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Freedom Riders: Lessons from the Past for Today’s Justice Struggle

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Main Library

In 1961, when integrated teams of Freedom Riders were fire-bombed and beaten in Alabama, students rallied to continue nonviolent direct action against Jim Crow segregation. Half a century later, the 21st Century Freedom Ride is coming to Durham, NC, to ask what the heroes of our past can teach us about addressing injustice in America today. Join Bob Zellner, Freedom Rider and activist, for a screening of selections from the PBS documentary Freedom Riders, testimony from activists directly affected by mass incarceration and detention/deportation today and a conversation about how we can work together to build up a new world. This program is part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, which is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This event is co-sponsored by the School for Conversion and Durham County Library.