On May 16th, a group of the original Freedom Riders completed their historic journey and arrived in New Orleans. In 1961, at the height of the civil rights movement, buses with young Blacks and Whites crossed the South of the United States of America, challenging the laws of segregation. Freedom rides continued throughout the South until November of that year, helping to change unjust laws and inspiring people all over the world. This memorial ride was organized by PBS in conjunction with its American Experience documentary on the subject. It brought 40 new Freedom Riders, college students from across the US, along as well.
This is the piece that I produced for Deutsche Welle.