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Freedom Riders: Part 2

Event Details

August 24, 2016 6:30 PM
Location: African American Museum of Iowa
55 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Contact Name: Alicia RH Mayberry
Email: amayberry@blackiowa.org
Phone: 3198622101
Website: http://www.blackiowa.org/

Event Description

Join us for the conclusion of the powerful documentary “Freedom Riders,” followed by a discussion lead by David McCartney, archivist at the University of Iowa’s Department of Special Collections.

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. This film features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters, the Riders themselves, the state and federal government officials, and the journalists who witnessed the Ride firsthand.

 David McCartney is an archivist at the University of Iowa’s Department of Special Collections, as he shares specific stories of Iowan’s who participated in various aspects of the Civil Rights Movement.