To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, and to introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, the Robert James Terry Library will offer a series of four screenings, lectures, discussion forums, scholarly presentations centered around the first of the series of four videos, Freedom Riders. The documentary will be shown followed by a discussion at the Robert James Terry Library, Exhibit Room, 1st floor on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.
The Texas Southern University, Robert James Terry Library is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries: The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.
“The films in the series chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Obidike Kamau, Associate Director of the Robert James Terry Library. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films because they promote excellence in teaching and learning in American history for the entire Texas Southern University campus and local community.”
Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life. Visit www.neh.gov/created-equal for more information.