Freedom Riders showing this Sunday at BUEI

February 18, 2011

Sunday February 20th @ 3pm at the BUEI Tradewinds Auditorium
See the acclaimed film “FREEDOM RIDERS”  (120 minutes) PG for “strong racial language” and “racial violence”

Tickets: $15 available at Oceans Gift Shop or BUEI 297 7314

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American Society.  Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad.  That is, until an integrated band of college students – many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university – decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South.  They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the President and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s inspirational documentary chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.  Based partly on Raymond Arsenault’s acclaimed book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

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