It’s kind of hard to imagine that the Freedom Riders campaigns began 50 years ago this month. It really wasn’t that long ago, in the grand scheme of things, that brave men and women risked their lives in the fight for equal rights. Yeah, people put their lives at risk and all they were doing was riding integrated buses down south.
Those were some dark times.
Freedom Riders is, as you might have guessed it, is the story of the people who took those rides. People who often endured savage beatings for something that seems so trivial today. It was directed by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (The Murder of Emmett Till,Jonestown, Wounded Knee) and features interviews and testimony from the Riders, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the rides firsthand.
You’ll be able to see it on PBS, but why do that when you can see it for free at your friendly neighborhood art theater? It’s playing at the Belcourt tomorrow night at 6:30pm and while it’s free you still need to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Freedom Riders” in the subject line.
Enjoy your educational film experience.