Crossroads Theatre Company’s ‘Freedom Rider’ vividly captures a moment in Civil Rights history

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The Crossroads Theatre Company is presenting “Freedom Rider” at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center through June 26. In 1961 — six years after Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus because of her race — segregation on buses and at bus terminals had been declared illegal. But bus companies, in the Deep South, were still conducting business as usual. And to protest that, idealistic activists — male and female, Black and white, many of them college students — rode on southbound buses together, in nonviolent protest, even though they knew there was a good chance th…

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