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TR-50006-08

WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston, MA 02135-2016)
Mark Samels (Project Director: January 2008 to present)

American Experience: Freedom Riders

Production of a multiplatform media project on the Freedom Riders, the hundreds of Civil Rights activists who challenged segregation in interstate transport in the American South during the spring and summer of 1961.

This is a request to the National Endowment for the Humanities for a production grant to support an ambitious multi-platform project on the Freedom Riders, the hundreds of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in interstate transport in the American South during the spring and summer of 1961. The centerpiece of the project is a special two-hour film presentation of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE with a national PBS broadcast scheduled to coincide with the Rides' fiftieth anniversary in 2011. The Freedom Riders project also includes an interactive website, on which the documentary will be made available as streaming video; an extended series of vodcasts featuring Riders and scholars; a series of panel discussions and screening events, hosted by universities, museums, and humanities councils around the country; and a traveling exhibit for libraries, created in association with the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$1,000,000 (approved)
$970,871 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2008 – 6/30/2012