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Freedom Riders: American Experience

The story of the 1961 Freedom Riders, civil-rights activists who confronted the Jim Crow laws that remained the status quo at interstate travel facilities in the South despite two Supreme Court rulings that declared them unconstitutional.

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Fri., February 24, 2017
10:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Freedom Riders: American Experience  

The story of the 1961 Freedom Riders, civil-rights activists who confronted the Jim Crow laws that remained the status quo at interstate travel facilities in the South despite two Supreme Court rulings that declared them unconstitutional. The goal was to force the JFK administration, which was focused on the Cold War and international affairs, into addressing domestic civil rights. The thorough documentary includes remarks from many Riders and RFK administrative assistant John Seigenthaler.

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Fri., February 24, 2017
10:00 pm
(120 minutes)

Freedom Riders: American Experience  

The story of the 1961 Freedom Riders, civil-rights activists who confronted the Jim Crow laws that remained the status quo at interstate travel facilities in the South despite two Supreme Court rulings that declared them unconstitutional. The goal was to force the JFK administration, which was focused on the Cold War and international affairs, into addressing domestic civil rights. The thorough documentary includes remarks from many Riders and RFK administrative assistant John Seigenthaler.

Clips

The Young Witness: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

The Young Witness: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

Janie McKinney was twelve years old when the Freedom Riders came through her hometown.

The Tactic: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

The Tactic: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

Former students in the 1960s South recount the difficulty of the practice of nonviolence.

The Turning Point: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

The Turning Point: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

The state of Mississippi's plan to bankrupt CORE backfired on August 14, 1961.

The Fresh Troops: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

The Fresh Troops: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

Future Freedom Riders were trained in nonviolence.

Previews

2011 Student Freedom Ride

2011 Student Freedom Ride

Be one of 40 college students to join original Freedom Riders in retracing the 1961 Rides.

Freedom Riders Theatrical Trailer

Freedom Riders Theatrical Trailer

Airs Monday, May 16, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT Check your local listings.