We’ve been alerted to a special screening of Freedom Riders, part of PBS’s American Experience series, in midtown Manhattan at the Paley Center this Thursday October 21 at 6pm.
Powerful and often harrowing, Freedom Riders dramatically captures the journey that changed America forever. In 1961 more than four hundred black and white Americans risked their lives by traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South to end segregation. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson interviews many of the surviving riders whose nonviolent beliefs were sorely tested by hostility and virulent racism. Ultimately the activists triumphed, spurring the Kennedy administration’s first steps in addressing civil rights iniquities. After the screening, the panelists will discuss how great change can emerge from the small steps taken by daring people. As historian Raymond Arsenault has noted: “This was the first unambiguous victory in the long history of the Civil Rights movement. It finally said, ‘We can do this.’”IN PERSONStanley Nelson, FilmmakerRev. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. and Rabbi Israel Dresner, Freedom RidersJohn Doar, Senior Partner, Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack; former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights during the Freedom RidesMark Samels, Executive Producer , American ExperienceModerator: Danyel Smith, Author/Journalist/Founder, The SmithianOthers to be announced.
Tickets are just $15, and I’m definitely going to be there. The center has offered five pairs of tickets for JJP! So please email jackturnerpolitics-at-gmail.com if you’d like a pair. I’ll confirm via email.
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