Freedom Riders | WKAR
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MSU Libraries and WKAR Present Five Nights Toward Freedom: MLK Commemorative Film Series
Join the virtual screening and community conversation featuring “Freedom Riders,” a film that tells the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever.
In 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives journeying through the Deep South, deliberately violating Jim Crow laws to challenge a segregated interstate travel system.
Following the film, join a moderated online discussion with panelists from our mid-Michigan and Spartan communities.
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Julie Sochay, Senior Director of Content and Communication at WKAR, welcomes viewers to Virtual Events.
The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Please Stay for the Q&A
Thank you for joining us!
- Jen Preslar
WKAR Events Coordinator
- Erik Ponder
African and US Ethnic Studies Librarian at MSU Libraries
- Tama Hamilton-Wray
Associate Professor of Africana Film Studies, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University
- Rashida Harrison
Assistant Professor of Social Relations and Policy, James Madison College at Michigan State University
- Jeff Wray
Professor of Film Studies and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English at Michigan State University
- Tamura Lomax
Foundational Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University
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