Along this route is a constellation of landmarks immortalized by the local civil rights movement. It reached a defining moment in the 1960s. Organized largely by students and grassroots activists in groups like the Congress of Racial Equality and the NAACP, a series of hard-won sit-in protests and boycotts catalyzed local government and business owners to end some overt discriminatory policies and desegregate. The civil rights movement was a collective reaction to widespread racism in many forms, from the vestiges of slavery to police brutality. While it’s critical that we celebrate these important sites of resistance, the fight for civil rights is far from over. The police hoses that terrorized protestors in the 1960s bear a disturbing resemblance to the use of tear gas by law enforcement during Black Lives Matter protests today.
While you are riding, bring masks and hand sanitizer, respect physical distancing, and make sure that you have an emergency contact who knows where you are and can pick you up if needed. We also have some more in-depth tips for safe biking in the pandemic, check them out! Please be aware that NOLA to Angola cannot provide logistical or emergency support to individual riders this year. Take care, and safe riding!