Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

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Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of its Bridging Cultures Initiative, to use four powerful documentary films to help spark community discussion about the Civil Rights Movement in America. This page is to help promote understanding about these films, about the Civil Rights, and to collect resources available from JMRL that will be helpful in understanding this historic movement.

Created Equal: Film-Based Discussion Event Series at JMRL

JMRL will host a series of programs available at the Central Library to promote this initiative in January and February 2015.

Created Equal: A Film-Based Discussion Series on the Civil Rights

Thursdays, 6pm. See dates below.

Join JMRL and the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights in a community discussion of the Civil Rights Movement and its ongoing effects on society. Each evening features segments of award-winning documentaries focused on one aspect of the Civil Rights Movement, and ends with audience discussions led by prominent community members and scholars. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle 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.


January 15, 2015 – The Abolitionists

Discussion leaders: L.D. Perry

Watch the film in full for FREE online or at JMRL: The Abolitionists - Check out at JMRL or Watch Online at PBS.org

January 29, 2015 – Slavery By Another Name

Discussion leaders: L.D. Perry, Prof. Lisa Woolfork

Watch the film in full for FREE online or at JMRL: Slavery by Another Name - Check out at JMRL or Watch Online at PBS.org

February 12, 2015 – Freedom Riders

Discussion leaders: L.D. Perry, Prof. Grace Hale

Watch the film in full for FREE online or at JMRL: Freedom Riders - Check out at JMRL or Watch Online at PBS.org


February 26, 2015 – The Loving Story

Discussion leaders: L.D. Perry, Amy Sarah Marshall

Watch the film in full for FREE online or at JMRL: The Loving Story - Check out at JMRL or Watch Online at hulu.com


Learn More: Themes and Further Reading

The Abolitionists


Slavery By Another Name


Freedom Riders


The Loving Story


Charlottesville in the Civil Rights Struggle

More Information About the Created Equal Initiative

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle 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.

  • Visit the Created Equal website by the NEH for all the official information about this initiative, including more videos documenting the Civil Rights struggle, get more information about other events around the country, and how this initiative began.
  • The Public Programming Guide contains scholar essays, information about the documentaries, themes from the films, and much more.