Twelve Days in May

by Larry Dane Brimner

On May 4, 1961, a group of thirteen black and white civil rights activists launched the Freedom Ride, aiming to challenge the practice of segregation on buses and at bus terminal facilities in the South. The Ride would last twelve days. Despite the fact that segregation on buses crossing state lines was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1946, and segregation in interstate transportation facilities was ruled unconstitutional in 1960, these rulings were routinely ignored in the South. The thirteen Freedom Riders intended to test the laws and draw attention to the lack of enforcement with their peaceful protest. As the Riders traveled deeper into the South, they encountered increasing violence and opposition. Noted civil rights author Larry Dane Brimner relies on archival documents and rarely seen images to tell the riveting story of the little-known first days of the Freedom Ride. With author 's note, source notes, bibliography, and index.

ISBN: 9781629795867

JLG Release: June 2018

JLG Member Price

Nonfiction History

Grades 6-8


12 books / $18.75 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book


    Hardcover edition


    Calkins Creek

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    9" x 10"

    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 7, Points: 2


    Level: 1080L

    Awards & Honors

    2018 Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner
    Booklist Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction for Older and Middle Readers: 2018
    ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, All Ages
    Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Informational Books for Older Readers
    Booklist Top of the List Editor’s Choice, Nonfiction Older Readers



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