SOURCE: National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

January 27, 2015 16:41 ET

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle Film Series Begins at National Civil Rights Museum and Memphis Public Library

First Part of Series Scheduled for Feb. 5, Slavery by Another Name

MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - January 27, 2015) - Beginning Feb. 5, National Civil Rights Museum and Memphis Public Library will host Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle, a scholar-led film viewing and panel discussion program. This program is organized as a four-part series of conversations that aim to encourage communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in the U.S. and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American life through the viewing of the following four powerful documentary films: Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, The Abolitionists and Freedom Riders.

Slavery by Another Name hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum

Even as slavery ended in the south after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thousands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II. This film is based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same title by Douglas Blackmon. The scholar-led film viewing and discussion will be done by Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Memphis.

The Loving Story hosted by the Memphis Public Library and Information Center

This is the moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia (1967) which overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. The scholar-led film viewing and discussion will be conducted by Dr. Beverly Bond, Associate Professor of African American History at The University of Memphis.

The Abolitionists hosted by the Memphis Public Library and Information Center

A small group of moral reformers in the 1830s launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of African Americans held in bondage, at a time when slavery was one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the United States. The scholar-led film viewing and discussion will be conducted by Dr. Susan O'Donavan, Associate Professor of History at The University of Memphis.

Freedom Riders 

The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. Based on Raymond Arsenault's recent book, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South. The scholar-led film viewing and discussion will be moderated by Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, Chair of the History Department at The University of Memphis.

The series takes place over a four-week period and will conclude in Memphis on Feb 26.

The series will be available at both the National Civil Rights Museum and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. These scholar-led film viewing and discussion will be on the following dates:

  • Feb. 5: Slavery by Another Name - National Civil Rights Museum 6-8 pm. Led by Dr. Earnestine Jenkins, Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Memphis
  • Feb. 12: The Loving Story - Benjamin Hooks Central Library - Meeting Rooms A-C 6-8 pm. Led by Dr. Beverly Bond, Associate Professor of African American History at The University of Memphis
  • Feb. 19: The Abolitionists - Benjamin Hooks Central Library - Meeting Rooms A-C 6-8 pm. Led by Dr. Susan O'Donovan, Associate Professor of History at The University of Memphis
  • Feb. 26: Freedom Riders - National Civil Rights Museum. Led by Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, Chair of the History Department at The University of Memphis

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is brought to Memphis by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association. 

ABOUT THE MEMPHIS PUBLIC LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTER:

The Memphis Public Library and Information Center (MPLIC) is committed to satisfying the customer's need to know. With 18 Library locations throughout the Greater Memphis area, MPLIC offers an array of programs, services, and resources for residents and visitors to enjoy. They include JobLINC mobile career services, LINC/2-1-1 telephone referral services, a TV and radio station (WYPL TV-18, WYPL FM 89.3), a small business center, laptops for checkout and free Wi-Fi access, in addition to books, e-books, DVDs, records, compact discs, and educational programs for children, teens, and adults. Customers can find age-appropriate services and a list of Library locations at www.memphislibrary.org.

Memphis Public Libraries are publicly and privately funded. Approximately three million people visit the Memphis Public Library and Information Center each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM

The National Civil Rights Museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., chronicles key episodes of the American Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of this movement to inspire participation in civil and human rights efforts globally, through its collections, exhibitions and educational programs.

The Museum is located in the historic arts district of downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

An internationally acclaimed tourist attraction, the Museum was voted third among USA Today's Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC's Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids and Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today.

Contact Information

  • Contact information

    Connie Dyson
    (901) 527-1225 office
    (901) 331-5460 cell
    cdyson@civilrightsmuseum.org

    Stephanie White
    Memphis Public Library
    (901) 415-2847 or (901) 827-8013