Freedom Riders - Student Matinee

Grades 3-8 / 60 Minutes

The EKU Center for the Arts is pleased to offer educators and their students seats at NO COST to Freedom Riders thanks in part to generous funding by Ernest Matt House and Kim Ryser-House, an anonymous EKU alumnus, and the Friends of the Center. Make Your Reservation Online. LIMITED TICKETS - Priority seating to schiools which have purchased tickets to Student Matinee Performances in the 2017/18 Season.

FREEDOM RIDERS is the latest American History play to come from Mad River Theater Works. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

Set in 1961, fifteen years after the United States Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, both black and white Americans, from the North and the South, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes, and the facts behind the events portrayed in Freedom Riders, are essential to a full understanding of the Civil Rights era and American history.

Curriculum Connections: History, Music, Performing and Visual Arts


Freedom Riders Study Guide

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