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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
To celebrate Black History Month, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King, the Chattanooga Public Library is pleased to host a film discussion series on civil rights. The Create Equal series uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history. The series consists of four documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders, that chronicle the civil rights struggle from Revolutionary times to Martin Luther King.
The first event isThe Abolitionists (February 4: Library Auditorium. 6-7:30pm) - Vincent Phipps, storyteller and motivational speaker, will begin with a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Abolitionists' release in 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The film's protoganists William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown fought to end slavery through newspapers and broadsides, literature and religion, and finally political action and violence. The scholar for the session will be Raymond Evans, author of Chattanooga: Tennessee's Gateway to the Underground Railroad and HistoricAfrican American Places in the Chattanooga Area. The Library will present clips from the film followed by discussion.
More about the Create Equal Series at the Library: The Chattanooga Public Library is honored to present these four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights movement in America. It is one of 473 institutions that will bring these films into the communities they serve, hoping to help bridge racial and cultural divides in America civic life. These films tell the stories of men and women who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, inpartnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Program note: All of the films, with the exception of The Loving Story, will be shown at the downtown library auditorium. Our community partners at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center will present The Loving Story at the BCCC on February 18. In addition to the film seriesthe library will present a genealogy workshop as part of Black History Month, From Africa to America: Tracing Your Roots, on Saturday, February 15.
Dates, Times, and Places
Abolitionists: February 4, 6-7:30pm Library auditorium
Slavery by Another Name: February 13, 6-7:30pm Library auditorium
From Africa To America: Tracing Your Roots: February 15, 10am-12 Library auditorium