Powerful Documentaries Chronicle History of Civil Rights Movement: Created Equal

Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders

The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present Created Equal, a series of powerful documentaries that tell remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. The films include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Each documentary is followed by a discussion forum. Admission is free.

The Created Equal series debuts Jan. 19 with “Freedom Riders.” After the documentary, civil rights activist Millie Dunn Veasey, author Calvin Ramsey and museum curator Earl Ijames will participate in a panel discussion.

Mark your calendar for these film screenings and discussions.

Created Equal: “Freedom Riders”
Sunday, Jan. 19
1 p.m.

Winner of three 2012 Emmy Awards, the documentary depicts the period in 1961 when black and white Americans risked their lives by traveling together on buses and trains throughout the Deep South.

Museum curator Earl Ijames, author Calvin Ramsey and civil rights activist Millie Dunn Veasey will lead a panel discussion after the film. Ramsey is the author of Ruth and the Green Book. The “green book” was a guide to places that would serve black travelers during the Jim Crow era. Veasey served with the Women’s Army Corps during World War II and later became the first female president of the Raleigh-Wake NAACP.

Created Equal : “The Loving Story”
Sunday, Feb. 16
1 p.m.

This 2012 Emmy Award-winning documentary follows the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, a suit brought by Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple, that impacted Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924.

After the film, a panel of three couples will discuss and share their personal stories about interracial marriage. Hear perspectives from three different generations.

Created Equal: “Slavery by Another Name”
Sunday, March 16
1 p.m.

Based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book Created Equal: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas Blackmon, this 2012 film challenges the assumption that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how new forms of forced labor emerged and persisted in the South after the Civil War, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II.

After the documentary, W. Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at UNC-Chapel Hill, will present a talk related to the film, focusing on the lives of African Americans in the South after the Civil War.

The Created Equal series is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Each of the films was produced with NEH support. To learn more about the documentaries, go to www.neh.gov/created-equal.

For more information about the Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access www.ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook.


About the N.C. Museum of History
The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public. Visit www.gilderlehrman.org.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. Access www.neh.gov.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.