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An NEH initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” will encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history. Launching in 2013 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this program will offer a packaged set of NEH-funded films on Civil Rights history to 500 communities across the nation over three years.
Four powerful documentary films (The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders and The Loving Story) are the centerpiece of this project. Taken together, these films tell a remarkable story– about grassroots activism, about the power of individuals to effect change, and about the changing contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with concepts of freedom and equality. We hope that this film set will prompt reflection and discussion of these issues.
NEH is exploring many options for community programming, including an innovative online film screening and discussion platform developed by ITVS. We invite participants to share ideas, propose partnerships, and help give shape to this initiative in ways that will make it meaningful to your communities.