Freedom RidersDocumentary Made by Stanley Nelson Presentation by Jordan Mandel
INTRO- SUMMARYFreedom Riders is a documentary based on the freedom rides started in 1961 tochallenge racism by riding various forms of public transportation in the south tochallenge local laws or customs that enforced segregation.The rides were inspired by the 1947 journey of reconciliation. This was 16 menwho did exactly what the freedom riders did, only 14 years earlier.The ﬁrst freedom ride took place on May 5, 1961, this bus was led by JamesFramer, and consisted of 13, riders, 7 black and 6 white.
NELSON’S MESSAGE TextStanley Nelson’s message was, to not forget thesepeoples bravery. Every person that ever went on theFreedom rides made a huge difference and put therelives in jeopardy to make that difference. Nelson’smessage was to never forget what the heroes of theFreedom rides did.
COMMUNICATING THE MESSAGEStanley Nelson does a great job of communicating hismessage. The ﬁlms message is repeated over and overagain by the explanation of what the Freedom ridershad to go through.The mobs that beat and nearly killed the riders, didnot win the ultimate ﬁght which I believe is really oneof the biggest messages in the ﬁlm.
COMMUNICATING THE MESSAGE TextThe mobs in Anniston and Birmingham were both extremely violent, yet theriders knew this going in. This is illustrated during interviews when eachinterviewer said they knew what they were getting into but the ultimate goal wasbigger then each one of them.Each man and women black or white on the bus, was willing to give up their lifefor the ultimate cause.
COMMUNICATING THE MESSAGE TextTo fully show the message, Nelson showed the true happenings in the south. Fromexplaining police chief Tom Cook in the situation and how he only created mobsinstead of breaking them up as he said he would do. Cook, a member of theKKK also created mobs to meet the riders in other parts of the town.Another large part of this scenario is Bull Connor, who was the policecommissioner and extreme racist.
Another way Nelsons Message is communicated is byshowing the actual pictures and video of violence nomatter how graphic. The picture above is of JimZwerg, a white member of the Freedom rides who wasbeaten badly in Montgomery. Zwerg continued therides even with his injuries
HOW DID STANLEY NELSON WANT THE AUDIENCE TO RESPOND?I feel stanley Nelson wanted the audience to respondwith a new understanding of what exactly the freedomrides were, other then just some people getting on abus to start trouble.Stanley wanted to give people an easier way tounderstand just how big of a deal these rides were andhow they should not be overlooked and removed assome history is.I feel that Stanley wants the audience to realize thatthe freedom riders were heroes in every sense andwere willing to give up their lives for the cause, just asheroes would.
EXPLANATION OF THE SOURCES Text Text Text Text The resources that were used in the ﬁlm were mainly interviews from actual Freedom Riders The sources were just memories that the riders were recalling from there time on the bus and the different situations they were in.Text Text Text Text
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONWHAT ARE THE ROLES OF THESE INDIVIDUALS IN THE MODERN WORLD? TextI feel that the roles of the Freedom riders in the modern world is to spread thereknowledge of what happened to them and what they saw.The role of the Freedom Riders in the modern world should be to explain howthey felt and how they dealt with situations. There role is to explain what they didto be heroes and teach others why they did it, to explain the motivation they had.
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONIS THE TRUTH DEPENDENT UPON PLACE, CULTURE AND TIME?I do not think in the Freedom Riders situation thetruth is dependent upon place, culture and time. Thetruth in this case is the same everywhere. The violencein the south was happening and it was wrong. Theretruly were mobs that were out to kill innocent peoplejust because of their beliefs and skin colorThe truth is that the freedom rides did make adifference, and it was during a time when the policewere also the ones who were the racist as well as theinstigators of some of the most violent mobs.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION HOW HAVE THESE CHOICES HAD A LOCAL IMPACTThe idea of a Freedom ride has been very large newssince it happened. The Rides led to more awareness aswell as a message of “ There will be no giving up”.The freedom rides had a huge impact locally in theU.S. Globally there was not as much of an impact, yetit still inﬂuenced the end to segregation in many ways.
QUESTIONS AFTER SEEING DOCUMENTARY TextWhat consequences did Bull Connor as well as any person who organized mobsreceive?Have there been any freedom rides since the ones that happened during the1960’sDid MLK jr. loose much support for refusing to be involved in the freedom rides?
CONCLUSION TextThe Freedom Rides were both courageous and useful for spreading awareness.This documentary was both entertaining and shed light on racism in the souththat still exist to this day.This documentary highlights the heroics of ordinary people who knew they hadto make a difference and battled powerful people and all odds to ﬁnish there rides,while spreading there message along the way