On February 13th at 6:30P.M. the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in cooperation with NYU’s Washington DC Campus, will screen the documentary Freedom Riders at the Abramson Family Auditorium (1307 L Street, NW). The screening is part of NYU Washington DC’s celebration of Black History Month and NEH’s Created Equal initiative. There will be a 6 p.m. reception preceding the film. In addition, the Rebekah Jacob Gallery from Charleston, South Carolina will host a special pop up gallery prior to the screening, also at 6:00 P.M, featuring photos by Ernest Withers, Bruce Davidson, and Bob Adelman. After the film, we will have a panel discussion featuring Arun Chaudhary, the former White House videographer, Professor Deborah Willis, and Rebekah Jacob, exploring the role photojournalism can have on shaping large movements and the effect that imagery has on our perceptions of a people. Space is limited, so attendees must register here: http://www.nyu.edu/rsvp/event.php?e_id=4709. The event is free to attend.
Freedom Riders by Stanley Nelson, tells the story about the volunteers who participated in the Freedom Rides of 1961. The movement was made up of an incredibly diverse group of people who risked injury, arrest, and death to bring the fight against Jim Crow laws out of the courts and into the streets. The film features stunning footage and photography of the movement and highlights how imagery can shape and galvanize a movement.