Mad River Theater Works
Recommended for Grades 3-8: American History, Civil Rights, Culture and Community, Music
Set in 1961, fifteen years after segregation was outlawed, 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, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines purposefully disregarding the hateful practices that were still commonplace. These unforgettable heroes and the facts behind the events portrayed are essential to a full understanding of the civil rights era and American history.