Emmy-Winning Documentary to be Part of Civil Rights Discussion
The UCF Public History Center in Sanford will host a screening of clips from the Emmy-winning documentary â€śFreedom Ridersâ€ť as part of a Nov. 2 community discussion about equality under the law and the use of nonviolence to achieve change.
The program, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 301 W. 7th St., also will feature creative expressions from local artists.
The event is part of a nationwide, grant-funded program to promote conversations on America’s civil rights movement and its legacies. To mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincolnâ€™s Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History developed the initiative â€śCreated Equal: Americaâ€™s Civil Rights Struggle.â€ť
The Public History Center is one of 473 institutions across the nation awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The documentaries, â€śThe Abolitionists,â€ť â€śSlavery by Another Name,â€ť â€śThe Loving Story,â€ť and â€śFreedom Riders,â€ť include dramatic scenes from the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights. â€śFreedom Ridersâ€ť received an Emmy in 2012, and â€śThe Loving Storyâ€ť and â€śThe Abolitionistsâ€ť have been nominated for Emmys this year.
â€śThese films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independenceâ€”life, liberty and the pursuit of happinessâ€”for all Americans,â€ť said UCF historian Scot French, an organizer of the event. â€śThey are especially relevant to the mission of the Public History Center, which seeks to facilitate conversations around key issues, such as civil rights, linking past and present.â€ť
The Created Equal programs were designed to bring communities together, revisit our shared history and help bridge racial and cultural divides in American civic life.