The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is proud to be one of the many organizations around the nation chosen to host the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film series in 2014. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Created Equal uses the power of documentary films to encourage communities to re-examine the meaning of civil rights in twentieth-century American society and explore the relationship between the civil rights movement and contemporary endeavors to redefine traditional concepts of equality.
All programs are free and open to the public. A facilitated discussion follows each film.
Film Series Schedule
August 28 - Freedom Riders
In 1961, a small group of white and black volunteers rode public buses into the Deep South to demonstrate that interstate travel facilities remained segregated in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Freedom Riders faced arrest and beatings in their efforts to compel the federal government to enforce the law.
November 6 - The Abolitionists
For almost a century following the American Revolution, abolitionists fought to end both slavery and racial injustice. The Abolitionists tells the story of several generations of men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this documentary puts a face on the antislavery movement.
The film series 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. The film screenings and public programming are hosted by the VHS in partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center, and is supported in part by the Gay Community Center of Richmond’s VHS Guy Kinman Research Award.