The 1960s were a volatile time for the American people. This was especially true in the early part of the decade when many people took to the streets to protest resistance to court decisions that had concluded that racial segregation was unconstitutional. Bruce Davidson, a well-known photographer, joined the Freedom Riders and documented their experiences as they travelled from Alabama to Mississippi in 1961. These fifteen photos reveal what life during the time of the Civil Rights Movement was like.
Who Were The Freedom Riders?
Formed in 1961, the Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who travelled by bus throughout the Southern United States to challenge prejudice and segregation.
In 1961, Bruce Davidson had already achieved a certain level of respect as a documentary photojournalist when he decided to capture the experiences of the Freedom Riders.