Stonecrest Library to Highlight America's Civil Rights Struggle Through Film Screenings Print E-mail

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Stonecrest Library of the DeKalb County Public Library system a set of four riveting documentaries about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America. The NEH made the announcement this summer and the Stonecrest Library will begin screenings and discussions of the films in spring 2014.

The four documentaries—The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders and The Loving Story—make up Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle, an initiative of the NEH that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history. Each of the films was produce with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of people who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply-rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012. The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

"We are very excited to present these films to our patrons." said Stonecrest Library Branch Manager Teresa Totten. "They chronicle the long and sometimes dangerous struggle in dramatic and moving footage They offer such an amazing way to engender discussion, understanding and appreciation for this period of U.S. history."

The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the NEH as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

 

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