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Past and future of civil rights come together at 'Freedom Riders' screening

Jan 15, 2011 10:33:59 PM- latimes.com
Activists recall putting their young lives on the line to fight segregation and racism, and discuss how times have changed with college students and others who hope to follow in their footsteps.

The movement that brought Kenyatta McLean, 21, and Robert Singleton, 75, together at a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute Saturday began in the summer of 1961, when college students were recruited to become "Freedom Riders" and streamed by bus into the troubled South to push for abolition of racial separation laws.