Sixty-one years ago this week, July 29 and 30, 1961, there were two more Freedom Rides. They, like all other rides before them, were based on a moral context: the conviction that individuals in this country have the right to travel using interstate transportation and, in so doing, be treated with dignity equal to that of any other American, regardless of color or origin. After these two rides, the tally would be 47. There would only be two more to go.
Each rider in those two groups had personal points of context which made his or her choice to participate logical to them. A video clip directly related to one of the two rides can be found here, and therein you will get a glimpse of a particular rider's personal context, some of the motivation behind their choice to.
Our final pint of social context for July goes back one-hundred-one years ago, when a man was born who would become a World War II Army veteran, an advisor to presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and a Rockefeller Grant recipient. On July 31, 1921, Whitney M. Young breathed his first breath. Young would also become the glue, a key facilitator, between President Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr.