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Lansing City Pulse

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

‘Freedom Riders’ Rolling into WKAR Tonight
By City Pulse Staff

Wednesday, May 4 — Fifty years ago today, the Freedom Riders boarded two buses and began their journey to challenge the segregation that still existed in the South. Tonight, WKAR-TV and Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Sciences presents a free screening of the “American Experience” documentary “Freedom Riders” at 7 p.m. in WKAR’s Studio A in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

The film will be followed by a discussion with civil rights movement veteran William G. Anderson and a reception to honor MSU junior Erica Shekell, who will participate in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, which will retrace the original trip from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans. Shekell plans to chronicle her trip through social media and video posts, beginning May 6. Read more…

Red and

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Students Recreate Bus Journey: Freedom Ride Remembered
By Lindsey Cook

JoyEllen Freeman is going on a road trip this summer, but it’s not the average trip to the “Jersey Shore” or Disneyland.

Freeman is participating in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride sponsored by American Experience and the Public Broadcasting Service.

Freeman is one of 40 college students from around the country who will retrace the stops of the original 1961 Freedom Ride, traveling from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans from May 6 to May 16. Read more…

The Chronicle

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Duke Sophomore to Participate in Civil Rights Tribute
By Michael Shammas

Beginning May 6, sophomore Rajlakshmi De will take a stand for social justice. Fifty years ago, more than 400 Americans risked their lives for the same cause. Read more…

The Topeka Capital-Journal

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Social Activism Topic of Freedom Ride
By Corey Jones

Will Dale, a freshman at The University of Kansas, cares deeply about education and education reform. Thanks to a national competition, he now can share his views, learn from others and engage in social activism rhetoric along a more than 1,000-mile adventure.

The 19-year-old Topekan will join 39 other students from across the nation this week for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride. The event is being organized by the PBS series “American Experience.” Read more…

Meet Robert Sgrignoli

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Meet Tariq Meyers

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

50 Years Later, Students to Follow Path of Freedom Riders
By Karin Kapsidelis

Reginald M. Green was a 21-year-old student at Virginia Union University when he boarded a Trailways bus on Broad Street for a ride he knew would ultimately take him to jail.

Charles S. Reed Jr. is a 21-year-old student at the University of Mary Washington who’s about to get on that bus, too. Read more…

Portland Press Herald

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Bob Keyes: Bowdoin Student Joins Freedom Rides Observance
by Bob Keyes

As a youngster, Anna Nutter remembers piling in the car the very afternoon that school let out and making the long family drive from Texas to Maine.

Her mother, who grew up here, couldn’t wait to escape the broiling Houston heat and return home to the cool breezes of a Maine summer.

Along the way, they would stop at every Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefield or monument they came across. Those detours broke up what felt like an endless drive, and instilled a sense of wonder in young Anna’s mind. She remembers gazing out across the battlefield at Gettysburg and thinking, “This is awe-inspiring.” Read more…

Meet Zilong Wang

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Kansas City Star

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Students Retrace the Civil Rights Freedom Rides of the 1960s
by Donald Bradley

Early morning on Friday, LeRoy Ford of Kansas City will “get on the bus.”

That’s the phrase used for the 2011 Freedom Ride to mark the 50 years since college students boarded buses in Washington, D.C., to travel into the Deep South to challenge segregation laws. Read more…

NYU Today

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Liberal Studies’ Astiz Selected for Student Freedom Ride

Liliana Graciela Astiz, a sophomore in NYU’s Liberal Studies Program, is one of 40 students from across the nation to be selected by PBS’s award-winning documentary series “American Experience” to take part in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride.

PBS “American Experience” has organized the 2011 Student Freedom Ride to retrace the 1961 bus rides of hundreds of black and white Americans across the Deep South in violation of Jim Crow laws. Marking the 50th anniversary of this historic journey, students will retrace the steps of the original Freedom Riders as they journey from Washington, D.C. to Jackson, Miss. from May 6 to May 16. Read more…

Whitworth University News

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Whitworth Philosophy Major, Act Six Student Selected for PBS’s “American Experience” Freedom Ride 2011
by Emily Proffitt

Whitworth junior philosophy major Benjameen Quarless is among 40 college students nationwide who have been selected for the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, a 10-day journey May 6-16 that will trace the route taken by the original freedom riders of 1961. The ride will mark the 50th anniversary of the original freedom rides and coincides with the premiere of the film Freedom Riders, to be aired on PBS’ American Experience series on Monday, May 16, at 9 p.m. ET. Read more…

NC A&T State Press Release

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

A&T Student Selected for Freedom Ride
by Nettie C. Rowland

Collis Crews, a junior history major at North Carolina A&T State University has been selected for the 2011 Freedom Ride, an experiential learning opportunity for college students in conjunction with the broadcast of Freedom Riders and the 50th anniversary of the original May 1961 Freedom Rides.

From May 6-16, the Ride will be a moving classroom in which Crews and 39 other college students from across the country will retrace the route of the original Freedom Rides. Accompanied by filmmaker Stanley Nelson, original Freedom Riders and others, The Ride will engage students as they learn the extraordinary commitment and courage of the individual who took part in the Freedom Rides as well as the history that was taking place during that era. The Ride also is a way of launching a national conversation about the role of civic engagement in a thriving democracy, explore what issues inspire students to “get on the bus” today, and focus on the civic engagement that is taking place on college campuses and the communities across the country. Read more…

Meet Lily Astiz

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Erie Times-News

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Mercyhurst Student to Travel on PBS Freedom Ride
by Sean McCracken

It’s not often that a college student considers a bus ride a pivotal moment in his life.

But it’s also not very often that a college student gets to take a nationally televised bus ride that retraces the civil rights movement.

That’s just what Mercyhurst College junior Robert Sgrignoli is planning to do. Read more…

Helena Independent Record

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Retracing History
by Sanjay Talwani

Rachael DeMarce did well in middle school and at C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls. But she figures if it weren’t for Montana’s Indian Education for All program, she might have never finished high school, with what she described as low expectations for American Indian students and a lack of visible and successful American Indian role models.

But she did graduate — and is now a junior at Carroll College, double majoring in political science and communications.

Next month, she will immerse herself into a major episode of American history, when she and 39 other college students from around the nation embark on the Student Freedom Ride. She’ll retrace the steps of the original Freedom Ride, 50 years ago in 1961, when black and white activists rode through the South on a bus to protest segregation, facing bombings and beatings along the way. Some of the original freedom riders will join the students, offering insights on history to a new generation of engaged students. Read more…