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Cornette Library to Host Documentary in Created Equal Series

Feb. 17, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Cornette Library to Host Documentary in Created Equal Series

CANYON, Texas—Cornette Library at West Texas A&M University will host its first screening Tuesday, Feb. 25 in a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) titled of “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.” Portions of the documentary film The Loving Story will be screened from 7-9 p.m. at Old Main, Room 220.

As America marks the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington in 2013, Cornette Library is one of more than 450 libraries, churches and other groups across the country to receive film sets of The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story and Freedom Riders for the “Created Equal” series. These nationally-acclaimed documentaries are the backbone of the series and trace the story of the civil rights movement from its early period in the 1820s to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1967 overturning laws barring interracial marriage.

The Loving Story is about a Virginia couple arrested in 1958 for breaking the Virginia Racial Integrity Act of 1924 forbidding interracial marriage. The documentary follows the Richard Loving, who was white, and his wife Mildred, who was of African American and Native American descent, as they fight for the recognition of their marriage all the way to the Supreme Court. Dr. Marty Kuhlman, professor of history at WTAMU, will facilitate the discussion on The Loving Story.

“Created Equal” is part of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, produced in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

For information about Cornette Library and its resources and services, please visit the library’s website at wtamu.edu/library. For more information about the “Created Equal” series, contact Mary Jarvis at 806-651-2225 or at mjarvis@wtamu.edu.



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