Additional LSU Libraries Resources on Film Topics

LSU Libraries has compiled a group of additional library resources for those who are interested in pursuing the themes brought to light by the films in the “Created Equal” series.  The following links will take you to a list of resources for each film in the series:

Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott

Slavery by Another Name

The Loving Story

Freedom Riders

The Abolitionists

LSU “Created Equal” Film Series Schedule

The schedule of LSU “Created Equal” Film Series events has been determined:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Film: Signpost to Freedom

  • Noon – Hill Memorial Library (Film clips and moderated discussion)
  • 6:30 PM – Hill Memorial Library (Full film showing)

Monday, January 27, 2014 – Film: Slavery By Another Name

  • Noon – Hill Memorial Library (Film clips and moderated discussion)
  • 6:30 PM – Barnes & Noble – LSU Campus (Full film showing)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Film: Freedom Riders

  • 11:00 AM – Baton Rouge Community College (Full film showing)
  • 6:30 PM – Southern University (Full film showing)

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Film: The Loving Story

  • 6:30 PM – Baton Rouge Community College (Full film showing)

Friday, February, 14, 2014 – Film: The Loving Story

  • Noon – Hill Memorial Library (Film clips and moderated discussion)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – Film: The Abolitionists

  • Noon – Hill Memorial Library (Film clips and moderated discussion)
  • 6:30 PM – LSU Women’s Center (Partial film showing)

Thursday, February 27, 2014 – Panel Discussion of all films

  • 6:00 PM – Shiloh Baptist Church

LSU Libraries Awarded Grant for Film Series

LSU Libraries has been awarded a grant to show four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement as part of the program, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.  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.  Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013. 

The LSU Libraries will screen the films between January 20, 2014 to February 28, 2014.  In conjunction with the screenings, the Libraries will host discussions on the issues raised by the films, which will focus in part on Baton Rouge’s history during the civil rights struggle of the twentieth century.  Related exhibitions and other events are also planned.  The Libraries will also provide the films to other community organizations and encourage them to host similar discussions. 

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities 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 the 473 sites across the nation that are receiving the films.

Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life.  

 “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 Paul Hrycaj, a library faculty member who helped author the grant.  “We hope to involve local organizations in our program.  We will be reaching out to scholars outside of the LSU community, as well as to the general public.” 

The Created Equal film set 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.

Details of this program will be forthcoming.  Please visit http://createdequal.blogs.lib.lsu.edu/ for additional information and updates.

Organizations and individuals who would like to collaborate with the Libraries can contact Hrycaj at phryca1@lsu.edu or at 225-578-2629.