|Freedom Riders (Photo credit: elycefeliz)|
"With most of the Freedom Riders injured, and the danger of the violence escalating to the point of someone being killed, it was suggested that the Freedom Rides should be discontinued. Nashville student Diane Nash, a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) felt that if violence were allowed to halt the Freedom Rides, the movement would be set back years.
Birmingham. There, they were arrested by Plice Chief Bull Connor and jailed. These students kept their spirits up in jail by singing Freedom Songs. Out of frustration, Police Chief Bull Connor drove them back up to the Tennessee line and dropped them off stating "I just couldn't stand their singing.""