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The recreation of the 1961 Freedom Riders won't face the dangers of the original.

OnMedia: Recreating the freedom ride

Two Milwaukee college students have been chosen to take part in a recreation of the 1961 Freedom Ride.

Milwaukee Public TV says Maricela Aguilar of Marquette University's Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, and Alicia Skeeter, a UW-Milwaukee education policy and community studies major, will be among the 40 students from around the country retracing the steps of the original campaign against segregation.

You'll be able to follow their journey via the Internet.

It's part of PBS' "outreach" program for its "American Experience" documentary, "Freedom Riders," which premieres May 16 at 8 p.m. on Channel 10. A local companion show, "Freedom Walkers for Milwaukee," will air at 6:30 that evening on Channel 10.

The Big Unit resurfaces: After leaving WTMJ-AM (620), sports talker Bill Michaels has resurfaced on-line at Bill Michaels Sports, where he's sharing his insights. You can also follow him on Twitter.

On TV: Channel 6 is using its 6.2 over-the-air sub-channel to air "Taking Action for the Tennessee Valley" at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The 90-minute telethon originates from sister station WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Ala. and is designed to help victims of the recent storms. That's Channel 986 on Time Warner Cable.

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