Created Equal? Freedom Riders: Roadblocks and Redemption on “Freedom’s Main Line”
The National Constitution Center invites you to join a special program with Constitution Center President & CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the heroic acts of the Freedom Riders and the tensions between the civil rights movement of that time and the Kennedy administration. Rutgers University professors Charlene Mires and Wayne Glasker, along with Freedom Riders Rev. Reginald Green and Dion Diamond, will join this lively conversation featuring video from Freedom Riders – the third installment of PBS’s Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle films series exploring the civil rights activists who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the National Constitution Center’s NEW exhibition, Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, directly following the program.
About Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the passage of 13th Amendment,, HSP has partnered with the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to host screenings of four documentaries featuring riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.
The documentaries are part of Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a powerful film set produced with NEH support. Each film tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. These programs offer a series of lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations in addition to the screenings.
The documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.