Centre’s civil rights documentary series continues in 2015 with “Freedom Riders”

Posted by Centre News in Campus, News 06 Jan 2015

freedom_ridersThe new year brings the promise of further constructive campus conversations about civil rights and equality as Centre College’s Created Equal documentary and discussion series continues with a screening of Freedom Riders.

Sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle features four documentary films that tell the story of the nation’s fight for justice, spanning the 1830s through the 1960s. The College and local Danville community have come together to watch these films and participate in open conversations about issues new and old concerning race in America.

The third film in this series, Freedom Riders, will be shown on Tuesday, Jan. 6 and Thursday, Jan. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ewen Room of the Campus Center, and on Jan. 6 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Vahlkamp Theater of Crounse Hall. The film recounts the story of a diverse group of civil rights activists—black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern—who took a bus into the Deep South in 1961 to protest segregation and sparked the movement movement known as the “Freedom Rides.” The documentary features exclusive interviews with several of the original Freedom Riders as well as never-before-seen footage of the iconic “burning bus” on which some Riders were temporarily trapped.

A campus-wide discussion of the film will take place in the Ewen Room on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

View the complete schedule of Centre College’s Created Equal film screenings and related events.

Learn more about Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

 by Caitlan Cole

Due to weather conditions, “The Freedom Riders” campus discussion scheduled for Thursday evening has been canceled.  All are invited, however, to attend a discussion this Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. in the community room of the Boyle County Public Library.

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