March 18 2013 12:00 AM

Event features documentary screening and discussion with civil rights movement veteran


Wednesday, May 4 — Fifty years ago today, the Freedom Riders boarded two buses and began their journey to challenge the segregation that still existed in the South. Tonight, WKAR-TV and Michigan State University's College of Arts and Sciences presents a free screening of the "American Experience" documentary "Freedom Riders" at 7 p.m. in WKAR's Studio A in the MSU Communication Arts and Sciences Building.

The film will be followed by a discussion with civil rights movement veteran William G. Anderson and a reception to honor MSU junior Erica Shekell, who will participate in the 2011 Student Freedom Ride, which will retrace the original trip from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans. Shekell plans to chronicle her trip through social media and video posts, beginning May 6.

To reserve seats for the screening and discussion, visit

"Freedom Riders" will be shown on WKAR-TV at 9 p.m. May 16. For more information on the film, visit the "American Experience" website.