Civil Rights Documentary, Discussion and Event Series

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle encourages communities to revisit the history of civil rights in America and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge racial and cultural divides in our civic life. Four outstanding documentary films, spanning from the 1830s to the 1960s, form the centerpiece of this project, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. The films are intended to inspire constructive community conversations on issues of race, equality and justice that our society continues to grapple with today.

In conjunction with community screenings and discussions of the films at Centre College and the Boyle County Public Library, Centre’s Assistant Vice President for Diversity Education J.H. Atkins and Professor of Politics Daniel Stroup have organized additional campus events related to civil rights. Events are scheduled through spring of 2015 and will serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the American civil rights movement.

Events Schedule

Film #1: “The Abolitionists” | 180 minutes | Oct. 5-10, 2014

This documentary vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery: impassioned New England newspaper editor William Lloyd Garrison; former slave, author and activist Frederick Douglass; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
 

Documentary Viewings

Centre College
• Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 — 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Vahlkamp Theatre inside Crounse Hall
• Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Ewen Room inside the Campus Center
• Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Ewen Room inside the Campus Center

Boyle County Public Library
• Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Mahan Gallery inside the Boyle County Public Library
• Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Mahan Gallery inside the Boyle County Public Library

Discussions

Centre College
• Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 — 7:30 p.m. — Ewen Room inside the Campus Center

Boyle County Public Library
• Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 — 2 p.m. — Community Room inside the Boyle County Public Library

Discussion Leaders
John Johnson, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights
Harold McKinney, Boyle County Judge Executive

Film #2: “Slavery by Another Name” | 90 minutes | Nov. 2-8, 2014

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name reveals the shocking history of forced, unpaid convict labor in the United States, which primarily affected Southern black men and lasted until World War II. The documentary tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold as unpaid laborers and who suffered abuse, neglect and often deadly working conditions. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience.
 

Documentary Viewings

Centre College
• Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 — 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Vahlkamp Theatre inside Crounse Hall
• Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 — 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Vahlkamp Theatre inside Crounse Hall

Boyle County Public Library
• Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Mahan Gallery inside the Boyle County Public Library
• Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Mahan Gallery inside the Boyle County Public Library

Discussions

Centre College
• Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 — 7:30 p.m. — Ewen Room inside the Campus Center

Boyle County Public Library
• Sunday, Nov. 11, 2014 — 2 p.m. — Community Room inside the Boyle County Public Library

Discussion Leaders
Raoul Cunningham, Kentucky NAACP
Tony Wilder, Dept. for Ky. Government
Dr. Andrea Abrams, Centre College Prof. of Anthropology
Dr. Sara Egge, Centre College Prof. of History

Film #3: “Freedom Riders” | 120 minutes | Jan. 6-11, 2015

Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving and suspenseful story of white and black volunteers fighting segregation who rode a bus into the Deep South and risked being jailed, beaten or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local twelve-year-old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.
 

Documentary Viewings

Centre College
• Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Vahlkamp Theatre in Crounse Hall
• Tuesday, Jan. 6 & Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Ewen Room of the Campus Center
• Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 — 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Vahlkamp Theatre in Crounse Hall

Boyle County Public Library
• Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Mahan Gallery of the Boyle County Public Library
• Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Mahan Gallery of the Boyle County Public Library

Discussions

Centre College
*** DUE TO THE WEATHER, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED ***
*** Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 — 7:30 p.m. — Ewen Room of the Campus Center ***
 
Boyle County Public Library
• Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 — 2 p.m. — Community Room of the Boyle County Public Library

Discussion Leaders
Dr. Gerald Smith; KY. African-American Encyclopedia
Hon. Derrick Graham, Ky. House of Rep.
Eric and Truly Mount, Retired Educators
Charles and Sarah Vahlkamp, Retired Educators

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation | Jan. 19, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.


Speaker Betty Baye will deliver Centre College’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Convocation address.
 
• Newlin Hall inside the Norton Center for the Arts •

Film #4: “The Loving Story” | 75 minutes | February 8-15, 2015

This documentary tells the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, a biracial married couple who were woken up in the middle of the night and arrested in July 1958 for violating a Virginia state law that banned marriage between people of different races. The film brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.
 

Documentary Viewings

Centre College
• Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 — 3 p.m. — Vahlkamp Theatre inside Crounse Hall
• Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 — 7:30 p.m. — Vahlkamp Theatre inside Crounse Hall

Boyle County Public Library
• Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Mahan Gallery inside the Boyle County Public Library
• Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Mahan Gallery inside the Boyle Public County Library

Discussions

Centre College
• Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 — 7:30 p.m. — Ewen Room inside the Campus Center

Boyle County Public Library
• Sunday, Feb.15 — 2 p.m. — Community Room inside the Boyle Public Library

Discussion Leaders
Colmon Elridge, Executive Assistant to the Governor
Tony Gray, Danville Chief of Police
Dr. Beau Weston, Centre College Professor of Sociology
Dr. Liz Perkins, Retired Associate Professor of History

2015 Humana Scholar Convocation | February 23, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.

Author Ayana Mathis will deliver Centre College’s annual Humana Scholar Convocation address. Mathis’ novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Written in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother’s monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
 
• Newlin Hall inside the Norton Center for the Arts •

“The Thirteen” | March 18-19, 2015 | 7:30 p.m

Written and directed by Bianca Spriggs, this visual art exhibition, live musical, and spoken word performance pays homage to the 13 black women and girls who were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky. The Thirteen seeks to enshrine their shared history and will feature photographs and video by Angel Clark as well as pieces by Bianca Spriggs, including original poetry, pen & ink drawings, and resin skulls.
 
• Newlin Hall inside the Norton Center for the Arts •

 

SPONSORS: National Endowment of Humanities • The Gilder Lehman Institute • Centre College • Citizens Concerned for Human Relations • Boyle County Public Library

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