Freedom Riders hold 4th of July ride in homage to Douglass

Updated: July 04, 2020 06:31 PM
Created: July 04, 2020 04:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)  — The ROC Freedom Riders held another bike ride on Saturday as a homage to Frederick Douglass and his "What to a Slave is July the Fourth" speech.

The group had several stops along their route, including a Frederick Douglass statue. 


Organizers say that while their first ride on Juneteenth weekend was meant to bring attention to the importance of celebrating that holiday, Saturday's ride was much different. 

"For this one, as we talk about the Fourth of July and the independence of the United States as the country celebrates it, for black people we didn't have independence or freedom because people were still enslaved," says co-founder Rashad Smith. "And so it's important for us to talk about those issues on the day that it's popular to celebrate a holiday that didn't really mean anything to that black culture."

Organizers say that the ride was not a celebration, but rather a form to allow riders to continue to fight and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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