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Freedom Riders

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Friday, March 4 at 10:00 AM
Smith Opera House
Lyons National Bank

Freedom Riders is the latest addition to the canon of American history plays by Mad River Theater Works. It explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the  most critical chapters in the history of the civil rights movement. The play demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protest was used to combat the  cruelties of segregation. Set in 1961, fifteen years after the United States Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the south still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens.  The freedom riders, both black and white Americans, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines purposefully disregarding the hateful segregation practices that were still commonplace in so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes and the facts behind the events portrayed in Freedom Riders are essential to a full understanding of the civil rights era and American history.

Tickets:$6.50
Runtime:55 Minutes