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August 16, 20113 years ago

Community Spotlight: Dr. A Lenora Taitt-Mugubane

Dr. A. Lenora Taitt-Magubane is a participant in the FREEDOM RIDERS Community Engagement Campaign Speakers Bureau. She became involved in the civil rights movement while attending Spelman College where she joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In March of 1960, she participated in a sit-in with a group of students and faculty at a performance of the musical “My Fair Lady”, held at the segregated Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. Two weeks later Dr. Magubane was arrested at a lunch counter sit-in with 77 other students and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As a result, she spent 15 days in jail. In December 1961, she became one of the 11 Albany, Georgia Freedom Riders who tested interstate travel on a train from Atlanta, GA. Once again, she and her fellow Freedom Riders were arrested and spent two weeks in jail.

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August 5, 20113 years ago

Hard Knock Radio Hosts Discussion With Freedom Riders and Youth from Brave New Voices

Definitely check out KPFA's Hard Knock Radio's program which weaves together excerpts from the documentary Freedom Riders and comments from an inspiring discussion between 1961 Freedom Riders and Brave New Voices youth! The program will be available until August 16, 2011.

"If you don't have Freedom Riders, you are missing out on something...People were just stunned...I mean, the evilness of some people in this country, and the courage of others to take something that seemed so insurmountable and be able to make some major major headway...that's the type of story that we all need to celebrate and need to emulate and need to pass along to the generations that come after..." Radio Host Davey D

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August 5, 20113 years ago

GET ON BOARD: Stories of the Los Angeles to Houston Freedom Ride - August 9th

The Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum is hosting a special preview reception of the new exhibit:
GET ON BOARD: Stories of the Los Angeles to Houston Freedom Ride
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum
4130 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230

Reception: 6:00 PM
Program: 7:00 PM

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July 29, 20113 years ago

The Rock Stars of 1961 - Stanley Nelson Blog July 2011

The Rock Stars of 1961
by Stanley Nelson

I can’t believe it. Its been more than two months since Freedom Riders aired on PBS and since the surreal appearance of over 200 original Freedom Riders on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The journey of making this film is done. The process of the film unearthing a lost history of sacrifice and triumph is still unfolding.

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July 19, 20113 years ago

Harlem Freedom Riders Screening: Wednesday, July 20

Reel Harlem
10th Anniversary Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival
St Nicholas Park
Wednesday, July 20 @ 8:30 PM
Presented by Historic Harlem Parks


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July 15, 20113 years ago


Congrats to the Firelight Films Team!
The film Freedom Riders has garnered the following three Emmy Award nominations:

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

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    July 2, 20113 years ago

    Freedom Rider Hank Thomas Wins 365Black Award at Essence Music Festival

    At the 2011 Essence Music Festival held in New Orleans, Hank Thomas—long-time civil rights activist who was featured in the film Freedom Riders—was honored by the 8th annual 365Black Award. Reflecting on his award, Thomas says: "I see it more as an honor, celebration and recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. For that, I am extremely proud to have been a foot soldier in the Civil Rights Movement.” To read more, click here.
    Photo: Director Stanley Nelson with Freedom Rider Hank Thomas
    June 27, 20113 years ago

    Freedom Riders Campaign Hits The Streets

    The FREEDOM RIDERS Community Engagement Campaign is Off to a Great Start!

    In May, Firelight Media launched our yearlong effort to help organizations around the country use the film Freedom Riders to engage young people. These organizations are exploring the lessons of the Rides and using those lessons to inform their work on contemporary issues such as disproportionate sentencing, immigrant rights, youth violence and environmental justice. Read more
    June 27, 20113 years ago

    FREEDOM RIDERS is TRUTHOUT's Progressive Pick of the Week

    Earlier today, Truthoutnamed Freedom Riders its "Progressive Pick of the Week" and reprinted an interview with Director Stanley Nelson originally done by American Experience. Thanks to Truthout for the shout out and your support of Firelight Films. Check out the article here:
    June 18, 20113 years ago

    Freedom Rider Ben Cox Dies

    Freedom Rider Benjamin Elton Cox dies at the age of 79. Cox was a member of the first wave of Freedom Riders in the 1961 challenge to Jim Crow jump-started by the Congress for Racial Equality. He is remembered as civil rights hero and crusader. Click here to read article in the Jackson Sun. Check out Lauren Prestileo's tribute to him and read his bio on American Experience's website. May he rest in peace.
    Photo: Benjamin Cox
    Photo Credit: Jackson Sun