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Durham County Library Hosts Program and Discussion on Freedom Riders

Program: Freedom Riders: Lessons from the Past for Today’s Justice Struggle
Date: Saturday, December 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Bob Zellner, Freedom Rider and activist, for a screening of selections from the PBS documentary, Freedom Riders at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 14 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

In 1961, when integrated teams of Freedom Riders were firebombed 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 to ask what the heroes of our past can teach us about addressing injustice in America today. In addition to the screening, there will be testimony from activists directly affected by mass incarceration and detention/deportation today, and an open discussion about solutions to injustice.

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, Durham County Library and Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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