Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle Film Series Begins Feb. 4

Friday, January 24, 2014

To celebrate Black History Month, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Martin Luther King Jr., the Chattanooga Public Library is hosting a film discussion series on civil rights. The Created Equal series uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.  

The series, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, consists of four documentaries: "The Abolitionists," "Slavery by Another Name," "The Loving Story," and "Freedom Riders," which chronicle the civil rights struggle from Revolutionary times to Martin Luther King Jr. 

All of the films, with the exception of "The Loving Story," will be shown at the Downtown Library auditorium. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will present "The Loving Story" at the BCCC on Feb. 18. In addition to the film series the library will present a genealogy workshop "From Africa to America: Tracing Your Roots," on Saturday, Feb. 15.  All events are free.

Schedule of events:

Feb. 4 - "Abolitionists" screening, 6-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 - "Slavery by Another Name" screening, 6-7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 - "Tracing Your Roots" seminar, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Feb. 18 - "The Loving Story" at Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Feb. 25 - "Freedom Riders" screening, 6-7:30 p.m.


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