Backstage with Stanley Nelson on Oprah"I think the lesson of the Freedom Riders is that you have to take the first step and just step out there and try to make a change." - Stanley Nelson
"I would rather be dead than not free, and that is the reason I got on that bus." - Freedom Rider
On Wednesday, May 4th, 2011, The Oprah Show commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Freedom Riders movement that challenged segregation and won. Oprah reunited almost 200 Freedom Riders who had risked their lives to change America, and showcased filmmaker Stanley Nelson's bold new film that tells their story, Freedom Riders. During the opening of the show, Oprah declared: "if it were not for these American heroes, this country would be a very different place right now.The lives of millions of you watching at home would be dramatically different. I know my life would be were it not for them."
Oprah asked everyone to gather their families and tune in to the PBS broadcast of Freedom Riders on May 16, 2011.
Backstage with Stanley Nelson
Click here to see the backstage interview with award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson.
Oprah's Tribute to the Freedom Rides
Click here to view Oprah's multimedia tribute to the Freedom Riders.
Why I Got on the Bus...
Click here to hear why the Freedom Riders joined the struggle and risked their lives.