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Created Equal Film Series - The March

Thursday, April 23, 6:00pm9:00pm
Free
Location:
Virginia Historical Society
Robins Family Forum
Part of the Film Series category.
Part of the program.

The Created Equal film series focuses on themes related to civil rights, human rights, and social justice in American history. In 2015 the VHS will screen four films that encourage audiences to explore these issues and their significance in contemporary American society. Created Equal is hosted by the VHS in partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center, and supported in part by Diversity Richmond’s VHS Guy Kinman Research Award.

The March tells the story of the famous 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which is today remembered as the setting for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. At the time however, the march was extremely controversial. It was put on by a coalition of civil rights and workers’ rights organizations, each with its own agenda, and was fervently opposed by the Kennedy Administration and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. After the film, Dr. Emilie Raymond, associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement, will offer commentary and answer questions.

Other films in the Created Equal series:

  • Thursday, June 18 - Meet Me in the Bottom
  • Thursday, September 10 - Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
  • Thursday, October 22 - They Closed Our Schools 

All films will begin at 6:30 p.m., with light refreshments available beforehand.

Bill Obrochta

Bill Obrochta, Manager of Educational Services

For more information, please contact me at wobrochta@vahistorical.org or 804.342.9651.

 

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