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Education at the Schomburg: Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle Film Series


February 14, 2014
For ages 13 to 18 years

Schomburg Education is proud to join the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and  hundreds of cultural institutions across the country in special programming series, Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  As part of the NEH’s Bridging Culture initiative, Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America.  The four films in the series tell the remarkable stories of individuals who have challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.


This February, Schomburg Education will launch the series with two school day screenings and post-screening conversations during Black History Month:


Thursday, February 13 at 10:00 am


Recommended for grades 5-12.  The documentary tells the stories of some of the individuals, including Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, who played key roles in the struggle to end slavery.


Friday, February 14 at 10:00 am


Recommended for grades 9-12.  The film tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who were married in the District of Columbia, where such unions were legal, and who were arrested after they moved to Virginia, where interracial marriage was a crime.  Their Supreme Court case resulted in the nation-wide invalidation of miscegenation laws.


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Photo credits:

The Abolitionists: ©WGBH Educational Foundation/Antony Platt

The Loving Story: Photo by Grey Villet