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Freedom Riders Ride Again

Freedom RidersWASHINGTON D.C. — Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, and the nation’s capital decided to celebrate in a very special way.

Several of the original “Freedom Riders” from the civil rights era boarded buses for a celebratory ride from Washington D.C. to Richmond, VA. They rode on the buses with students from across the country, passing on their legacy to a new generation.

Massie Ritsch, Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications Outreach, says, “Education is about freedom, education is about giving you choices, education is about giving you opportunity, education is like the master key it opens every door.”

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964. It outlawed discrimination based on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national orientation.