Museum Offers Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Screenings

Posted December 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm     Category: Cape Fear Museum

Wilmington, N.C. — In the more than 50 years since the 1963 March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom, the Civil Rights movement has helped transform U.S. society. Explore the movement’s history with Cape Fear Museum and its partners, the New Hanover County Public Library and New Beginning Church. View a series of three riveting films: Slavery By Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story.

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.

Cape Fear Museum is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, 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 has been nominated for an Emmy in 2013.

New Hanover County Public Library will screen the following films in the New Hanover Room at their main branch located at 201 Chestnut Street:

  • Slavery By Another Name
    Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Freedom Riders
    Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
  • The Loving Story
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

New Beginning Church, located at 3120 Alex Trask Drive, will screen the following films:

  • The Loving Story
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Freedom Riders
    Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Museum Director Sheryl Mays. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. The fight for racial equality played itself out in communities around the South, and it’s important that we reflect on and remember the struggles that ended legally sanctioned racial segregation.”

Each of the films was produced with NEH 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 www.neh.gov/created-equal 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.

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.

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