Exhibition and Film Screening of "The Freedom Riders."
Join the Rebekah Jacob Gallery for a special, one night only, exhibition at NYU Washington, DC. Photos by Ernest Withers, Bruce Davidson and Bob Adelman will be displayed paired with a special talk and reception by gallery owner Rebekah Jacob at 6 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., join us for a special screening of FREEDOM RIDERS, a film by Stanley Nelson, followed by a panel discussion of the important role photo journalism plays in historical movements. Panel will include Deborah Willis, Ph. D, NYU Tisch, Arun Chaudhary (TSOA '04), first official videographer of White House, Rebekah Jacob and others.
FREEDOM RIDERS Film by Stanley Nelson. Attracting a diverse group of volunteers—black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern—the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8-mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.
This program is in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.