Freedom Riders will be screened Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 4-8 p.m. at UALR’s Stella Boyle-Smith Concert Hall. A community discussion led by UALR History Department professor John A. Kirk, Ph.D., will follow.
Attracting a diverse group of volunteers—black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern—the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.
The film includes previously unseen amateur 8mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.
RSVP NOW to see Freedom Riders and the other films featured in the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series.
The Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film series is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and presented by the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture.