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Marshall to participate in civil rights initiative

Aug. 18, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University has been selected to participate in Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The initiative includes a series of four documentary films, including new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in the U.S., as well as programmatic and support materials developed by NEH in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The films include "The Abolitionists," "Slavery by Another Name," "Freedom Riders" and "The Loving Story" and include dramatic scenes of events 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.

Marshall is one of 473 institutions across the country that has been awarded a set of the films. Khader said a schedule of showings will be announced in the near future.

"These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence-life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness-for all Americans," said Majed Khader, director of Morrow Library. "We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. This is especially meaningful to the community of Huntington as the hometown of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who devoted his career to African American history."

Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

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.