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Civil Rights film series continues

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College's yearlong film series that chronicles the history of civil rights in the United States will resume in September.

The films are shown as part of the College's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act.

Slavery by Another Name, a documentary directed by noted filmmaker Sam Pollard, will be shown Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in the College's Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Tamelyn Tucker-Worgs, associate professor of political science and African American studies.

The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was first broadcast nationally on HBO in February 2012. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, the film brings to light the laws enacted in southern states specifically to intimidate blacks and the forced labor system that kept African Americans enslaved long after the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War.

The final film in the series, Freedom Riders, will be shown Oct. 6 followed by a faculty-led discussion Oct. 7.

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.

The series is co-sponsored by Hood's Beneficial-Hodson Library and the Maryland-DC Campus Compact, and presented in partnership with the African American Resources: Cultural and Heritage Society, 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. 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.