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Created Equal: A Series of Community Events

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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, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This local event series is sponsored by the Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University.

The Events - All Events are FREE and Open to the Public

Each event will be introduced and hosted by a professor in the SHSU Department of History. Selected clips will be screened from an important film about the history of civil rights and racial equality in America.

Then the host will facilitate an audience discussion session to help all attendees reflect deeply on the content and themes of the film and how the these impact our lives today. Audience members are encouraged to share opinions, personal experiences, or Civil Rights-era memories. Community engagement and discussion is the goal at the heart of Created Equal.

Event #1: Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders poster image

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 -- 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hosted by Dr. Wesley Phelps, Assistant Professor of History
Huntsville Independent School District Administration Building (Board Room)
441 FM 2821 East, Huntsville TX 77320 - map

Freedom Riders:
Attracting a diverse group of volunteers—-black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern—-the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8-mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI. Image ©Birmingham Civil Rights Institute/Mississippi Department of Archives & History
More information about the film
Watch the film online

Event #2: The Abolitionists

The Abolitionists poster imageThursday, February 6, 2014 -- 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Hosted by Dr. Lindsey Swindall, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Old Town Theatre on the Downtown Square
1023 12th St, Huntsville, TX 77340 - map

The Abolitionists:
The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Image ©WGBH Educational Foundation/Antony Platt
More information about the film
Watch the film online

Event #3: The Loving Story

The Loving Story poster imageTuesday, February 18, 2014 -- 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Littlejohn, Associate Professor of History
Huntsville Public Library's Community Room
1219 13th St, Huntsville, TX 77340 - map

The Loving Story:
Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of African American and Native American descent and he was white. But they never expected to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. The documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine. Photo © Grey Villet
More information about the film

Event #4: Slavery by Another Name

Slavery By Another Name poster imageWednesday, February 26, 2014 -- 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Hosted by Dr. Bernadette Pruitt, Associate Professor of History
Sam Houston Memorial Museum Auditorium
1402 19th St, Huntsville, TX 77340 - map

Slavery by Another Name:
It was a shocking reality that often went unacknowledged, then and now: a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subjected to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. Image ©Jon Van Amber and Omni Studio
More information about the film
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Other Questions? Contact the Event Coordinator

Erin Cassidy
Associate Professor, Web Services Librarian, History & Foreign Languages Librarian
Newton Gresham Library at Sam Houston State University

Newton Gresham Library Thanks its Local Event Partners!

Huntsville Independent School District

Huntsville Public Library

Old Town Theatre - J. Philip Gibbs, Jr., Centre for the Performing Arts

Sam Houston Memorial Museum


Made Possible by a Grant From

National Endowment for the Humanities logo     NEH Bridging Cultures Initiative logo     Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History logo


Film images have been provided by the Created Equal program for promotional use only. Copyright restrictions apply.

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