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Freedom Riders reunited after 50 years

Posted on 03 May 2011

Isn't it amazing how a few determined people can help change the course of history? It's not often public broadcasting gets a mention on network television, but when the subject is something as influential as the original 1961 Freedom Rides, all bets are off.

This Wednesday, May 4, at 4 p.m., the original Freedom Riders will be reunited on "Oprah" after 50 years. The 2011 Student Freedom Riders, including Arkansas's own Samantha Williams, will also be on the show.

So, while it's not often we at AETN suggest you watch programs outside of public broadcasting, this is truly an exceptional circumstance. Tune in to "Oprah" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4 for a personal look into the determination of an extremely brave group of people willing to risk their lives for equality.

Visit aetn.org/freedomriders to follow Samantha on her journey retracing the 1961 Freedom Rides, as well as helpful teacher resources and more information!

"American Experience: Freedom Riders" premieres May 16, at 8 p.m.

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