Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Arrests were education for bus activists: Freedom Riders honored at 50th-anniversary event | July 11, 2011
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rainesJohn Curtis Raines, 78, sat in the Capitol Hotel lobby in downtown Little Rock on Sunday afternoon, the same city where 50 years earlier he sat in jail.

“Fifty years ago today I got arrested and it was the best day of my life,” Raines said.

KATV News | Hundreds honor Civil Rights icons in Little Rock | July 10, 2011
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KTHV News | 50th Anniversary of Little Rock Freedom Riders | July 10, 2011

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Arkansas Times | A forgotten freedom summer | July 6, 2011 | Read full story
At 7:45 p.m., on Monday, July 10, 1961, a bus bound for Houston carrying five Freedom Riders pulled into Little Rock’s Midwest Trailways station at Markham and Louisiana Streets. The Freedom Riders were all on a sponsored journey by the St. Louis branch of the civil rights organization the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) from St. Louis to New Orleans to test court-ordered desegregation in Trailways bus and Illinois Central Railroad terminal facilities.

KARK News | Leader of the Little Rock Freedom Ride Dies | June 15, 2011 | Read full story
benAn icon of the civil rights movement has passed away. The Rev. Ben Elton Cox, Sr, of the Freedom Ride, died at the age of 79.

KARK News | Civil Rights History Rolls into Little Rock | June 13, 2011 | Read full story
karkIt’s almost time to mark the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.
In Little Rock today, UALR and co-sponsors the Clinton Foundation and the City of Little Rock joined together at the CATA Terminal in North Little Rock to unveil the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary Bus.
The bus features larger-than-life photos of the five Freedom Riders who came to Little Rock on July 10, 1961. Read more…