Southern Rhodesia: Riders in Africa

Freedom riders came to Africa last week. Taking their tactics from the U.S. example, Southern Rhodesia's African-led National Democratic Party launched a peaceful attack on the government's oft-proclaimed "racial partnership'' intent on proving that it is largely official fiction, seldom social fact.

The first targets were European buses in the capital city of Salisbury. Though some of the white passengers complained and pointedly averted their eyes from the presence of the blacks, the bus company quickly capitulated, announced it would carry anyone with fare. Largely through their own haste and poor planning, the African freedom riders were less successful elsewhere. They...

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