Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
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.
- 1 Created Equal: Film-Based Discussion Event Series at JMRL
- 2 Learn More: Themes and Further Reading
- 3 Charlottesville in the Civil Rights Struggle
- 4 More Information About the Created Equal Initiative
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 (UVA), Prof. Maurice Wallace (UVA)
January 29, 2015 – Slavery By Another Name
Discussion leaders: L.D. Perry (NAACP), Prof. Lisa Woolfork (UVA)
February 12, 2015 – Freedom Riders
Discussion leaders: L.D. Perry (NAACP), Prof. Grace Hale (UVA)
February 26, 2015 – The Loving Story
Discussion leaders: L.D. Perry (NAACP), Charlene Green (Charlottesville Office of Human Rights) and partner Bekah Saxon (Virginia Education Association), Sarah (Charlottesville Office of Human Rights) & Arun Krishnaraj (UVA Hospital)
Learn More: Themes and Further Reading
- FURTHER READING:
American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation, ed. by James G. Basker
A collection of fiction, poems, essays, autobiographies, and speeches which document a history of responses to slavery.
The account of John Brown’s work against slavery, including the conflicts in Kansas, and his raid on Harper’s Ferry, for which he was sentenced to death, but gained national attention for the cause.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
The autobiography of the great abolitionist documenting his life as a slave, his education, and his escape from slavery, which led to his work as a leader against slavery.
The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation by David Brion Davis
A historic compendium documenting slavery in the Americas, including religious influence on the movement, and the importance of freed slaves to the abolitionist movement.
The narratives of two runaway slaves who successfully escape to the Union forces. Accompanying autobiographies discuss their childhoods in slavery, their service in the Civil War, and their lives following.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Stowe’s pivotal 1852 novel that sparked empathy for the abolitionist movement, and which became the best-selling novel of the 19th century.
Slavery By Another Name
- FURTHER READING:
Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon
This exceptional book that inspired the documentary uncovers the truth about the Reconstruction era Jim Crow South where African Americans were subjugated to slave-like conditions or worse through the processes of convict-leasing, illegal peonage, and sharecropping.
Freedom’s Children: The Journey from Emancipation into the Twentieth Century by Velma Maia Thomas
An exquisite collection of photographs and removable documents that bring to life the story of freedmen and freedwomen during the Reconstruction era into the twentieth century.Sequel to Lest We Forget, which documents the slave experience from Africa to Southern servitude.
Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South ed. by William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins, and Robert Korstad
A compendium of stories by black southerners who witnessed a troublesome time in American history, this book and CD set presents an extensive oral history of African American life under segregation and racial oppression of the Jim Crow South.
Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement by Patricia Sullivan
A look at the early history of the NAACP that started to stand up for African American civil rights and demand change from a government that looked the other way.
Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow by Leon F. Litwack
A harrowing account of the injustices that black southerners faced institutionally and personally in the era under Jim Crow.
- FURTHER READING:
On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail by Charles E. Cobb, Jr.
Take a paper tour of the Civil Rights movement through Virginia and other Southern states, including information along the routes of the Freedom Rides through the Deep South.
The Civil Rights Movement: An Eyewitness History by Sandford Wexler
Take a look specifically at the Chapter 6: “The Sit-ins and Freedom Rides: 1960-61” for detailed accounts of the Freedom Riders and their routes, including special eyewitness testimonies, to get a glimpse at how these nonviolent protests made progress for the movement.
The story of two Freedom Riders and their journeys that brought them together to unite for a dangerous yet worthy cause.
The autobiography of the man who co-founded CORE and organized the first Freedom Rides that gained international attention for the Civil Rights Movement.
The Race Beat : The Press, The Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff
A focus on how the press played a huge role in the Civil Rights Movement, with select chapters on the Freedom Riders.
Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis with Michael D'Orso
Walk in the shoes of legendary Freedom Rider John Lewis in this epic memoir of a man who made change a reality.
The Loving Story
- FURTHER READING:
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.
- Find out more about The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and its part in this wonderful program.