Watch FREEDOM RIDERS Monday, May 16th at 8pm on Basin PBS
On Monday, May 16th at 8pm, Basin PBS and PBS stations nationwide will premiere AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: FREEDOM RIDERS, the first feature-length film about the courageous band of civil-rights activists, black and white Americans, who risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.
The two-hour documentary features the expert interview of University of Texas of the Permian Basin Professor, Derek Catsam, who published “Freedom's Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides.”
FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans traveled together from Washington DC to Jackson, Mississipi. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.
From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, FREEDOM RIDERS features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand.