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UCM Presents Screening and Discussion of "The Abolitionists"

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 10, 2013) – Joining a national initiative by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Central Missouri Department of History and Anthropology will present a screening and forum discussion of the documentary “The Abolitionists” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Laura J. Nahm Auditorium.

The event is the first of six local events planned in conjunction with “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” the NEH initiative that examines 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.

UCM 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.

The UCM program will feature a showing of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion. Guest panelists will include Jessica Cannon, assistant professor of history; Albion Mends, instructor of religious studies; Eric Tenbus, professor and chair of the Department of History and Anthropology; and Micah Alpaugh, assistant professor of history.

“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Delia Gillis,director of UCM’s Center for Africana Studies and project coordinator. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films.”

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.

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.

For more information about future events in the “Created Equal” series at UCM, contact the Department of History and Anthropology at 660-543-4404.