AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to create a traveling exhibit — a moveable museum of sorts — that tells the story of the 1961 Freedom Rides. A detailed narrative of the Rides is illustrated with vivid archival photos and newspaper clippings that document this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit is enhanced by companion audio that allows visitors to hear the poignant eyewitness accounts of the Riders who endured bitter racism and savage beatings, but ultimately changed America forever.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Reception 6pm | Program 6:30pm
Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library
Join KCPT and the Kansas City Public library for a special community conversation about the civil rights movement in Kansas City. A panel moderated by Nick Haines will discuss civil rights activism past and present as well as what role individuals and groups have to play in addressing current civil rights issues.
Selected clips from Freedom Riders — a new documentary describing the experiences of 400 black and white Americans that rode buses into the deep South in defiance of Jim Crow laws in 1961—sets the stage for the community conversation.
The event complements the Freedom Riders exhibit on display in the Central Library.
View the Trailer:
“It was the Rosa Parks moment,” says one man. June 28, 1969: NYC police raid a Greenwich Village Mafia-run gay bar, The Stonewall Inn. For the first time, patrons refuse to be led into paddy wagons, setting off a 3-day riot that launches the Gay Rights Movement.
The Kansas City chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity helped kick-off KCPT’sFreedom Riders outreach events on March 13, 2011 with a screening for local high school students and their parents. The group watched a fifteen minute preview of the upcoming American Experience documentary before students left for a bus tour of historically black universities. During the trip, the students will view and discuss a longer segment of the documentary.
To find out how your group or organization can host a screening of Freedom Riders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.