NEH Film at the Natatorium October 16, 2014 introduced by Dr. Pierce, University of Notre Dame   
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"Freedom Riders"

Free film screening and discussion with special guest Dr. Richard Pierce, University of Notre Dame
Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center
1040 W. Washington
South Bend, IN 

Tonight, enjoy a special free presentation of "Freedom Riders" with special guest Dr. Richard Pierce of the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Pierce will introduce the film and lead a question and answer section afterward as part of the Created Equal Film Series sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Indiana Humanities, and the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Indiana University South Bend. 

In 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives, endured savage beatings, and imprisonment for simply traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South – deliberately violating Jim Crow laws. 

From award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, “Freedom Riders” features testimony from a fascinating cast of central characters: the Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand. 


About Created Equal

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle brings four outstanding films on the long civil rights movement to communities across the United States. As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal will encourage communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in America and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality that have helped bridge deep racial and cultural divides in our civic life. Four outstanding documentary films, spanning the period from the 1830s to the 1960s, are the centerpiece for this project. Each of these films was supported by NEH, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

As the Created Equal films have been viewed, they have begun a conversation. In public libraries, in school classrooms and churches across the nation, on Twitter, blogs and Facebook pages, people of all ages, different races and walks of life have been moved to continue talking about the themes raised by the films. Many are inspired; some are outraged. Often, viewers are left are pondering what it takes to achieve real change in a democracy, what can be learned from the struggles of those who went before us, and how to connect their own lives and experiences to this powerful history of heroism and struggle.

The Created Equal project extends and deepens those discussions, offering scholarly resources and program guides to help Americans to reflect on the legacy and meaning of our shared civil rights history. As we launch this project and distribute film sets to communities across America, we invite each of you to join in this important conversation.

Created Equal films will be featured in screenings, discussions, and other public programs in 500 communities across the nation from September 2013 through December 2016. The Gilder Lehrman Institute, which has a track record of working with public and academic libraries on public programs in American history, has developed program resources for the sites that will host film programs.

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