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STLCC-Meramec to Host Pre-Screening Event for “Freedom Riders” Documentary

April 05, 2011

Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson will be the featured speaker at a special pre-screening event for his latest documentary “Freedom Riders” 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the theater at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, 11333 Big Bend Road in Kirkwood.


Based on Raymond Arsenault’s book, “Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” Nelson’s documentary is the first feature-length film about this event. A band of about 400 civil rights activists – black and white, young and old, male and female, Northern and Southern – risked their lives by deliberately violating Jim Crow laws and traveling together on buses as they journeyed through the Deep South. Greeted by mob violence and bitter racism along the way, many endured savage beatings and even imprisonment. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil rights inequities that plagued the nation.


Jim Kirchherr of KETC-TV, the St. Louis PBS affiliate, will moderate the event. Following short clips from the film, Nelson will answer questions from the audience.


The documentary airs on PBS 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 16.


The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 314-984-7167. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, contact the Meramec Community Relations office at 314-984-7529 at least two working days prior to the event.