Shalom Life | April 23, 2014

Oprah to Honour Freedom Riders, Including a Rabbi

Oprah dedicates one of her final shows to the Freedom Riders.

By: Sarah Bauder

Published: April 30th, 2011 in Culture » TV » News

Oprah to Honour Freedom Riders, Including a Rabbi

Next week, Oprah Winfrey will dedicate an entire show to the 50th anniversary of Freedom Rides—brave men and women who boarded buses, and rode through the American Deep South in defiance of status quo segregation laws. One of the honoured Freedom Riders on the show will be Rabbi Philip Posner.

An ardent social and civil rights activist, Posner joined the 1961 Freedom Rides, travelling throughout Mississippi. In May 1961, the Rabbi and many fellow activists were unjustly arrested—Posner spent 39 days in Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Farm state prison.

Actions of the Freedom Riders in the spring and summer of 1961 left an indelible mark on the American psyche. Although they faced brutal mob violence (including KKK retaliation) throughout the South, the group’s resolve was galvanized and unwavering.

The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C. on May 4, 1961, with seven African Americans and six Caucasians traveling in two buses. The Riders met little resistance until reaching South Carolina, where two activists were injured by a mob of locals. This was merely a precursor of violence to come. Upon arrival in Alabama, one of the buses was firebombed by a rabid mob, yet miraculously there was no loss of life. The Rides gained international attention, and placed the focus squarely on American social injustice.

Oprah’s show honouring the Freedom Riders, including Rabbi Posner, will air on May 4th, to commemorate the first Ride.

Mural, Mural on the Wall Brings Animations to Life for Your Children Mural, Mural on the Wall Brings Animations to Life for Your Children TrendingKaty Perry Impersonates Unfunny Rabbi in ‘Birthday’ Music Video [VIDEO] Katy Perry Impersonates Unfunny Rabbi in ‘Birthday’ Music Video [VIDEO] TrendingDrake to Join Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar at iHeart Radio Music Awards Drake to Join Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar at iHeart Radio Music Awards Trending
 

Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel Slated for ‘The Driftless Area’

April 23, 2014 | By Sarah Bauder
Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel Slated for ‘The Driftless Area’

The film will also star John Hawkes, Ciaran Hinds, and Alia Shawkat.

Read More

Sarah Silverman Apologizes in Advance For Swastika Doodle

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Sarah Silverman Apologizes in Advance For Swastika Doodle

The controversial comedian posted a doodle she drew of a swastika to her Twitter feed.

Read More

Andy Samberg to Return to ‘SNL’ as Host

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Andy Samberg to Return to ‘SNL’ as Host

The 'Saturday Night Live' alum will be hosting on May 17th.

Read More

Drake Lint Rolls His Pants During Raptors Playoff Game [VIDEO]

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Drake Lint Rolls His Pants During Raptors Playoff Game [VIDEO]

The Raptors global brand ambassador wanted to ensure he looked his best while his team beat the Brooklyn Nets

Read More

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Baby Frankie

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman Welcome Baby Frankie

The actress announced the birth of another happy baby girl on Tuesday.

Read More

Mel Brooks to Star in Autobiographical One-Man Show

April 23, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Mel Brooks to Star in Autobiographical One-Man Show

The 87-year old actor/director is planning a solo show in Los Angeles for one-night only.

Read More

Travel Back in Time with Google Street View

April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Travel Back in Time with Google Street View

Google's latest feature allows you to scroll through past Street view photos, whether in New York, Toronto, or Singapore

Read More

Biden Denounces anti-Semitic Attacks in Ukraine as More Jewish Sites are Vandalized

April 23, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Biden Denounces anti-Semitic Attacks in Ukraine as More Jewish Sites are Vandalized

The U.S. Vice President, currently in the politically unstable region, said there is 'no place' for the attacks on its Jewish community

Read More

More Headlines