Abolitionists to interracial marriage: series examines equality

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Staff | March 17, 2014

WHITEWATER—A film and discussion series on the American history of Civil Rights is being hosted next month by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Office of Continuing Education and the Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills.

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle, will feature four documentary films shown throughout the month at the Fargo Library, 120 East Madison Street in Lake Mills. The series will culminate with two discussion panels led by faculty members from UW-Whitewater which will focus on themes from the films.

The film screenings will kick off on Tuesday, April 1, at 6 p.m. with a selection from “The Abolitionists.” Through vivid reenactments, this film tells the stories of five men and women who led the battle to end slavery in the early 1800s. A 60-minute selection of this film will be shown at the screening, however the film is available in its entirety in Fargo Library's collection and online at createdequal.neh.gov.

“Slavery by Another Name” will be shown on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Based on a Pulitzer-Prize-winning book, this film draws public attention to the victims and perpetrators of a system, largely ignored in history books, in which many African-American men were trapped into forced labor in the South until the mid-1940s.

The Emmy Award-winning “Freedom Riders” will be shown on Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. This film features stories from government officials, journalists and the Riders themselves of the six months in 1961 in which black and white Americans deliberately violated Jim Crow law and ultimately changed America forever.

“The Loving Story” will be screened on Tuesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. This documentary brings to life the marriage and legal battle of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple in Virginia in the 1950s, through little-known filmed interviews and Life magazine photographs.

The public is invited to join in discussions with UW-Whitewater faculty at the Fargo Public Library in the week following the film screenings. On Thursday, April 10, at 6 p.m.,  James Levy, assistant professor of history will lead a discussion on “Equality Under the Law.” On Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m., Dr. Chandra Waring, assistant professor of sociology, and Dr. Amber Moulton, assistant professor of history will discuss “Civil Rights in Multicultural America.” Clips from the films will be shown during the discussions. Attendance at the film screenings is not required to attend the public discussions.

If you require accommodations for a disability, please contact the facility as soon as possible. For more information on the Created Equal series, contact Kari Borne at (262) 472-1003 or bornek@uww.edu or visit www.uww.edu/conteduc/createdequal.

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 to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America.

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