Freedom Riders | WKAR

January 22, 2021
7:00pm Eastern Time
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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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5 minutes

Welcome to OVEE from Julie Sochay

Julie Sochay, Senior Director of Content and Communication at WKAR, welcomes viewers to Virtual Events.

Freedom Riders

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!

119min 25sec



  • 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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