A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is creating unique opportunities for the community to learn about civil rights struggles during a series of presentations at the College of Mount St. Joseph.
The NEH, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, created the initiative “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which introduces a series of documentaries showing new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. The Mount is one of the institutions around the country selected to receive the films, “The Abolitionists,” “Slavery by Another Name,” “The Loving Story,” and “Freedom Riders.” These four films form the basis for discussions of issues relating to civil rights.
On Tuesday, February 11, Chris Miller, manager of program initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, will show portions of the films, “The Abolitionists,” and “Slavery by Another Name” and moderate a discussion based on the issues they raise. On Thursday, April 10, Rick Momeyer, retired professor of philosophy at Miami University, and Allan Winkler, professor of history at Miami University, will speak on the topic, “Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement.” They will show clips of the film, “Freedom Riders.” Momeyer was a Freedom Rider in the 1960s and will discuss his experience in the movement. Local folk singer, Tracy Walker, will also perform songs from the Civil Rights movement. Both events begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Mount’s Recital Hall.
“Libraries and schools all over the country are taking part in these stories of American history and hosting public discussion programs,” said Paul Jenkins, director of library services at the Mount. “The films, ‘The Abolitionists,’ and ‘Slavery by Another Name’ touch on struggles that still continue today with the topic of slavery. It’s important for the public to continue discussions about civil rights so we understand the struggles of past and present generations.”
The events at the Mount are free and open to the public.