Meet the Freedom Riders at the Michener Art Museum June 2

DOYLESTOWN, PA –America is a land of immigrants. American artists of African, Arab, European, Asian, Latino and Native American descent explore their heritage in Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, on view at the Michener Art Museum through July 7, 2013. The special exhibition is a rich and reflective blend of works by 39 artists who represent the vast cultural blend of immigrants making up modern American society. Their works evoke a variety of emotions and raise questions about race, gender, religion, history, politics and family.

Sungho Choi, Model for "My America," 1993. Mixed media on wood. © D. James Dee.

Sungho Choi, Model for “My America,” 1993. Mixed media on wood. © D. James Dee.

Meet the Freedom Riders on Sunday, June 2, 3 to 4:30 pm, holds a mirror to America and reflects on the work of those who put their lives at risk so that African Americans could fully participate in American life. Attendees will hear about a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who, in 1961, challenged segregation in the American South.

Inspired by the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation, the civil rights activists rode segregated buses into the American South to challenge non-enforcement of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled segregated buses were unconstitutional. The Southern states had ignored the ruling and the federal government did nothing to enforce them. The Freedom Rides, and the violent reactions they provoked, bolstered the credibility of the American Civil Rights Movement. They called national attention to the disregard for the federal law and the local violence used to enforce segregation in the southern United States. Police arrested riders for trespassing, unlawful assembly, and violating state and local Jim Crow laws, along with other alleged offenses, but they often first let white mobs attack them without intervention.

The Michener Art Museum welcomes four of these courageous individuals to present their stories. Knowing that others had perished standing their ground for human rights, Terry Hickerson, Lew Zuchman, Luvaghn Brown and Stu Wechsler willingly placed themselves in harms way to ensure the ability of all Americans to enjoy the liberties spelled out in America’s original founding document, the Declaration of Independence.

This program has been supported in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Federal-State Partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support comes from friends of the museum.

Meet the Freedom Riders is free with museum admission. Seating is limited; advance registration strongly recommended. Please call 215-340-9800 to reserve tickets.

The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, Pa. Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission: Members and children under 6, free; adults $15; seniors $13; college student with valid ID $11; ages 6-18 $7.50; under 6 free. For more information, visit or call 215-340-9800.

Annual support for the Michener Art Museum is provided by the Bucks County Commissioners and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.