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American ExperienceFreedom Riders
Before Rosa Parks, There Was Irene Morgan
Irene Morgan fought her 1944 arrest for sitting in the front of an interstate bus.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 52s
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Freedom Riders Preview
Rebroadcasts Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Check your local listings.
Preview: S23 Ep11 | 31s
Why Be a Freedom Rider?
In this video from 1961, two Freedom Riders explain what they're doing.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 36s
A Simple, But Daring Plan
Learn about the 1961 Freedom Rides from the Freedom Riders themselves.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 1m 35s
Buses Are A-Coming
Even in prison, the Freedom Riders found ways to advocate for their beliefs.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 2m 16s
Travelling in the Segregated South
For African-Americans, travel in the segregated South was insulting at best.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 28s
This Was Absolute War
May 1961, a busload of Freedom Riders were confronted by an angry mob in Montgomery, AL.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 2m 8s
Civil rights activists rehearsed non-violence, and were prepared to face violence.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 1m 3s
Down Freedom's Main Line
Two activists reflect on what the Freedom Rides meant for the Civil Rights movement.
Carter on the Economy: Energy Crisis
Carter asked Americans to cut down their energy usage during a fireside chat in 1977.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 1m 37s
Alicia Skeeter: James Farmer Quotes
Alicia Skeeter talks with her peers about the words of civil rights leader James Farmer.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 1m 41s
Day 10: Charles Reed Jr.
Charles Reed Jr. discusses his thoughts at the end of the 2011 Student Freedom Ride.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 2m 59s
Reconciliation in Anniston
Erica Shekell's video of reconciliation in Anniston, Alabama.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 2m 54s
Day 10: Jason McGaughey
The final post from the Student Freedom Rider Jason McGaughey.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 2m 43s
Day 10: Esther Kim
Student Freedom Rider Esther Kim sings and plays "We Shall Overcome" on the ukulele.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 3m 59s
Day 10: Erica Shekell
The final video of 2011 Student Freedom Rider Erica Shekell.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 2m 57s
Day 7: Sarah Cheshire
Sarah Cheshire interviews original riders Jim Zwerg and Joan Mulholland.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 2m 49s
Day 10: Tania Smith
Student Tania Smith's video about the importance of music to the Freedom Riders.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 1m 29s
Day 7 at the 16th Street Church
The student freedom riders attend a concert in the 16th Street Baptist Church.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 38s
Michael Tubbs Speaks at Jim Hill High School
Student freedom rider Michael Tubbs speaks to students at Jim Hill High School.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 2m 56s
Day 8: Francisco Diaz
Francisco Diaz asks his fellow riders what music inspires them.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 3m 6s
Day 9: Doaa Dorgham
Doaa Dorgham films her fellow Student Freedom Riders' doing their own "freedom dances."
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 1m 19s
Day 10: Karl Kumodzi
Karl Kumodzi shows the enthusiastic welcome received by the 2011 Freedom Ride.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 1m 53s
Day 9: JoyEllen Freeman
Student Freedom Rider JoyEllen Freeman interviews Montgomery, AL native Stephanie Burton.
Clip: S23 Ep11 | 1m 47s
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