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Advance screening of Freedom Riders at WQED

WQED Multimedia

Monday, May 9, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Advance screening of Freedom Riders at WQED

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Join WQED Multimedia as we pre-screen a portion of the new documentary, Freedom Riders, before it airs on WQED-TV!

Freedom Riders is the powerful, harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism.

Screening will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a discussion and Q & A with original Freedom Rider, Joan C. Browning, immediately following.


In addition to answering questions from the audience, Joan will be talking about her experiences of being incarcerated as a Freedom Rider at only 19 years old, and will share letters and notes she wrote during her time in both Albany and Georgia jails.


View the trailer for Freedom Riders here. 

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.


Have a question you would like to ask Joan about her experience as a Freedom Rider? Submit your questions to education@wqed.org by Friday, May 6.


You may also contact outreach@wqed.org or visit wqed.org/edu for more information.

Free parking is available in the Carnegie Mellon parking lot located at Forbes and Morewood Avenues (after 5 p.m.)


WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster.  The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world.  WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate);  Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.



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When & Where

WQED Multimedia
4802 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, 15213

Monday, May 9, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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