Freedom Riders: American Experience
We often take our civil rights for granted. Back in 1961, the United States was in the grip of segregation where a definite inequality existed if the color of your skin just happened to be black. Many states enforced this inequality with threats, beatings and imprisonment, especially in the South where terrorist acts and maltreatment was the order of the day under Jim Crow laws. But from May through November 1961, 400 brave college students--both black and white, both male and female--challenged these deep-rooted prejudices against black citizens. They banded together, bought Greyhound bus tickets and headed south into the unknown. Their goal was to challenge and test segregated travel facilities all over the South. Freedom Riders: American Experience chronicles their journeys and experiences. Freedom Riders: American Experience relates their courage in facing a system that needed a fix. In the end, their travels managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.
Freedom Riders: American Experience will premier Monday, May 16 from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS. It will rebroadcast on Thursday, May 19 from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 12:00 midnight.
History/Social Science SOL: USII.9, VUS.14, GOVT.11