The Political Agitator response: Powerful message! Some folks need to see more of this so they can understand what is going on in this world today. There are new techniques being used and some ignant black folks either don’t understand, don’t care or in denial.
Sure, we aren’t doing everything the civil rights movement set out to achieve in the ’60s, but goodness gracious, as long as there are 12-year-olds like this one, I know we’ll get there.
If you think it’s getting intense around 2:45, when she gets the Dixie cups, wait for the closing line of the whole thing. Emotions!
This clip is part of the American Experience series about the civil rights movement in Mississippi. I happened upon it while I was researching the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, or Mississippi Summer Project, and I couldn’t stop watching. I read a book on the Freedom Summer a few years ago called “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy,” and I was just blown away by all the stories. If you’re into how America actually worked and works, read it! It’s one of my fave nonfictions. (Source: Read more)
"Freedom Riders" is a special two-hour episode of the acclaimed PBS history series "American Experience.’ It will be broadcast on Monday, May 16, at 9 p.m., by UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network.
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The full "Freedom Riders" documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault’s book "Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice." It tells the story of six months in 1961 when more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by deliberately violating Jim Crow laws as they traveled through the Deep South. The film incorporates testimony from some of the riders, who countered racism and mob violence with nonviolent activism.
From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson ("Wounded Knee," "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple," The Murder of Emmett Till") "Freedom Riders" features testimony from central characters including the riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the events firsthand.
As the final season of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ comes to a close, Winfrey is making a concerted effort to dedicate the last episodes to significant social topics and notable people. On today’s (May 4) show, Winfrey – who plans to focus exclusively on running her newly launched OWN Network after the show ends on May 25 – has invited 178 of the original Freedom Riders to appear as special guests. (Read more)