Film & Discussion: Freedom Riders With Post Film Discussion Led By Civil Rights Leader (And Freedom Rider) Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.

This event was held on October 27, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Join us to view this acclaimed film - - the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever - and stay for the post film discussion led by Civil Rights Leader Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. - who was a Freedom Rider.

In 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.

From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson the film features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. This two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

The Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, in 1960 and in Selma, AL, in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars' Program. This film is not rated.

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