Why Was Race Separation Worth Breaking The Law?

It seems that more and more often both children and adults in America lack a gratefulness and appreciation for the freedom’s we experience. Our freedom to vote, our freedom to say what we want and our freedom to worship where and how we want has come at a cost to many wonderful people. They have sacrificed their own time, dreams and sometimes even their lives so we can continue living in the best country in the world. We must educate each other about the past and be passionate about freedom so we don’t lose this valuable asset. Education can come through many different venues. Magazines, books, television, Directv offers, movies and curriculum must be shared, spread and designed to impact people’s lives. They must know what has happened before in order to embrace where we are at today and where are want to go tomorrow. Children must see this passion around them and follow role models, who don’t just live for themselves but rather use their fame and influence to utilize the freedoms we’ve been given to impact the world. It is exciting to know there are people who care about freedom and want to educate and live out this amazing gift to better other people’s lives.

Is There A Sequel to Freedom Riders?

Freedom Riders was an extremely popular film that was released on home video in 2009 to a significant amount of critical acclaim. Millions of copies of the film were sold once it was finally released for consumer purchase, and this got movie studios talking about the possibility of filming a sequel. Unfortunately, it does not seem that this has happened yet. Consumers can rest assured that the film’s producers and director are probably still negotiating the terms of a new Continue Reading…

Like Freedom Riders? Check out more civil rights movies.

Movies are often made to be eye-opening and inspiring, especially when viewers can relate to them. Civil rights protect people from discrimination, whether it is based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. Even today, there are groups of people fighting for civil rights all over the world. Many movies surrounding these issues are still relevant today.

In addition to Freedom Riders, many memorable movies have been made about civil rights. See these movies and more with www.directstartv.com.

The civil rights movement, which promoted equality for all races, began in the 1950s. The civil resistance and change has been captured in several films. One such movie was 1990′s The Long Walk Home, which covered the struggle of one black woman and one white woman during the 1955 bus boycott led by Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1988, the controversial film Mississippi Burning showed the harsh realities faced by civil rights activists and the FBI agents who investigated their disappearances. One classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, followed the struggles of a southern lawyer defending a black man against a false rape charge from the perspective of his children. In 2005, a controversial documentary called The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till was released about the murder of a young black man who was murdered in the 1950s for whistling at a white woman.

Gender and sexual orientation also play a role in civil rights films. In the Julia Roberts film Erin Brockovich, a female lawyer leads a legal fight against a corporation contaminating water. It also relates to the issue of gender discrimination, as Erin is a woman who does not conform to expectations. In the 2008 film Milk, Sean Penn portrays the first openly gay person elected to a California office.

When it comes to the issue of civil rights, many films are still considered quite controversial. Still, each of these films seeks to uncover ideas once hidden by the status quo.

Learning About Civil Rights On Screen Or In Life?

As we all are aware Hollywood has its way of romanticizing just about everything, it is after all trying to entertain an audience. Learning of the Civil Rights Movement in movies has its pros and cons. While viewers can learn of important figures and get a sense of the turmoil of the day, the truth of such a topic may be better left to skilled historians and research.

The issues of The Civil Rights Movement had the nation Continue Reading…

Are Civil Rights Movies Right For Your Teen?

Many parents are overly protective of their children and wish to keep them away from many influences that could affect them negatively. However, there is a point at which a parent can take this too far. By limiting a child’s ability to watch historical Movies like Freedom Riders, they are potentially limiting a child’s knowledge.

In Freedom Riders, a major theme is how the characters deal with the civil rights movement. Since almost anyone defined as a “child” today was not alive during this time, it is very important that they get Continue Reading…

What Would You Do If You Were Enslaved?

The question of my being enslaved in the U.S. during the African slave trade is one I have asked myself. I have heard countless accounts of my peers making comments such as, I would never be enslaved, or no one could have made me do this or that, or nobody would have beat me, or I would have run away and never been caught.

My answer however, is a resounding; I do not know what I would have done. I would like to Continue Reading…

What Film Was Made By Stanley Nelson?

The point of view from behind the camera as seen by a filmmaker can be most powerful. Stanley Nelson is making his mark as a director and a producer in the documentary film industry. With titles, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006) and The Murder of Emmett Till (2003) Nelson is bringing attention to iconic controversial events in U.S. History. His film Freedom Riders (2010) premiered at Sundance and is the first feature to account the events of Continue Reading…

How Do We Teach About Freedom in America?

It seems that more and more often both children and adults in America lack a gratefulness and appreciation for the freedom’s we experience. Our freedom to vote, our freedom to say what we want and our freedom to worship where and how we want has come at a cost to many wonderful people. They have sacrificed their own time, dreams and sometimes even their lives so we can continue living in the best country in the world. We must educate each other about the past and be passionate about freedom so we don’t lose this Continue Reading…