Freedom Riders

The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. Based on Raymond Arsenault’s recent book, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South.



Click here to watch the Freedom Riders, full-length documentary (via free video streaming from the Created Equal website).

Spring 2014 Events

Full-length film screening
February 11, 7:30pm, Thomas 110
**Free and open to the public**
Abridged film screening and featured speaker
April 10, 2014, 4:30pm, Carpenter 21
**Free and open to the public**

Directions to campus
Pictoral campus map (Carpenter is building #17)
Campus map indicating handicapped accessible routes

Featured speaker:

Lecia Brooks Lecia Brooks
Director of Outreach, Southern Poverty Law Center
Director, Civil Rights Memorial Center

Lecia Brooks leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s outreach efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. She also serves as director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala., an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the civil rights movement. She joined the SPLC staff in 2004 as director of Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a Teaching Tolerance program designed to help break down racial, cultural and social barriers in schools. Previously, she worked for 12 years for the National Conference for Community and Justice. She is the founder and principal consultant for Diversity Matters, an independent consulting firm that develops customized education and cultural workshops for non-profits, institutions of higher learning and government entities. Ms. Brooks participated in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, honoring the 50th anniversary of the original Freedom Rides.