Created Equal:  America's Civil Rights Struggle Film Screening at Hennepin Technical College

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Hennepin Technical College will offer a series of film screenings and community forums centered around four documentaries with riveting new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America.

Created Equal:  America's Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America's civil rights history.  NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.

Hennepin Technical College is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement.  The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all.  Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

Hennepin Technical College's first film screening and community forum for "Freedom Riders" will take place at 5:30-8:00 PM on January 28, 2014 in the auditorium at the college's Eden Prairie campus.

In celebration of the Martin Luther King Day Holiday, Hennepin Technical College has partnered with the city of Eden Prairie's Human Rights and Diversity Commission to sponsor this event.  "As community members, we know that the strength of our future depends on our ability to examine the reality of demographic shifts in Minnesota, to discuss solutions for improving interracial relations, and to commit ourselves to action in creating an inclusive community for all," said Jean Maierhofer, Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action at Hennepin Technical College.

Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.  Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life.  Visit for more information.

The Created Equal film set 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.

Last updated by jmaierhofer : 2014-01-13 21:52:00