Watch AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Freedom Riders
April, 2011: WEDU celebrated the Freedom Riders’ 50th anniversary
Host Cathy Unruh interviews one of the original Freedom Riders and Dr. Ray Arsenault, author of “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.” Watch
On the evening of April 13, 2011, WEDU hosted a premiere of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film Freedom Riders. A sold-out house embraced the story of the heroic Freedom Riders as the film was screened at one of Tampa’s most treasured historical landmarks for arts and culture – The Tampa Theatre. The Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Choir, the Freedom Riders in attendance, and the historical significance of this film being shown in a theatre that banned African Americans just a few decades ago made the event that much more poignant. Watch a few clips from the Freedom Riders premiere in Tampa, Florida at the historic Tampa Theatre. Watch
At the Tampa premiere, former freedom riders and author Dr. Ray Arsenault sit down for a question and answer session with the audience. Watch
Photos from the Freedom Riders premiere
4/13/11 at Tampa Theatre
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