Fifty years ago, the Freedom Riders—more than 400 Black and White, mostly young people—risked their lives and freedom to face down segregation in the Deep South. A powerful new Stanley Nelson film, “Freedom Riders,” chronicles their bold and dangerous journey riding commercial buses into Alabama and Mississippi challenging Jim Crow, while facing angry mobs, terrible beatings, fire bombings and imprisonment.

What: Join Civil Rights leader and CDF President Marian Wright Edelman for a "Watch Party". Be inspired by her call to action, and by the words and music of Freedom Riders and Freedom Singers. Together we will watch the world premiere of "Freedom Riders" presented by American Experience on PBS. After the film participate in a live question and answer session with several of the original Freedom Riders and moderated by Marian Wright Edelman.

When: Monday May 16th from 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM EST

Where: Wherever you are! Host at home, at a community center or in your place of worship. Join us on the Web for this free special event!

 

This film is not just for Blacks (Africans in America), but for all ethnic groups. Plan to watch on Monday May 16th and discuss on Tuesday MAy 17th using this post...

Get together with friends and neighbors to view and dicuss this documentary. Then post your most memorable conversations with the Diaspora here at Living Legacy Journal. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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Tags: Civil, Crow, Freedom, Jim, PBS, Riders, Rights

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Comment by Lydell Jackson on May 17, 2011 at 7:01pm

While watching this documentary last night, I felt a certain since of cowardice in my own nature. Seeing the number of unsung heros that were willing to sacrifice themselves in efforts to gain freedom and equality for future generations of Americans (especially Africans in America), made me question my personal efforts to organize and motivate individuals to stand for what is right and true today! It is certainly worthy of examination and discussion. If you saw it I hope you will post your thoughts about the film here!

 

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