Department of Pan-African Studies to Show and Discuss Documentary Film Free to Ride

Room 250, Ritchie Hall

Kent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies will hold a public screening of the documentary Free to Ride on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. in Ritchie Hall, Room 250 on the Kent Campus.

Following the film, 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, who also serves as director of strategic communications for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. The Collective Action Workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be facilitated by DaMareo Cooper, lead organizer of Ohio Organizing Collaborative and a Kent State alumnus. This event is free and open to the public. A reception with light refreshments will be held at 5 p.m.       

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 the booming neighboring suburb of Beavercreek. The group claims that the Beavercreek administration does not want buses in their community in fear of what public buses bring into their community. This clash between neighbors captures the attention of and intervention from the federal government. 

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

View Free to Ride trailer