We are pleased to announce that Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to present Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. A film and discussion series, Created Equal aims to bring diverse communities together to explore the history of civil rights and the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America through carefully selected documentaries, which include The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders.
Deeply grounded in humanities scholarship, these films tell a remarkable story about the importance of race in the making of American democracy; about the power of individuals to effect change; and about the historical contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with ideas of freedom, equality and citizenship. The documentaries address events from the 1800s through 1965 in the United States. Each of the films was produced with NEH support and each highlights individuals who challenged the racial, social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.
The Libraries will kick off the series on Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 20, 2014) at 7:00 pm in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library. Dr. Hasan Jeffries, an associate professor of history at the Ohio State University, will guide a discussion of Freedom Riders, an Emmy award-winning documentary. Dr. Jeffries specializes in 20th century African American history and has an expertise in the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. He is the author of Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights And Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt (New York University Press, 2009).
A free streaming copy of the Freedom Riders is available online at http://createdequal.neh.gov/films/freedom-riders. Advance screening is encouraged but not required prior to the event. The program is free and open to the public.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Dee Peterson, coordinator of user services at the OWU Libraries, is leading the initiative for the campus and community.
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