The Wright Museum


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From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett Till) comes the powerfully harrowing and ultimately inspirational documentary of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives, and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment, for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.  The panel, hosted by Stephen Henderson and with guest Mark Samels, Executive Producer of American Experience along with original Freedom Riders, will be featured on American Black Journal.

Presented in partnership with Detroit Public Television. This event is FREE and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP to Sarah Kittle at (248) 305-3774 or via email to [email protected].

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
(313) 494-5800
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