To mark the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Metropolitan State University, in partnership with the Saint Paul Public Library’s Dayton’s Bluff Branch, is offering a series of screenings and discussion forums centered around four documentary films with riveting footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 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 this program.
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. Metropolitan State will blend the film screenings with discussion forums led by civil rights historians and community activist/scholars. “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 Greg Mellas, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship director. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. The documentaries provide a powerful medium to prompt reflection and discussion that will be facilitated with university and community expertise.”
Questions, please contact: Metropolitan State University, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, 651-793-1285, Community.Engagement@metrostate.edu