Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series Screened by MNU

August 26, 2013

To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington which took place Aug. 18, 1963, MidAmerica Nazarene University announces the planned screening of four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. The series of screenings and scholarly discussion will be held in January and February 2014 at various locations throughout the Metro.

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. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the screening sites.

MNU is one of only 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

Project Director Bruce Flanders, Director, Mabee Library and Learning Commons, said the university received a grant along with the four films. The university partnered with the American Jazz Museum, Kansas City, MO, in seeking this grant.

“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Flanders. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. We hope the screening of these films will result in constructive dialog and learning about the civil rights struggle.”

Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life. Visit www.neh.gov/created-equal for more information.

The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major 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.