As part of its progressive program of documentaries to celebrate Black History Month, PBS is presenting a rerun of Freedom Riders, filmmaker Stanley Nelson's brilliant compilation documentary about the extraordinary group of civil rights activists -- black and white -- who banned together to integrate public transportation in the South during 1961.
Seeing the violence with which they were greeted by Southern racists is a compelling reminder of their heroism and determination, and an important lesson for all who did not witness the events for themselves. In short, this film is a must see -- during Black History Month, and any other month -- and PBS's presentation on February 7, 2012 is a great opportunity for viewers to judge for themselves how the Freedom Riders' actions forwarded the cause of equality in the United States. This is a must-see.
For more documentaries to watch during Black History Month, see my list of recommendations.