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Freedom Ride or Die is the fifth episode of the fourth season of The Boondocks. It originally aired on May 19, 2014.


A young reluctant Granddad is held as an unwilling freedom rider by Reverend Sturdy Harris, on a trip through the racist South. Despite his attempts to "turn the bus around" Granddad is led into dangerous territory.

Guest star: Dennis Haysbert as Sturdy Harris


  • Julian Bond (debut/only appearance)
  • Robert Freeman
  • John Lewis (debut/only appearance)
  • Diane Nash (debut/only appearance)
  • Sturdy Harris (debut/only appearance)
  • Bull Connor (debut/only appearance)
  • Uncle Ruckus
  • Terence McGowan (debut/only appearance)
  • Harold Jones (debut/only appearance)
  • John F. Kennedy (mentioned)
  • Justice department staffer (debut only appearance)

Cultural references[]

  • The talking-head mockumentary format is similar to Eyes on the Prize.
  • A scene in the episode when Uncle Ruckus put a bomb underneath the bus and was said if the bus stop it wouldn't explode is a play of the 1994 movie, Speed, when he also mentioned Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
  • The line "I don't know if you've been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!" is originally from the movie Aliens (1986). It is said by Pvt. Hudson, played by actor Bill Paxton.
  • The title puns on ride-or-die chick
  • John Lewis, Julian Bond, Diane Nash, Bull Connor and Harold Jones are portrayed.
  • Granddad insists that facilities must be separate but equal.
  • Diane Nash is reading Invisible Man
  • Sturdy is a student at Fisk University, a black college.
  • Ruckus mentions the term "BBC," used in pornography for "big black cock."



  • The A.V. Club gave it a "B".