Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will present the first of four nationally acclaimed documentaries depicting milestones in the American civil rights movement on Monday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m. The film Slavery by Another Name will be introduced by Professor Denise Dunovant, an Instructor of Psychology at the College, who will also lead a discussion after the film.
The screening will be held at 119 Newkirk Street in Room 102. The College community and the general public are invited to attend. There is no charge for admission.
The event is the first in the four-part, film-and-discussion series, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which has been made possible by a grant to the HCCC Library from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History.
Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. Based on the 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon (who co-produced the film with Catherine Allan), the film challenges the ingrained American belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The documentary recounts how after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor emerged that kept thousands of African-Americans in bondage in a brutal system that persisted until the onset of World War II.
“Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” is a NEH initiative that uses powerful documentary films to encourage discussions about the changing meanings of freedom and equality. NEH partnered with the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the grant awardees.
Hudson County Community College’s Library was one of 473 institutions in the United States to be awarded a collection of four films chronicling the history of the country’s civil rights movement. The other documentaries in the collection are the Emmy Award-nominated The Loving Story, The Abolitionists, and the Emmy Award-winning Freedom Riders.
Additional information on the award of “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” to Hudson County Community College, and films may be obtained by contacting HCCC Librarians Clifford Brooks or John DeLooper at 201-360-4723.