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Powerful film about the 1960s Freedom Riders will be screened in Grand Rapids on February 16

February 9, 2012

Next week, the powerful documentary, The Freedom Riders, will be screened in Grand Rapids. The event is a joint effort between the Grand Rapids branch of the IWW, The Bloom Collective and Occupy GR.

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American Society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students-many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university-decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue. Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

The film will be shown on February 16 at 7:00PM.

The location is:

IATSE Labor Hall

931 Bridge St. NW

Grand Rapids, MI.

The film is free and open to the public. A discussion will follow.

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