Sneak Preview: Freedom Riders
In commemoration of Black History Month, MOHAI and KCTS 9 invite you to a special sneak preview of American Experience: Freedom Riders, a film that documents the controversial journey of over 400 Americans who, in 1961, traveled into the Deep South to deliberately violate Jim Crow laws and uproot racism. This film premieres on PBS in May 2011.
A moderated discussion, led by Joan Singler, founder of Seattle CORE (sponsor of the 1961 Freedom Riders), will follow each screening and explore the meaning of the 50th anniversary of this event.
Joan Singler is a founder of Seattle CORE, sponsors of the Freedom Ride in 1961. Along with raising two daughters, she served as CORE secretary, and Chaired the Housing Committee. After moving to San Francisco in 1965, Joan led the San Francisco Women for Peace in a boycott against the Dow Chemical Company, producer of napalm, used in the Vietnam War. Since returning to Seattle, she has worked on behalf of the Farm Workers Union in their fight for better working conditions and on behalf of victims of domestic violence. Singler continues to raise awareness of this issue today, and is co-author "Seattle in Black and White, The Congress of Racial Equality and the fight for Equal Opportunity," which will be released by UW press later this spring.
For more information about the film, visit pbs.org.