In 2006, 45 years later, Raymond Arsenault was the first historian to write a comprehensive book about the movement: Freedom Riders
. Raymond says this is a story that needed to be told. "When I began work on the book about 13 years ago, I wasn't sure that anybody could do full justice to the Freedom Riders' story," Raymond says. "But I had to try. Just the dramatic power of what they accomplished back in 1961."
Read an excerpt from Freedom Riders
"Everybody who dared to get on those buses is a hero and a heroine," Oprah says.
"That's really the story of the Freedom Rides to me," Raymond says.
Stanley Nelson is the filmmaker who wrote, directed and produced the documentary Freedom Riders
, which premieres May 16, 2011, on PBS. "The Freedom Riders were a group of young people that set out at great personal risk to make a change, and they did it," Stanley says. "There were forces all lined up against them, but they didn't let anything stop them."
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