Research Guides: Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle

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
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – Film: Signpost to Freedom
  • Noon – Hill Memorial Library (Film clips and discussion moderated by Maxine Crump, CEO and President of Dialogue on Race Louisiana)
  • 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 discussion led by Professor Kodi Roberts from the LSU History Department)
  • 6:30 PM – Barnes & Noble – LSU Campus (Full film showing) [Cancelled due to inclement weather]

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
Film Screenings at Southern University

Southern University is also going to be screening the films of the “Created Equal” film series.  Southern will show an NEH film every Wednesday at 6:30 during February:

  • February 5: Freedom Riders
  • February 12: Slavery by Another Name
  • February 19: The Loving Story
  • February 26: Signpost to Freedom
Additional LSU Libraries Resources
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:
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Signpost to Freedom
Slavery by Another Name

Freedom Riders

The Loving Story

The Abolitionists