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Black History Month Film Series

Thursday, February 12, 2015

6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Thu, 2015-02-12 18:00 - 20:00

Freedom Riders Documentary Screening, a PBS American Experience Production

(Closed Captioned)

Moderated by Professor Tony Bogues

FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story 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.

From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, The Murder of Emmett Till) FREEDOM RIDERS features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. The two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

This screening and discussion is part of the Black History Month Film Series, a collaboration of the Brown University Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice and the Providence Public Library.

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. 

Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.

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