Documentary Marks Freedom Riders 50-Year Anniversary

The story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South in 1961 is being retold in a new PBS documentary.

“Freedom Riders” is the powerful, harrowing story of more than 400 black and white Americans who risked their lives by traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South to protest segregationist Jim Crow laws.

The two-hour documentary marks the 50 th anniversary of the historic treks. It features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters, including the riders themselves, state and federal government officials and journalists who witnessed the rides firsthand.

“Freedom Riders” is available to watch online. Click here.