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Four documentaries chronicle the history of U.S. civil rights

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—A series of four documentaries that chronicle the history of civil rights in the United States will be shown as part of Hood College's yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Professors from Hood and Frederick Community College will lead discussions of the issues raised by the films, which will be shown in the College's Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall beginning in February.

The Abolitionists will be screened Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. The three-hour film tells the stories of some of the individuals—including Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown and Harriet Beecher Stowe—who played key roles in the struggle to end slavery. The discussion, led by Hood professors Jay Driskell and Stephen Wilson, will follow on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

The Loving Story, shown March 20 at 7 p.m., documents the lives of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple who in 1958 were married in the District of Columbia, where such unions were legal. After moving to Virginia, where interracial marriage was a crime, the couple was arrested. Hoda Zaki, Hood’s Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science, will moderate the discussion immediately following the screening.

Two additional films, Slavery by Another Name and Freedom Riders, followed faculty-led discussions, will be screened in the fall.

The documentaries are co-sponsored by Hood's Beneficial-Hodson Library and the Maryland-DC Campus Compact, and presented in partnership with the Asian American Center of Frederick, the Frederick Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Frederick Community College, the Frederick County Human Relations Commission, the Frederick County Public Libraries, the Maryland School for the Deaf, Mount St. Mary's University's Center for Student Diversity and its Center for Social Justice, and the UNESCO Center for Peace.

The film series, entitled Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, is made possible by 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.

There is no charge, and community members are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Jan Samet-O'Leary, director of the Hood College Hodson-Beneficial Library, at jsamet@hood.edu.