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News | January 26, 2011

National Youth Summit: The 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides

 

National Youth Summit: The 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides

Live Webcast for middle and high school students
Wednesday, February 9, 12:00-1:15PM EST
Free registration is required.

Join the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 for a National Youth Summit on the Freedom Rides and activism. Freedom Rides veterans Congressman John Lewis, D-GA, Diane Nash, Jim Zwerg, and Reverend James Lawson will share how they became involved in the Freedom Rides and how their lives were affected by them. They will join filmmaker Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders) and scholar Raymond Arsenault to discuss the meaning of the Freedom Rides and the role of young people in shaping America’s past and future.

Students will be encouraged to participate in the discussion through email (nmahweb@si.edu), Facebook, Twitter, and the conference portal, and will be asked to think about themselves as makers of history.

Registration is free, and will include access to preparatory classroom materials, film clips, follow-up materials, and technical assistance. Register today at http://smithsonianconference.org/freedomrides/!

For more information about the Freedom Rides and events offered by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities click, here.

Are you part of the Thinkfinity Community? Visit the History Explorers group and learn what other history enthusiasts are discussing or follow the discussion about the Freedom Riders Anniversary.

The National Youth Summit is presented by the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations and American Experience/WGBH.