In 1961, groups of volunteers made history by challenging the practice of segregated travel through the South.
They called themselves Freedom Riders as they crossed racial barriers in depots and onboard buses.
The 1961 Freedom Riders did not begin or end their journey in Montgomery, Alabama, but their arrival changed the city and our nation.
Freedom Riders, black and white, male and female, none of them older than 22, stepped off a bus at the Montgomery Greyhound Station on May 20, 1961.
They were prepared to meet mob violence with non-violence and courage.
They prepared farewell letters and wills. Their goal was to help end racial segregation in public transportation. And they did.