Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Festival
Breslin Learning Center, District 1199C Hospital Worker Union
100 S. Broad St. Land Title Building, 10th Floor, 215-568-2220
The Created Equal Project uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. This program was developed in partnership between The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American, Moonstone is honored to be a participant and invites you to join us. Each program will consist a film followed by a discussion.
Thursday November 6, 5:30pm – The Abolitionist
Five leaders of the anti-slavery movement: impassioned New England newspaper editor William Lloyd Garrison; former slave, author, and activist Frederick Douglass; Angelina Grimke, daughter of rich South Carolina slave-holder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
Thursday November 13, 5:30pm – Slavery by Another Name
A huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.
Thursday December 4, 5:30pm – Freedom Riders
The Freedom Riders of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South and tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.