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WHEN February 13, 2015 6:00 PM
WHERE: Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library
29 North Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie NY
WHAT: Opening of a Series of Films for Thought
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle
CONTACT: Odell Winfield
We invite you to join us for a timely four part film series made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
We will be viewing and discussing four films that cover the period of reconstruction through the Jim Crow years and into the civil rights movement. A local scholar with expertise on themes and happenings within each film will be leading interactive group discussions as we embark upon a journey to a better understanding of the struggles of race and social justice in America. A lot has been occurring in our country, especially recently, that echoes our past. What better time to reflect upon our history as we work for racial justice now and for the future.
The film showings and discussions will take place from February through April in the Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library located on the second floor of the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St. in the Poughkeepsie, NY.
The Loving Story (2011 – 77 Mins.) 6:00 PM Friday February 13th, 2015
This documentary brings to life the arrest and legal battle that followed the interracial marriage of Mildred and Richard Loving in Virginia in 1958. Scholar to be announced.
The Abolitionists (2013 – 180 Mins) 10 AM Saturday March 7th, 2015
This PBS mini series, shown in full (with a break for lunch) depicts the struggles of those who led the battle to end slavery. w/ A.J. Williams-Myers, SUNY New Paltz professor and author
Freedom Riders (2010 – 117 Mins.) 5:30 PM Friday March 27th, 2015
This film tells the terrifying and moving story of a time. when hundreds of white and black volunteers challenged the segregation laws of the Deep South to awaken the conscience of a complacent nation and risked being jailed, beaten, or killed. w/ Sally Bermanzohn retired Brookly College professor and author.
Slavery by Another Name (2012 – 90 Mins) 6:00 PM Wednesday April 22nd, 2015
From the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Scholar to be announced.