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Film | Freedom Riders


Thursday September 20, 2018: 6:00pm to 8:45pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

For Whom

Grade 6 - Adult



Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in order to test and challenge a segregated interstate travel system, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett TillFreedom Riders features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. The two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

The screening of this 2010 2 hour film (which is not rated) will be followed by a discussion led by the U-M Community Scholars Program.

Panelists include: 
Scott Ellsworth, Lecturer in AfroAmerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan
Ronald Woods, Lecturer in AfroAmerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan and Professor of Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University

This event is a partnership with the U-M Community Scholars Program.

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