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Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee

The Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee (FRCC) was formed in 1961 by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and other organizations. Following the 1960 U.S. Supreme Court decision to extend the ruling on interstate buses to include interstate bus terminals, CORE organized Freedom Rides in 1961 to force implementation. Two groups of interracial Freedom Riders left Washington, D.C. on May 4 on Greyhound and Trailways buses, were attacked in Anniston, Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama and were unable to continue their journey. The FRCC was organized to coordinate additional Freedom Rides throughout the summer of 1961. The four permanent members of the committee were Gordon Carey of CORE, Diane Nash of the Nashville Christian Leadership Council, SCLC’s Wyatt T. Walker and Edward King of SNCC.

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Committee to Adopt a Freedom Rider

This is a brochure to an event entitled the Card Party. This event is catered to raising funds to adopt a freedom rider.

SCLC Newsletter: April 1962

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference announces five new members will join the staff. The five men are: John H. Calhoun, Herbert V. Coulton, James L. Bevel, Fred C. Bennette, and Bernard S. Lee. These men derive from different locations across America and add different levels of education and commitment to the Civil Rights Movement.