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Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

October 6, 2014

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is a series of four important documentary film screenings at multiple locations across Colorado.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, partnering with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.  Please join us to see historic films and to join a discussion of America's civil rights struggles beginning October 6 at Rifle Branch Library,207 East Avenue in Rifle.  

The film series will continue every Monday in October.

All events are free and open to the public.

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.  The four documentaries, discussion topics and special guests are:

October 6

The Abolitionists (Emmy nominee, 2013) with special guest Charles Everett Pace, a historian and one of the country's leading historical performers.  Pace will focus on some of the successful strategies that have been used to overcome the obstacles of race in American society.

October 13

Slavery by Another Name with special guest Helen Kearney, a quilt historian who conducts programs on the role quilts played in the everyday life of slaves during the Civil War era.

October 20

The Loving Story (Emmy nominee, 2013)with special guest Chuck Fraser, a Littleton doctor who, along with his wife and other community members, fought against housing discrimination in the 1960s and was active in local civil rights efforts.

October 27

Freedom Riders (Emmy winner, 2012) with special guest Carlotta Walls LaNier, who will share her experiences as one of the "Little Rock Nine" who in 1957 integrated Little Rock Central High School.

Dr. Sarah Swedberg, Professor of American History at Mesa State University in Grand Junction, will facilitate each discussion session.  To register for one or more of the discussion series, email Kileen Granata, kgranata[at]gcpld[dot]org or call the library at (970) 625-4270.

Funded program of Colorado Humanities.  Colorado Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information regarding this event:

Contact: Betty Jo Brenner Phone: (303) 894-7951