American Experience

The Pioneers: A Short Film from Freedom Riders

Clip: Season 23 Episode 11 | 3m 4s

In April 1947 sixteen men - eight black and eight white - boarded a bus in Washington, DC to test compliance with a recent Supreme Court ruling that outlawed segregation on interstate bus travel. Their effort blazed a trail for the Freedom Riders who followed in their footsteps nearly fifteen years later.

Aired: 11/28/10

Rating: NR

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