(120 minutes) 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. The so-called “Freedom Riders” were deliberately violating Jim Crow laws that upheld segregation. From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Freedom Riders features testimony from a fascinating cast of characters who were involved first-hand: the riders themselves, government officials, and journalists.
A post-film discussion follows with Freedom Riders Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Dion Diamond, and Janice Grant. In conjunction with the current exhibition Struggle: Portraits of Civil Rights and Black Power. Free.
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This program is funded by Created Equal America’s Civil Rights Struggle. “Created Equal” is part of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities produced in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America.