Freedom Rider: 'We Were All Prepared to Die'
We were freedom riders, two white girls, one white boy and 18 Negroes, trying to ride in buses through Alabama to New Orleans to help the cause of true freedom for all the races.
We stayed with the rest of the group. The mob kept closing in and starting yelling "Get 'em! Get 'em!"
They picked up Jim Zwerg of Beloit College in Wisconsin, the only white boy in our group, and threw him on the ground. They kicked him unconscious.
Still, we didn't fight back. But we didn't believe in running either.
I saw some men hold boys, who were nearly unconscious, while white women hit them with purses.
The white women were yelling "Kill them!" and other nasty shouts.
The police came and said they would put us in protective custody. They acted like we were crazy. They just couldn't understand why we would be freedom riders. But even though they did not believe in what we were doing, they did protect us and in that sense upheld the law.