Screening segments of "Freedom Riders" documentary & discussion by Madison College Professor Jonathan Pollack
Film Series Focuses on Civil Rights Struggles
The Verona Public Library will host a four-part documentary film series, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggles," from February through March. Jonathan Pollack, Ph.D., history professor at Madison Area Technical College, will show segments of four films and moderate a discussion with audience members. The film series commemorates the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer and the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act. All films are free and open to the public.
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against slavery into a force that changed the nation.
"Slavery by Another Name"
Thursday, March 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
Even after the Emancipation Proclamation, thousands of African Americans--often guilty of no crimes--were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters.
"The Loving Story"
Thursday, March 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
A racially charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who changed history.
Thursday, March 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
A courageous band of civil rights activists challenging segregation in the American South in 1961 risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks.
Register online at veronapubliclibrary.org, or call 608-845-7180.
The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Bridging Cultures initiative has generously underwritten the "Created Equal" film series. While only segments of the four films will air during the evening sessions, the Verona Public Library will make the films available for circulation. They may also be viewed online at createdequal.neh.gov.