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Freedom Riders

October 21, 20113 years ago

My Morocco Memories: Stanley Nelson Blogs About Screening Freedom Riders in Morocco

From September 24th to October 1st, Stanley Nelson, director of FREEDOM RIDERS, and Cherien Dabis, director of AMREEKA, traveled to Morocco as part of Film Forward to present their films and conduct filmmaking workshops. Film Forward organized this whirlwind tour to the Kingdom of Morocco where participants exhibited films, engaged audience members and exchanged information with local filmmakers and film Industry leaders. Nelson described his trip as "incredible" and wrote a blog about his experience. One attendee asked him whether blacks in the United States still needed to protest now that Barack Obama is president and whether we still need people like the Freedom Riders. Check out Nelson's response to this question and his blog by going to:
October 20, 20113 years ago

The White House Screens Freedom Riders

On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, days after the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., the film FREEDOM RIDERS was screened at the White House. The screening was followed by a panel which discussed the enduring legacy of the 1961 Freedom Rides. The event was organized by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) “Bridging Cultures through Law” film series. To learn more, go to
October 11, 20113 years ago

Tales from the Bronx - Stanley Nelson Blog October 2011

Recently I was a guest at the Cinema School as part of the Film Forward program with The Sundance Institute. The Cinema School is a New York City High School in the Bronx that focuses on film studies. It is a very new program, and at the present time teaches only narrative film, so that as a documentary filmmaker, I was a little apprehensive about my trip.

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October 6, 20113 years ago

Civil Rights Legend Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at Age 89

The Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, one of the founders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, died yesterday at the age of 89. Representative John Lewis called him the "soul and heart of the Birmingham movement" for his courage to lead a movement for racial justice and civil rights amidst horrific violence and multiple assassination attempts. Shuttlesworth also actively supported the 1961 Freedom Riders when they came to Birmingham. Shuttlesworth declared the Freedom Rides, "the greatest thing to ever happen to Alabama." For more on this icon and the Freedom Rides, go to: and definitely check out today's The article by Charles E. Cobb jr.

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September 26, 20113 years ago

United in Courage: A Community Resource Guide for the film Freedom Riders

Firelight Media's Community Action Division is pleased to announce United in Courage: A Community Resource Guide for the film FREEDOM RIDERS. United in Courage includes tips on how to work with local Freedom Riders, sample discussion questions, a glossary of organizing terms, and essays from Stanley Nelson, Marian Wright Edelman, and youth and adult community organizers. It also includes examples on the many ways the film can be a tool to educate and engage your community–especially young people–to take action on issues like immigrant rights, voter disenfranchisement, educational reform and literacy. Our goal is to share this guide with as many people and organizations as possible so that you too can incorporate the powerful story of the Freedom Riders into your work. Read more
September 20, 20113 years ago

Democracy in Action - FREE Study Guide for Freedom Riders!

Facing History and Ourselves and American Experience have created a new study guide to accompany the film Freedom Riders.

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September 11, 20113 years ago


Congrats to the Firelight Films Team!

The film Freedom Riders won the following three Emmy Awards at the Los Angeles ceremony held last night:

  • Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming - 2011
  • Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking - 2011
  • Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming - 2011

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    August 26, 20113 years ago

    FREE Exhibit at the Birmingham History Center on the Freedom Riders

    The Birmingham History Center will hosting a FREE traveling exhibit the month of September (Sept. 1-29, excluding Labor Day and Sunday) focusing on the Freedom Riders civil rights journeys from Washington D.C. to New Orleans in 1961. The exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the historic rides to end segregation in interstate travel is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the PBS history channel, American Experience. It was assembled to accompany the film Freedom Riders that aired on PBS in May 2011. All museum admission is free during September.

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    August 25, 20113 years ago

    "Immigrant Rights Activists are Obama's Freedom Riders"

    Check out the article written by our national partner, the Center for American Progress, on the links between the efforts of the Freedom Riders and those of immigrant students pressing President Obama on the DREAM Act. Below are some excerpts from the piece, entitled "Immigrant Rights Activists are Obama's Freedom Riders" written by Henry Fernandez, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress:

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    August 16, 20113 years ago


    The Freedom Riders Community Engagement Campaign Goes to Ghana

    Last month our New York City partner Brotherhood/SisterSol brought a contingent of young adults from Harlem to Ghana, West Africa for their annual International Study Program (ISP). While there they hosted a screening of FREEDOM RIDERS for over 200 students at the Vakpo Secondary Technical School. Two Brotherhood/SisterSol alumnae introduced the film: Lauren Crawford (sophomore, SUNY New Paltz) and Zora Howard (sophomore, Yale University).

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