Letter written by John Moody to his parents about the Freedom Rides
About the Project
John Moody Jr. wrote this letter to his parents from the Hinds County (Mississippi) jail on May 27, 1961. A 30-year old student at Howard University, Moody was among hundreds of “Freedom Riders” who rode buses into southern states to protest segregation on interstate buses and the terminals. Organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Freedom Riders endured violence and arrest, but brought national attention to their cause. In this letter, Moody explains his reasons for joining the protest and describes the bus ride between Montgomery, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi as well as his experiences in jail.