College to Host Free Screening of ‘Freedom Riders’ Monday
April 11, 2012
The Dalton State College Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host a free screening of the 2010 historical documentary “Freedom Riders” Monday evening, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
The program is free and open to the public.
“Freedom Riders” tells the inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever when more than 400 black and white nonviolent activists risked their lives by traveling together on buses and trains throughout the Deep South, deliberately violating Jim Crow laws.
A discussion will follow the screening.
“‘Freedom Riders’ is a provocative film that deals with a very sensitive topic from our not-so-distant past,” said Dr. Robin Cleeland, Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the College’s Diversity Center. “This screening lays a foundation for our visit later this month from Congressman John Lewis, a Freedom Rider and iconic figure of the Civil Rights movement,” she said. Congressman Lewis will speak on “Building the Beloved Community” at Dalton State Monday, April 30.
The screening of “Freedom Riders” is free, but seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of strong language and adult themes, it may not be suitable for children, Dr. Cleeland said.
Those with questions are welcome to call 706-272-4562 to learn more.