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The Freedom Riders Rode Today... Their Story Told In New PBS Documentary + Oprah's Tribute

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 4, 2011 1:40 AM
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Today in history, May 4th, 1961, the Civil Rights movement... despite facing violence, a diverse group of young adults, aka Freedom Riders, leaves Washington DC for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and at bus terminals.

A new 2-hour documentary that chronicles 18 days of the courage and determination of these Riders, from award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, titled Freedom Riders, based on Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, will premiere on PBS, on May 16th.

In the meantime, today, May 4th, director Stanley Nelson, and nearly two hundred Freedom Riders will appear on a special episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show.

For more information on the film, go to where you will have an opportunity to win a Freedom Riders DVD.

Watch a preview below:

Watch the full episode. See more American Experience.

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  • james Madison | May 5, 2011 6:16 AMReply

    Definitely will pick this up and watch the broadcast on PBS.

    Thanks for posting and Thank you Freedom Riders.

  • Nadell | May 5, 2011 4:36 AMReply

    Faith, hope and love at it's finest. The Freedom Riders were modern day disciples. Bless them all

  • Chris | May 4, 2011 9:05 AMReply

    These people were heroes of the highest degree.

  • JMac | May 4, 2011 3:57 AMReply

    Wow! Black people on Oprah who aren't tokens for white America. Gonna have to watch today.

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