I believe that the one thing that can be learned and applied from this movement is strength comes from numbers. It is a lot easier to get someones attention with a crowd rather than an individual. When the students held sit-ins they used a large amount of people so that others would take notice. Also when people retaliated one person wouldn't be alone against a group of people. When they organized the Freedom Rides both white and black people were involved in several states so the federal government had no choice but to take notice. As said by John Lewis that was the goal of the Freedom Rides.
One thing that stood out to me was when the riders were attacked they refused to fight back. Their policy was to remain non violent when approached with aggression. Martin Luther King said "we will endure" in part of his speech, while the church he was in was circled by an angry mob. When they were on the bus surrounded by clans that wanted to kill them they hopped off the bus and walked right into it. If I were in their position I think that I would have fought back.