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Freedom's Main LineThe Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides$
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Derek Charles Catsam

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125114

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125114.001.0001

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“I'm Riding the Front Seat to Montgomery This Time”

“I'm Riding the Front Seat to Montgomery This Time”

The Students Take Control

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After hearing about the incident regarding the burned Greyhound bus over the radio, Diane Nash, James Bevel, John Lewis, and several other students and advocates of the Nashville campaign gathered for an emergency meeting. This group of students decided that they would get involved with the Freedom Rides from Birmingham. As James Farmer asserted, this group would be facing large risks if they continued with their plan and would even be risking their lives if the Freedom Rides resumed. Selecting the students who would participate in this Freedom Ride represented an important shift in the Civil Rights Movement as a new wave of black activists emerged. As this furthered the Nashville movement, it also signified black self-empowerment through the SNCC.

Keywords:   Nashville movement, SNCC, Freedom Ride, Diane Nash, John Lewis, James Farmer, Civil Rights Movement, students

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