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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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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 11, 20113 years ago

What's Next at Firelight? -- Stanley Nelson Blog August 2011

What’s Next at Firelight?

Freedom Riders has proven to be a wonderful, yet never-ending, journey. While we continue roll out our Freedom Riders Community Engagement Campaign, there are few more pots brewing on the stove.

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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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