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Here’s a little history lesson for you: 50 years ago today, a group of activists flooded bus stations to desegregate businesses all across the south. Soon, the movement took off, with hundreds flooding the south from all across the country. Many were beaten and jailed, but their activism ultimately succeeded. Bus stations were desegregated and the freedom rides became one of the most pivotal moments in Civil Rights history.

The bus rides were extremely dangerous and scary, with buses being set on fire, passengers being attacked by baseball bats and many facing various other serious injuries.

To mark the anniversary, there are reunions all across the country and even a special on Oprah. Now, if Oprah is dedicating time to it, then it’s a big deal. Tune in, read a book and respect your elders, kids.

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