. The first 'freedom rides' were organized by the Congress of Racial Equality. The freedom riders were often attacked by angry crowds, but in November that year the Interstate Commerce Commission legally ended segregation on buses.