College students to accompany Freedom Riders for 50th anniversary trip as part of outreach

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American Experience’s “Freedom Riders” doc is giving 40 college students the chance to ride along with the civil rights activists on the route of their famous 1961 trip. Students will be on board May 6-16, 2011, the 50th anniversary of the freedom rides (background from the Civil Rights Movement Veterans). The trip is the centerpiece of the unique outreach for the series, airing that month. College students may apply here.

UPDATE: Also, don’t miss the National Center for Media Engagement/WGBH webinar Nov. 10 on the Freedom Riders outreach; more here. NCME says it’s streaming the entire program for station staff to preview leading up to as well as after the webinar.