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Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle Film Series 2014

The Created Equal program was a 4 part film series presented by the Augusta Museum of History in 2014. This series was made possible by 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. Below is an overview of the program with the dates, times, and descriptions of the films that were shown.

To introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America the Augusta Museum of History is offering FREE screenings and discussion forums.

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 sites.

The Augusta Museum of History 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.

Freedom Riders

Date: February 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From May until November in 1961, 400 plus black and white Americans risked their lives and withstood beatings riding interstate transportation together through the Deep South. This was their non-violent activism for desegregation. Why they inspired so much hope and fear. What happened to them?

Location: Georgia Regents University, Summerville Campus, University Hall
Facilitator: Clint Bryant, Athletic Director, Georgia Regents University
Humanities Scholar: Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Georgia Regents University Historian and Director of the Center for Georgia Studies

The Loving Story

Date: May 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This film is a documentary of Richard & Mildred Loving. Their interracial marriage led to their arrest and a Supreme Court case in Virginia in 1965.

Location: Augusta-Richmond County Public Library. 1st floor multi-purpose room
Facilitator: William R. Coleman, Jr, Attorney
Humanities Scholar: Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Georgia Regents University Historian and Director of the Center for Georgia Studies

Slavery by Another Name

Date: September 18, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

False imprisonment, convict leasing, and organized labor in the American South. How has race affected criminal justice in America? This 90 minute documentary challenges one of Americans' most cherished assumptions: That slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation.

Location: Augusta Museum of History
Facilitator: Dr. Faye Hargrove, CEO, Hargrove Leadership Service
Humanities Scholar: Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Georgia Regents University Historian and Director of the Center for Georgia Studies

Abolitionists

Date: November 13, 2014
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm

On New Year's Day, 1863, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, and countless other abolitionists across the nation waited anxiously for word on the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. But, it was not that simple. Lincoln only freed the slaves on Confederate soil, exempting those states under Union occupation and those fighting for the Union. Why did abolitionists celebrate the news of partial emancipation as if it fulfilled the very core of their mission?

Location: Richmond County Board of Education, First Floor Auditorium
Facilitator: Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Paine College
Humanities Scholar: Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Georgia Regents University Historian and Director of the Center for Georgia Studies

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