The PBS series American Experience, television's longest-running and most-watched history series, was honored last week with a George Foster Peabody Award, widely considered the most prestigious award for electronic media. Freedom Riders was among the series' showcase films.

Three American Experience films were singled out to represent the series: Triangle Fire, which tells the story a deadly workplace accident that forever changed the industry of the American factory; our very own Freedom Riders, which recounts the bravery of black and white Americans who took a stand against racism in one of the Civil Rights Movement's first decisive victories; and Stonewall Uprising, which documents the 1969 protests that marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world. These three documentaries will be honored under the banner of American Experience as a series.

The Peabody Awards will be formally presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on May 21.

To learn more, go to: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/blog/2012/04/04/peabody/ and check out the Chicago Tribune.
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