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  1. 1. Multi Media Presentation for Freedom Riders By: Alex Sarr
  2. 2. Name: Freedom Riders Director: Stanley Nelson Length: 113 minutes In 1961, more than 400 black and White Americans challenged racial segregation in the south by the simple act of traveling together on buses. The movie details the horrors of their travels and shows the significance the eight month journey had on the United States.
  3. 3. Stanley Nelson effectively uses interviews with riders, journalists, witnesses, and government officials as well as footage to convey his central message.
  4. 4. These sources convey his central message that racial segregation inracial segregation in the south needed to changethe south needed to change and that these 400 black and white Americans were willing to dowilling to do anythinganything to change segregation.
  5. 5. The graphic footage used in “Freedom Riders” allowed the audience to understand how difficult traveling was for these 400 Americans. The movie shows clips of beatings, burnings, and riots against the riders that help the audience understand the danger that these riders faced.
  6. 6. In addition, the interviews with riders, journalists, and government officials allowed the audience to understand many different perspectives of this event. The riders offered an in depth understanding of how they felt about the rides, actions against them, and the government’s involvement.
  7. 7. Journalists give in-depth analyses of the actions committed against the riders. This provided the audience with multiple perspectives on the topic, from the beatings by Bull Connor, the lack of government support and the burning of the buses.
  8. 8. The interviews of the government officials allowed insight into the government’s reactions and handling of the rides. The officials were able to explain their actions and give the audience a deeper understanding of the lack of involvement by the government into segments of the rides.
  9. 9. Through Stanley Nelson’s use of different sources he was able to effectively induce the feeling of remorse for the freedom riders and anger against the white supremacists who induced so much pain on the them. In addition, he was able to effectively communicate his central message that segregation in the south needed to change.
  10. 10. While the film was very successful in conveying its message, it left some questions unanswered. - Why did some blacks view the freedom rides as a radical movement? - What was the view of the freedom riders of the authority figures in the White House? - Why was Kennedy so opposed to the civil rights topic?
  11. 11. Is truth dependent upon place, culture, and time? The south believed that blacks were an inferior race and should not be allowed to experience the same rights as whites. However, the north believed that blacks deserve some rights that whites enjoyed. This dichotomy illustrates how depending on the culture you are brought up in and the place you live causes the truth to change.
  12. 12. In an attempt to change segregation in the south, these 400 Americans were willing to risk everything. They put their own personal safety on the line in order to fight for what they believed was right. History has shown many case of acts like this, but for every group that chooses to act , there are people who remained silent.
  13. 13. Which raises the question, would you choose to stand up forwould you choose to stand up for what is right or would you sit bywhat is right or would you sit by and remain silent?and remain silent?