Rise Up

September 17, 2019
October 20, 2019
How can we use the past to shape the future?

Rise Up
The Struggle of the Freedom Riders

by Lisa Evans
Directed by Jeff Church

Told from a modern-day perspective, four performers in 2019 tell the stories of the Freedom Riders – principled citizens riding buses across Alabama and Mississippi in 1961.

The tide was turning – though many states in the South disagreed. It would soon be illegal to segregate black Americans on public buses, in waiting rooms, or in restaurants. And yet, in the early 1960s, some cities and towns in America kept actively discriminating. It was time to draw attention to illegal discrimination, and face terrifying violence with peaceful resistance.

This is a story of everyday people becoming a civil rights movement, taking on the establishment and changing the world. What does it mean for people to come together and rise up? And what do we think about segregation in relation to the present?


Length:  70 minutes


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Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: Rise Up by Michelle Julmisse.