Bicyclists salute Freedom Riders

Updated: June 20, 2020 06:43 PM
Created: June 20, 2020 05:52 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Local cyclists kept up their momentum while saluting iconic crusaders for equality.

On Saturday, a group of bicyclists took to the streets to salute the Freedom Riders, who traveled into Southern states in black and white groups in 1961 to challenge segregation on public busses.  


Back in Rochester, Saturday's bike riders say they hope to keep that work going.  

"[Our goal is] to get the community together as we work for racial equity and justice in our country and in the city and the goal is to ride to black spaces and places so we can continue the legacy of Freedom Riders," said organizer Rashad Smith.

The ride came as part of the celebration of Juneteenth, which marks the day that word of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery reached Texas. 

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