In this video segment adapted from American Experience: "Freedom Riders," watch interviews and newsreel footage and see archival photos to explore the tactic of nonviolent direct action that was adopted by some of those challenging illegal segregation and discrimination against African Americans in the United States in the early 1960s. An alternative to legislative and legal challenges, direct nonviolent actions—such as sit-ins, boycotts, and strikes—allowed for broader public participation and brought faster results. This resource is part of the American Experience: Freedom Riders collection.
This video includes language that is considered offensive. However, it provides authentic documentation of the bigotry of the era.
This media asset was adapted from the American Experience: "Freedom Riders" Web site.