Programming Alert: “Freedom Riders” on PBS Tonight (May 16)

Make plans to see this fabulous documentary, which airs on PBS tonight (in most markets), called “Freedom Riders,” about the young people who protested racial segregation by riding buses into the segregated south from May to November 1961. Here’s a short (2:16 ) preview:

Watch the full episode. See more American Experience.

There is also a traveling exhibit that includes a detailed narrative of the Rides, illustrated with archival photos and newspaper clippings that document this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement. Look for it in your city.


  1. Blaque Swan, previously No1KState

    I watched it. I wanted to turn away from it – too heart wrenching. But I couldn’t. I was fixed to the TV.

    I enjoyed watching history being accurately portrayed. That was nice.

    On a side note, I know the songs the Riders were re-mixing. That made things extra real for me. I wonder if knowing the songs made my viewing experience different from folks who don’t know the songs.

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