Kerry Kennedy: A Civil Rights Freedom Rider Returns to Montgomery, Ala.
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
A few weeks ago I joined Congressman and RFK Speak Truth To Power defender John Lewis as he returned to First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, site of a brutal night in civil rights history. As Freedom Riders in 1961, Lewis and a dozen companions traveled by bus from Washington, D.C. through the segregated south, crossing the color line at drinking fountains, restrooms, and lunch counters as they went. As they approached Montgomery, my father, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, demanded police protection for the Riders. But when the bus crossed the city lines, the state police withdrew and city police watched as a KKK-led mob viciously beat the Riders with bats and iron pipes. That night, President Kennedy called out the National Guard to protect 1,500 supporters huddled inside First Baptist Church praying for the Freedom Riders, as a white mob, 3,000 strong, hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails through the stained glass windows.
We gathered at First Baptist's, and John L
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