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C.O.R.E. Values: A Tribute to the Freedom Rides of 1961

A poem in honor of the Freedom Riders/Freedom Rides of 1961 for Black History Month 2022

On May 14, 1961, the Greyhound bus was the first to arrive in Anniston, Alabama. There, an angry mob of about 200 white people surrounded the bus, causing the driver to continue past the bus station.

The mob followed the bus in automobiles, and when the tires on the bus blew out, someone threw a bomb into the bus. The Freedom Riders escaped the bus as it burst into flames, only to be brutally beaten by members of the surrounding mob.

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