Livingstone to host film screenings for Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SALISBURY — To mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and to introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, Livingstone College will offer a series of screenings and discussion forums. The discussions will be centered on three documentaries, “The Abolitionists” today,“Slavery by Another Name” on Feb. 27 and “The Freedom Riders” on March 20. Each film will be shown at 10 a.m. in Tubman Little Theater at Livingstone.
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. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a partner in developing the programs and support materials.
Livingstone is one of 473 institutions nationwide that were awarded a set of films chronicling the history of the Civil Rights Movement. “The Abolitionists,” “Slavery by Another Name,” “Freedom Riders” and “The Loving Story” include dramatic scenes of incidents during the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. “Freedom Riders” received an Emmy in 2012, and “The Loving Story” and “The Abolitionists” were nominated for Emmys in 2013.
The program will feature guest speakers, panelists and professors from Livingstone and Pfeiffer colleges, in addition to representatives from the NAACP, the Rowan-Salisbury School Board and students from both institutions. Visit www.neh.gov/created-equal for more information.
The Created Equal four-film set is made possible through a 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.

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