Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Freedom Riders of the 1960s "Finish the Ride" at Ashé

Be a part of New Orleans Civil Rights History when surviving Freedom Riders arrive at Ashé Cultural Arts Center to "Finish The Ride."

May 16, 2011, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Street Fest:  5:00 p.m. | 1700 block of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Arrival and Reception:  6:00 p.m. | 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Screening of Film:  8:00 p.m. | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Free and Open to the Public

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. The trip was intended to end in New Orleans, LA, but was cut short of the goal in Jackson, MS due to violence.  On Monday, May 16th, you can be a part of local civil rights history as the original Freedom Riders pick up where history left off and...FINISH THE RIDE!  The public is invited to join in this special 50th anniversary event celebrating the end of the 2011 Student Freedom Bus Ride, and  welcoming the original Freedom Riders to New Orleans -- as originally intended in 1961.

WYES, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, The Louisiana Weekly, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center want you to line the streets outside Ashé at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard to welcome the remaining Riders and help celebrate them at a reception followed by the screening of a the film marking the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.  Local Freedom Fighters are expected to join in the celebration.  You can also catch them on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday, May 4.  Check your local listings.

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