A map of the route of the Freedom Riders. Image. Library of Congress. The American Mosaic: The African American Experience. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.
The Social Science, Philosophy and Religion Department continues its commemoration of the Freedom Riders during African American Heritage Month. In 1961, a brave group of demonstrators trained in non-violent direct action set out on the interstate bus system to test Supreme Court mandated integration of bus service throughout the American South. Their story is dramatically retold in the 2010 documentary, Freedom Riders. The documentary DVD is found in the LAPL collection at DVD 323.4092 F8535
The LAPL hosted database, the African American Experience, has a background article on the Freedom Riders here. You may need your LAPL library card number and PIN to access this article.
Freedom Riders in Alabama. Image. Library of Congress. The American Mosaic: The African American Experience.ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.
LAPL has been participating in the National Endowment for the Humanities program, Created Equal, since the Fall of 2013. You may have attended the lecture with Reverend James Lawson in October or screened the entire documentary earlier in the February. Please watch the "Created Equal" announcements on the LAPL website for future programming.
Here are critically acclaimed books on the Freedom Rider story and the civil rights movement available at LAPL:
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter
The Children by David Halberstam
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Raymond Arsenault
Kennedy, Johnson, and the Quest for Justice: The Civil Rights Tapes by Jonathan Rosenberg and Zachary Karabell
Lay Bare the Heart: An Autobiography of the Civil Rights Movement by James Farmer
The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
Racial Matters: The FBI's Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972 by Kenneth O’Reilly
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis and Michael D’Orso
The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement by Bob Zellner and Constance Curry