Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

To introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, the University Libraries will offer a series of screenings, lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations centered on this collection of documentaries beginning in February of 2014.

University of Dayton is pleased to announce that it is one of 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.

The University of Dayton Libraries, in partnership with UD ArtStreet and the Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering will be screening the films for various audiences. Discussions of each film will be facilitated by various faculty from the University of Dayton and held on campus. 

Each of the films was produced with National Endowment for the Humanities support, and each 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 http://createdequal.neh.gov/ 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.

Please visit this page often as we will add more information about event dates and locations. For more information, please contact idamasco1@udayton.edu.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public. www.gilderlehrman.org.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. www.neh.gov.