The Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the PBS series American Experience, Morehouse College, the Emory University Center for Ethics and 15 other Atlanta area organizations were pleased welcome the forty 2011 Student Freedom Riders for Freedom Riders – Atlanta.
Freedom Riders – Atlanta is a film screening, luncheon, and afternoon of dialogue pertaining to the 1961 Freedom Rides. This event took place at the Leadership Center at Morehouse College from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The 2011 Freedom Riders are forty college students from across the nation, selected from approximately 1000 applicants. From May 6 – 16, 2011, they will retrace the route of the original rides from Washington D.C. to New Orleans, with stops in Augusta and Atlanta. Two Georgia students were selected for this trip: sophomore JoyEllen Freeman from the University of Georgia and Kaitlyn Whiteside, a senior at Georgia Institute of Technology.
* The day began with a one-hour sneak peek screening of Freedom Riders, a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Wounded Knee, The Murder of Emmett Till). The film will premiere nationally on the PBS series American Experience on May 16, 2011, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the original Rides. The acclaimed film tells the inspirational and powerful story of the more than 400 black and white men and women who, using non-violent tactics, risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South in 1961.
* Lunch and a talk by Ray Arsenault, historian and author of the book Freedom Riders (upon with the movie is based). The talk provided context and prepared guests for an afternoon of small group dialogue on the rides, personal perspectives on civic engagement, and civic engagement in metro-Atlanta.
|Ray Arsenault at 2011 Freedom Rides - Atlanta. Photo by Carlton Mackey|
|2011 Freedom Rider JoyEllen Freeman, Freedom Rider Dr. Benard Lafayette, Co-Convenor Carlton Mackey, 2011 Freedom Rider Zilong Wang, and Facilitator Jamila Mindingal dialouge about Freedoom Rides and civic engagement.|
Proudly Welcome Original Freedom Riders:
Other special guests include 1961 Freedom Riders Mrs. Julia Aaron, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Charles Person, Joan Mulholland, Ernest “Rip” Patton, Helen and Robert Singleton
|Freedom Riders Julia Aaron and David Dennis on Interstate Bus from Montgomery, AL to Jackson, MS||by Paul Schutzer|
|Joan Trumpauer Mulholland was a freshman at Duke in the spring of 1960, and was actively involved in the local sit-in movement, something that she hadn’t shared with her parents until the university’s Dean of Women got involved. www.breachofpeace.com|
|Joan Mulholland speaks at 2011 Freedom Rides Atlanta. Photo by Carlton Mackey|
|1961 Freedom Riders Honored at 2011 Freedom Rides - Atlanta|
Freedom Riders Atlanta is brought to you by: ARC Media, Anti-Defamation League, Asian Pacific American Historical Society, Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, Atlanta Office – American Jewish Committee, Atlanta Regional Commission, Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American History and Culture, Civic League for Regional Atlanta, Collective Deliberation Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Emory University Center for Ethics, Emory University – Transforming Community Project, Georgia Humanities Council, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Georgia State University, Morehouse College- Rabin King Initiative, Morehouse College – Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, PBS-American Experience. Sponsors for Freedom Riders Atlanta include the Georgia Humanities Council, Morehouse College, National Endowment for the Humanities and American Experience.
About the Council:
Freedom Riders – Atlanta is the last of a series of film screenings in Georgia sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the PBS series American Experience. Other screenings took place at Emory University and in Albany, Kennesaw, and Savannah.
The Georgia Humanities Council (www.georgiahumanities.org) is a statewide nonprofit organization working to ensure that humanities and culture remain an integral part of the lives of all Georgians. The Council serves the state of Georgia through its grant program and projects, and increases awareness about the history, stories, and ideas that inform our lives, so that we can make better decisions for the future.
(Article adapted from original press release)