Civil Rights activist Bob Zellner joins ‘Conversations from Penn State’

University Park, Pa. – Freedom Rider and civil rights activist Bob Zellner discusses his involvement in 1964’s Freedom Summer and his lifelong dedication to the fight for social change and equality on the next episode of WPSU-TV’s "Conversations from Penn State."

"Conversations from Penn State: A Freedom Rider Remembers" will air at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, on WPSU-TV. The show can also be viewed at

WPSU host Patty Satalia will talk with Zellner about his childhood in the south, where he was raised the son and grandson of Ku Klux Klansmen, to his adulthood spent fighting racism and inequality. 

Zellner obtained his doctorate in history, with a focus on the Southern civil rights movement, from Tulane University where he also taught. Zellner’s memoir, "The Wrong Side of Murder Creek, A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement," was published in 2008.

"Conversations from Penn State," with Satalia at the helm, offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field, drawing national and worldwide attention. 

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Last Updated February 26, 2014