Come see "Free to Ride" February 23, 2017 @ 6 p.m. in Oscar Ritchie
"Free to Ride" viewing in Oscar Ritchie Hall

Transportation justice is the focus of event in the Department of Pan-African Studies

Documentary explores the unintended consequences of social class and highway legislation


The Department of Pan-African Studies will hold a public viewing of the documentary “Free to Ride”, Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. in room 250 Oscar Ritchie Hall located on Kent State University campus.

Following the film showing there will be a talk-back and collective action workshop.  The talk-back begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by the director of the film, Jamaal Bell. The Collective Action Workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be facilitated by DaMareo Cooper, lead organizer of Ohio Organizing Collaborative and Kent State Alumus.  This event is free and open to the public.  A reception will be held at 5 p.m. light refreshments will be served.    

“Free to Ride” follows a community group in Dayton, Ohio and their four-year struggle to gain access to jobs and education by bus to a booming neighboring suburb of Beavercreek. The Beavercreek administration doesn’t want buses in their community in fear of what public buses bring into their community. What are these fears and why block buses? This clash between neighbors captures the attention and intervention from federal government.” 

“This is a story about a community that took action to correct an injustice from its past. As regions have expanded along interstate highways, the socioeconomic impacts have not been random. These events could have taken place in any city, because every city has a history of decision making that supported some while abandoning others. This is a story about what racism looks like in 21st Century America—subtle, structural, coded, unconscious...invisible.”
 Learn more about the film "Free to Ride" and Kirwan Institute 

Established in 2003, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, is an interdisciplinary engaged research institute at The Ohio State University, whose aim is to connect individuals and communities with opportunities needed for thriving by educating the public, building the capacity of allied social justice organization, and investing in efforts that support equity and inclusion.  



POSTED: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 2:51pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 6:13pm