‘Freedom Riders’ on WQED

On May 16, WQED will premiere their documentary, “Freedom Riders from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE” at 9 p.m. on WQED-TV.

The documentary tells the story of the original 400 Black and White Americans who risked their lives and endured beatings and imprisonment to travel together from May through November 1961 on buses and trains through the Deep South, which violated Jim Crow laws.

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides. To commemorate the anniversary and the historical event, WGBH Boston will take 40 college students, three from Pennsylvania schools, on the 2011 Student Freedom Ride.

“With this project, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is taking a very powerful story and expanding its reach well beyond the television screen or the internet,” says Jon Abbott, president and CEO of WGBH Boston, which produces AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.

“The 2011 Student Freedom Ride represents what’s unique about public media and demonstrates WGBH’s and PBS’s commitment to inform and inspire students of all ages.” For more information on the documentary, visit www.pbs.org.

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