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Free screening of new film about Freedom Riders
Free screening of new film about Freedom Riders

Tampa, Florida -- There's a new documentary being released about the Freedom Riders and people in the Tampa Bay area are invited to a special free screening of the film Wednesday night at the Tampa Theatre located at 711 N. Franklin Street in Tampa.

Click here to watch the trailer.

From May until November of 1961, more than 400 Black and White Americans risked their lives to travel together on buses and trains in the Deep South in an effort to end the Jim Crow laws of segregation.

Many of the Freedom Riders endured savage beatings and were arrested while others were killed during their nonviolent activism.

Two Freedom Riders live in the Tampa Bay area. Click here for a previous story.

Free Film Screening of Freedom Riders:

7 p.m. - The doors open to the public for the special screening.

7:30 p.m. - The program begins with an introduction by Dr. Ray Arsenault since the two hour documentary is based on his book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

9:35 p.m. - There's a question and answer session with Dr. Ray Arsenault and four Freedom Riders including the Reverand Bernard Lafayette Jr., David and Winonah Myers of Ellenton, and Kredelle Petway.

The documentary is set to air at 9 p.m. on May 16 on WEDU, a local PBS station.

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