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Freedom Riders documentary to be part of MLK Day events

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s annual celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday includes a documentary screening Jan. 18.

Selections from Freedom Riders will be shown at 3 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus.

The documentary looks at the mob attacks in the South on black and white volunteers who, in the summer of 1961, sought to integrate interstate transportation.

Following the film screening, there will be an open discussion with Dr. Gretchen Eick, Friends University retired professor of history, and Dr. Galyn Vesey, project director for Research on Black Wichita.

Vesey participated in the 1958 Dockum Drugstore sit-in in Wichita and will share his reflections on this important era in the Civil Rights movement.

The film screening and discussion are made possible through the “Created Equal Film Series,” funded by the Bridging Cultures Initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Local partners for “Created Equal” are Kauffman Museum, the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), the Bethel College Library, the Mennonite Library and Archives and the Newton Public Library.

The film and discussion are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kauffman Museum at 316-283-1612.

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