Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 6, 2014

Freedom Riders Program

Last night the St. Helena Branch of the Beaufort County Library system, along with Penn Center, Inc., hosted a showing of the documentary film, Freedom Riders.  Following the film one the original freedom riders from the documentary, Mr. Dave Dennis, was the featured speaker.

The program was extremely interesting and well attended.  I was glad my family, especially my children were in attendance. Mr. Dennis shared his personal experiences in the movement and told many behind the scenes extra bits that helped the audience gain a fuller understanding or a clearer picture of the events surrounding the freedom rides. 

The highlight of the evening for me was listening to my children’s lively discussion of the program.  I was amazed at their enthusiasm toward the speaker and his responses during the Q&A portion of then program when the focus moved to present day inequalities in education. There is more to ‘overcome’!

I’m thankful for the opportunity we have to home educate our children, three if whom are graduates of our home school.  Of those three children, two are college graduates, and currently working toward a degree.  We also have one presently graduate school. Sometimes in order to ‘overcome’ we have to seek alternate routes to achieve our goal. 

Special thanks to program sponsors St. Helena Branch Library, Penn Center, Inc., and South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC. The film is a project by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information and view the film visit the Created Equal webpage,

The film is based in part on the book, Freedom Riders by Raymond Arsenault.


Book display for the program.


            Mr. Dave Dennis




  Mingling after the program


               Dave Dennis

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