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freedom rider

Syllabification: free·dom rid·er

Definition of freedom rider in English:

noun

US
A person who challenged racial laws in the American South in the 1960s, originally by refusing to abide by the laws designating that seating in buses be segregated by race.
Example sentences
  • He was jailed as a freedom rider, arrested as a war protester and, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, as a hunger striker against nuclear weapons.
  • But an awful lot of people did not know that he risked both political life as well as physical life as a freedom rider.
  • Founded in 1867, the church served as headquarters for African Americans and all freedom riders during the Civil Rights Movement.

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