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American Experience: Freedom Riders
Mark Samels, WGBH Educational Foundation
Grant details: https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx?f=1&gn=TR-50006-08
Freedom Riders (Film/TV/Video Broadcast or Recording) [show prizes]
Title: Freedom Riders
Writer: Stanley Nelson
Director: Stanley Nelson
Producer: Laurens Grant
Producer: Stanley Nelson
Abstract: Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May to November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and often endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
Abstract: This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil-rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.
Primary URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/
Primary URL Description: Companion Website
Access Model: Open Access