Freedom Riders


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 9:30AM
Copeland Hall

Freedom Riders





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Freedom Riders




Mad River Theater Works
Recommended for Grades 4 - 8



Set in 1961, fifteen years after the U.S. Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders – both black and white Americans from the North and the South – decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in so many parts of the U.S. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.



Curriculum Connections: American History, Civil Rights, Culture and Community, Music