Freedom Riders

The Struggle for Racial Justice and its Legacy with Professor

tested as mob violence and bitter racism greeted them along the way. PBS's acclaimed film series, American Experience, presented the powerful, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational documentary account of the Freedom Rides in May 2011. A companion documentary, Utah's Freedom Riders, was produced by KUED, and was accompanied by Navigating Freedom: A Utah Youth Perspective, four short films created by local high school filmmakers and by Spy Hop Productions. The City Library and several other local organizations are providing additional programming to complement and enhance the Freedom Riders broadcast, including the Civil Rights Film Series, the Freedom Riders exhibition, the forthcoming display This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, and Arsenault's lecture. A full list of activities, screenings, and exhibitions can be found at

Raymond Arsenault
Wednesday, June 29 • 7 p.m. Main Library Auditorium
In conjunction with the Freedom Riders exhibition at the Main Library, the library will host Professor Raymond Arsenault for a keynote lecture about the Freedom Rides, their significance to the political atmosphere of the 1960s, and their impact on the nation fifty years later. The John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Arsenault is the author of the nationally acclaimed book, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice, and served as a historical consultant for both the recently released PBS documentary film, Freedom Riders, and the traveling exhibition of the same name. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—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’ belief in non-violent activism was greatly

Arsenault's lecture will be moderated by Pastor France Davis of Calvary Baptist Church, with an introduction by Leslie G. Kelen of the Center for Documentary Arts. The event is cosponsored by Calvary Baptist Church, Center for Documentary Arts, KUED, SLC Film Center, Tanner Humanities Center of the University of Utah, The King's English Bookshop, and The City Library. A reception for the author and a book signing will follow the keynote presentation.


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