Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

    To introduce four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America, the University Libraries will offer a series of screenings, lectures, discussion forums, and scholarly presentations centered on this collection of documentaries beginning in February of 2014.

    University of Dayton is pleased to announce that it is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

    The University of Dayton Libraries, in partnership with UD ArtStreet and the Rosewood Arts Centre in Kettering will be screening the films for various audiences. Discussions of each film will be facilitated by various faculty from the University of Dayton and held on campus. 

    Each of the films was produced with National Endowment for the Humanities support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life. Visit for more information.

    The Created Equal film set is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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