Monday, January 31, 2011

Freedom Riders Webcast

Freedom Riders National Youth Summit Webcast

The Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with American Experience are offering a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to learn from actual history makers about the 1961 Freedom Rides. On Wednesday February 9, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. (EST) a webcast will join live audiences from six cities around the country (Birmingham, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, LA, and Dearborn, MI) to engage students in conversation with scholars, public historians, and most importantly, one another. Summit panelists will include award winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson along with four original Freedom Riders; veteran Congressman John Lewis, Diane Nash, Reverend James Lawson, and Jim Zwerg.

Encourage local educators in your community to reserve a virtual seat for their class by registering here. This webcast will also be archived for future reference.

Freedom Riders Educator Resources - Coming soon!
American Experience has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves to create comprehensive Freedom Riders curriculum materials for high school teachers and students. These resources can also be adapted for middle school and college curriculums and will be available mid-February.

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