Created Equal: Films About America’s Civil Rights Struggle

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To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has developed a special project entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. The Salt Lake City Public Library will showcase two films that track the Civil Rights Movement's challenges to the social and legal status quo, from slavery to segregation.

Together these nationally-acclaimed documentary films trace the remarkable story of the Civil Rights Movement from its early period in the 1820s to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1967 overturning laws barring interracial marriage. Rare archival footage gives us glimpses of the long Civil Rights Movement never before seen on film.

SAT, APR 5 • 2pm
Freedom Riders
(120 Minutes)
The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. Based on Raymond Arsenault’s recent book, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South.

Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. Mark Samels, executive producer for American Experience, WGBH.

This event is sponsored by the NAACP Salt Lake Branch

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200