Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Children's Defense Fund Wants You to Turn On Your TV. Read Why.

Please join Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund for a free special celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Learn more about the historic movement that changed America forever. Get inspired and motivated by meeting some of the extraordinary Freedom Rider heroes who changed our world.

Fifty years ago, the Freedom Riders—more than 400 Black and White mostly young people—risked their lives and freedom to face down segregation in the Deep South. A powerful new Stanley Nelson film, “Freedom Riders,” chronicles their bold and dangerous journey riding commercial buses into Alabama and Mississippi and challenging Jim Crow, while facing angry mobs, terrible beatings, fire bombings and imprisonment. Here’s a sneak preview:

What: Join Civil Rights leader and Children’s Defense Fund’s president Marian Wright Edelman for a “Watch Party”. Be inspired by her call to action, and by the words and music of Freedom Riders and Freedom Singers at this special event we will stream live online over the web. Together we will then watch the world premiere of “Freedom Riders” presented by American Experience on PBS. After the film participate in a live question and answer session with Freedom Riders moderated by Marian Wright Edelman.
When: Monday May 16th from 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. EST

Where: Your home (wherever you are) by joining us online, Click here to sign-up to have a Watch Party!
Sign-up to have your own Watch Party today! Host at home, in school or in church. Invite your friends, families and congregations to share in this rich educational and inspirational experience. We will provide you all the materials you need to organize your own Watch Party including a sample invitation for you to email to your contacts and background on the Freedom Riders you can give to your guests.
The Children’s Defense Fund grew out of the civil rights movement under the leadership of Marian Wright Edelman. Today, CDF is a strong, effective, independent voice for all children.
Click here to have a Watch Party on May 16 for “Freedom Riders” and inspire your community to stand up for the rights of all children. Stay tuned for more information.

- Children's Defense Fund

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