Aired Monday May 16th, 2011 at 7:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
This program was screened at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 10th at the Salt Lake City Main Library. Learn more!
PBS' acclaimed history series, American Experience, presents the powerful and harrowing documentary Freedom Riders. In the early 60s, men and women, black and white, "got on the bus" and traveled from Washington D.C. to the deep South confronting segregation, encouraging voter registration, advancing the cause of civil rights and ultimately risking their lives. The Freedom Riders' belief in non-violent activism was greatly tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way. Freedom Riders, by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, premieres Monday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. on KUED Channel 7.
Following the Freedom Riders premiere, KUED has created two special local productions that highlight Utah's connection to past and present dialogues on civil rights. Utah's Freedom Riders, produced by Nancy Green, looks at a handful of Utahns who actively participated in the civil rights events of the 1960s. Navigating Freedom: A Utah Youth Perspective, a collaboration with SpyHop Productions, presents films by 8 young women who explore contemporary issues of freedom, rights and justice.
As part of the outreach around the films, KUED has partnered with community organizations to present a number of related events, all free and open to the public. Partners include: Spy Hop, SLC Film Center, the Center for Documentary Arts, the Salt Lake City Library, SLCC Community Writing Center, King's English Bookshop and the Utah Education Network, who offer a variety of Freedom Riders related events, exhibits and educational materials. For more information visit http://www.kued.org/productions/freedom-riders/?area=partner-projects
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