Klahr Center hosts free film & discussion: FREEDOM RIDERS

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 7:42 p.m. to 7:42 p.m.

Location: Michael Klahr Center on the University of Maine, Augusta Campus, 46 University Dr., Augusta, ME

For more information: Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine; 207-621-3530;

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series

Attracting a diverse group of volunteers – black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern – the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.

Freedom Riders is presented by the HHRC as part of its participation in the Created Equal program. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

In Maine, this program is also presented as part of The Civil Rights Act of 1964: 50 Years of Moving Toward Equity and Justice. The yearlong project is sponsored by the NAACP (Maine) in partnership with Portland Public Library, ACLU Maine, Maine Jewish Film Festival, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Portland Public Schools, University of New England, University of Maine School of Law, Glickman Library, the Maine Humanities Council and USM

Run Time: 120 minutes with Discussion to Follow

Refreshments Provided

Donations Gratefully Accepted

Michael Klahr Center

University of Maine at Augusta