This is a harrowing true story of eight months that changed America forever. From May until December 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—many enduring savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses through the Deep South, in violation of Jim Crow laws. Freedom Riders brings home the horrific violence and bitter racism of this period through interviews with historians, activists, and the riders themselves. Post-screening guest will be one of the Freedom Riders.
Identify a central act of discrimination or violence in Freedom Riders. Could something like that happen today? Why or why not?
COMMON CORE CONNECTION: SL.7-12.1
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A documentary that exposes historic racial and social tensions in our city.
This portrait of Jackie Robinson grounds his bravery in a social and political context.
Spike Lee’s documentary tells the story of one of our nation’s most notorious hate crimes.