On May 4, 1961, an integrated group of 13 "Freedom Riders" left Washington, D.C. on a peaceful mission to protest racial segregation on interstate travel. When the two buses arrived in Anniston, Alabama on Mother’s Day, May 14, a cruel and evil history was waiting to unfold. The Fire in Anniston – A Freedom Riders Story is a compelling historical account of social injustice, the fight for equal rights, and the reckoning of a small southern town that wanted the cruelty to end. Little did they know, but the bravery of those young 13 visionaries kick-started a movement that was seen and heard all over the world.
FIRE IN ANNISTON goes beyond the details of the May 14 attack to explore day-to-day life in racially segregated Alabama, recounted in interviews with a number of city residents. It also provides background on the civil rights movement, why the Freedom Rides were organized, and the legacy of the Anniston attack.