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Southern Historical Collection To Host Pre-Screening of Forthcoming American Experience Documentary Freedom Riders April 21

Pre-Screening of American Experience Documentary Freedom Riders
Thursday, April 21, 2011
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Biff Hollingsworth, Southern Historical Collection, (919) 962-1345

The Southern Historical Collection will host a pre-screening of the forthcoming American Experience television documentary Freedom Riders on April 21, at 12:30 p.m., in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The free public event will include an introduction by UNC-TV outreach coordinator for Freedom Riders Brynne Tuggle, the screening of a one-hour excerpt from the film, and a brief question-and-answer session.

Freedom Riders, to be broadcast in full by UNC-TV on May 16, details the experience of an interracial group of more than 400 activists challenging the Jim Crow laws that segregated interstate travel during the Civil Rights era. From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, the two-hour documentary features testimony from the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. The broadcast will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic Rides.

The event is sponsored by the University Library’s Southern Historical Collection, UNC-TV, and the Carolina Student Union.

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