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VEGAS PBS AND MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL HOST PREVIEW OF FREEDOM RIDERS DOCUMENTARY AND CIVIL RIGHTS DISCUSSION WITH CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS APRIL 29 AT THE MIRAGE

Tweet it: Join @VegasPBS and MGM Resorts 4 civil rights discussion with @RepJohnLewis @TheMirageLV Apr 29: VegasPBS.org/Freedom

Las Vegas, NV (Apr. 5, 2011) – Vegas PBS and MGM Resorts International will host a preview of Freedom Riders, an original American Experience documentary followed by a live discussion with original Freedom Rider and Congressman John Lewis (GA) on Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. at The Mirage Resort.

Freedom Riders is the inspirational story of six months in 1961, where more than 400 black and white Americans endured beatings, imprisonment and ridicule for simply traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South. Challenging Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders faced violence, resistance and racism as they tried to make a statement against inequality. After several burnings of "Freedom Rider" buses, riots and mobs, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued its order to end segregation in bus and rail stations on September 22, 1961.

The special two-hour event is open to the public and will feature an exclusive preview of the Freedom Riders documentary followed by a question and answer session with Congressman John Lewis, an original Freedom Rider.

Seating is limited for this free event and reservations must be made in advance at VegasPBS.org/freedom or by calling 799-1010 ext. 5361 through April 25. Those interested in submitting questions to Congressman Lewis about the Freedom Riders movement as well as civil rights can do so by visiting the Vegas PBS Facebook page.

The event is sponsored by MGM Resorts International and McDonald’s. Freedom Riders premieres on Vegas PBS on May 16, 2011.

About Vegas PBS
For more than 43 years, Vegas PBS has provided Southern Nevada with high quality, commercial-free television and cable programming, online media, and media delivery technology. Vegas PBS provides broadcast TV and cable over seven channels with an additional six educational channels provided directly to school classrooms. Vegas PBS local productions include Nevada Week in Review, Inside Education, Recession Rx, Outdoor Nevada, Homework Hotline, Varsity Quiz, Remembering the Holocaust: Las Vegas Survivors Tell Their Stories, Building Vegas GREENer, Fit Kids/Active Families, School Matters, Capitol Issues, and election debates. Visit www.VegasPBS.org for additional information and programming highlights. Follow Vegas PBS on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and updates.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands. Corporate responsibility is embraced in the Company’s industry-leading Diversity Initiative, which provides opportunities in employment, purchasing and construction to minorities, women and disadvantaged enterprises. The Company is also committed to providing financial and volunteer support to nonprofit agencies in the communities where it operates and where its employees live, work and care for their families.

Media Contacts:

Brad Seidel / Devin Daniel
Kirvin Doak Communications
(702) 737-3100
or
bseidel@kirvindoak.com / ddaniel@kirvindoak.com

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