Claire O’Connor is shown here after she was arrested in Jackson, Miss., with other freedom riders on June 11, 1961. One of the seven “Freedom Riders” from Minnesota, she was one of the young civil rights advocates who put their convictions and their fannies on the line by integrating and riding buses across state lines through the segregated South during the turbulent summer of 1961. O’Connor was the only woman among the small contingent of mostly University of Minnesota students who challenged segregation laws at bus depots, airports and train stations after Southern states thumbed their noses at U.S. Supreme Court rulings declaring such public transportation segregation practices unconstitutional. Photo courtesy of Claire O’Connor.