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The LSU Libraries have been awarded a grant to host the documentary film-based program, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.” Scheduled to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this program is designed to encourage communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in the U.S. and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American life.
The four documentary films included are The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story.  In addition to the four Created Equal films, the Libraries will include a fifth film in its program: Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott.
The Libraries will screen the films over the period of six weeks from January 20, 2014 to February 28, 2014. In conjunction with the screenings, the Libraries will host panel discussions on the issues raised by the films. Discussions 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.  In addition, LSU Libraries is coordinating its activities and collaborating with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Baton Rouge Community College, the West Baton Rouge Museum, Southern University, and Shiloh Baptist Church.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – Film: Freedom Riders
  • 11:00 AM – Baton Rouge Community College - Magnolia Theater (Full film showing)
  • 6:30 PM – Southern University - John B. Cade Library, 2nd Floor, Classroom #1 (Full film showing)

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Film: Signpost to Freedom
  • 4:00 PM - Carver Branch Library (Full film showing and discussion led by Judge Trudy M. White)

Sunday, February 9, 2014 – Film: Freedom Riders
  • 3:00 PM – West Baton Rouge Museum (Film discussion led by Dr. Rachel Emanuel)

Thursday, February 13, 2014 – Film: The Loving Story
  • 6:30 PM – Baton Rouge Community College - Magnolia Theater (Full film showing)

Friday, February, 14, 2014 – Film: The Loving Story
  • Noon – Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall (Film clips and discussion led by Raymond T. Diamond, Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law and James Carville Alumni Professor of Law, LSU Law Center)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 – Film: The Abolitionists
  • Noon – Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall (Film clips and discussion led by LSU History Professor Nancy Isenberg)
  • 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

Additional Film Screenings at Southern University
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Signpost to Freedom
Slavery by Another Name

Freedom Riders

The Loving Story

The Abolitionists

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