"Riding the Freedom Road: Are We There Yet?" Panel Discussion Audio


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The UWM Libraries hosted a national traveling exhibition, "Freedom Riders," which focused on an important chapter in the nation's struggle for civil rights: the effort by more than 400 Americans to challenge segregated travel in the South during a six-month period in 1961.

The exhibition is a companion to the May 2011 MPTV/PBS broadcast of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film Freedom Riders, directed by Stanley Nelson.

In conjucntion with the exhibit, "Riding the Freedom Road: Are We There Yet?," a panel discussion on national and local civil rights efforts from the 1960s to the present, was held on Feb. 1 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library's fourth floor Conference Center.

Robert Smith, Associate Professor, UWM Dept. of History, was moderator; the panelists were Tryone Dumas, MPS Contract Compliance Officer; Patricia Parker, Curriculum and Instruction manager in the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development program, UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare; and Judge Russell W. Stamper, Sr., Milwaukee County Circuit Court (Reserve). The discussion was sponsored by the Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library.

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