On the 50th anniversary of thejoin us tonight to view and
discuss the PBS premiere of
Monday, May 16th at Revolution Books / Libros Revolución
7 PM and 9 PM showings (earlier time added in)
"At the beginning of 1960, a wave of lunch counter sit-ins aimed at confronting and breaking civil rights organizations, in particular the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), were looking for a way to confront and challenge Jim Crow segregation across the entire South. The idea of the Freedom Rides was born.spread to more than 100 cities and towns of the South. By the end of the year, student leaders at Black universities in the South, and some established
"... These initial Freedom Riders were all deeply committed to non-violence. For some of them, joining the freedom rides meant dropping out of school, even though they were the first in their family to go to college. And all of them knew they would be risking their very lives by going up against and into the jaws of Jim Crow violence.
"All along the way, after facing mob violence, time after time, they decided to continue, even more determined to take a stand against injustice, even if it meant risking their lives...
An Inspiring Legacy, a Great Challenge
"The daring, heroism, and profound moral clarity of the 13 people who boarded those two buses in D.C. in May 1961 - and those who later joined the Freedom Rides - remains a cherished, inspiring, and instructive legacy for all those who strive to overcome the hateful oppression that still today penetrates every dimension of this capitalist-imperialist system. The Freedom Riders initiated a standard of struggle and confrontation that inspired millions, that brought the reality of the ugly white supremacist culture and racist violence that is as 'American as cherry pie' to the attention of the entire world, and heightened divisive conflicts within the ruling structures and political bodies of U.S. society over how to do damage control in the midst of this upheaval. .."
Join us tonight at 7 PM or 9 PM for showings of PBS premiere:FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever.
From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, , The Murder of Emmett Till) FREEDOM 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.
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