"Freedom Riders" Advance Screening and Panel at Sage April 21

April 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

WMHT Presents the Capital Region Preview of

FREEDOM RIDERS

A Powerful Story of Six Months in 1961 That Changed America Forever

A powerful and harrowing story featuring testimony from the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand.

WMHT and The Sage Colleges proudly present the Capital Region preview of the new PBS American Experience documentary, Freedom Riders

Fifty years ago, more than 400 courageous Americans risked their lives, endured savage beatings and imprisonment, for simply traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South.  Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders' belief in non-violent activism, was sorely tested as they encountered mob violence and bitter racism along the way. 

Following the preview screening, Sage will host a community conversation featuring a panel of veterans of the Southern Civil Rights Movement along with music from the era by a group of gospel singers and the Sagettes.  Please join us.

Thursday
April 21
The Sage Colleges Russell Sage Campus
Bush Memorial
7 pm
Free and Open to the Public

For more information on the movie, see http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders

Co-sponsors: The Sage Colleges Department of History and Society, Underground Railroad History Project, The Rensselaer County Historical Society

For additional info:  Andor Skotnes |  skotna@sage.edu | 518 244-2921