Documentary Premiere: "Free to Ride" / Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
March 1, 2017 - 5:30pm

Experience the Columbus premiere of the film “Free to Ride”, a documentary produced by The Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute that seeks to address the question of whether or not public transportation is a civil rights issue. The screening is free and open to the public, and will take place in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1.

This powerful new documentary highlights the struggle by Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton (LEAD) with the help of their lawyers at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) on behalf of Dayton residents to gain access to jobs and education by bus to the neighboring suburb of Beavercreek. This clash between neighbors and the issues it raised are reminiscent of resistance faced by advocates and developers of affordable housing in communities across the country and this important film imparts important lessons for all of us. 

"Free to Ride" will be introduced by Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Senior Researcher Matthew Martin, who produced the film, the Institute's Director of Communications Jamaal Bell and Jason Reece, an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Panning at the Knowlton School and, formerly, Senior Associate Director of the Kirwan Institute.

A question and answer session will take place after the screening.