Films Showcase America’s Civil Rights Struggle

Honoring the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, the library and Brown v. Board National Historic Site presents the Created Equal Film Series.

The film series begins on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3:30pm with The Loving Story, a moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who as newlyweds were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. A panel shares similar stories and takes questions following the film.

The series commemorates another milestone too, the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights amendment.

loving story small poster“We hope to spark a dialogue about the changing meaning of freedom and equality in our nation and our community,” said Donna Rae Pearson, local history librarian. “Expect to hear stories that remind us of those who fought for equality. And as the world changes, it’s important to understand the lessons learned so that repeating history can be avoided for others.”

A panel discussion will be held after every film in the series: The Abolitionists, Slavery By Another Name, Freedom Riders and The Loving Story.

The Created Equal Film Series continues with Freedom Riders, the story behind a courageous band of civil rights activists who in 1961 creatively challenged segregation. This film will be shown at 5pm Thursday, May 8 at Brown v Board, 1515 SE Monroe St. (See upcoming editions of Library News for times/dates for the other films in this series.)

Each of the films tells stories of individuals who challenged the status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. All of the films mentioned are also available for check out.

If reading is more your thing, try these titles:

•  Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear by Aram Goudsouzian
•  Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge
•  Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union by Paul Kendrick
•  John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War and Seeded Civil Rights by David S. Reynolds

Created Equal is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Bridging Cultures initiative.

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