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Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle Event Series Kickoff Event at WIU 
General Event Information
Event Category:
free and open to the public  
Dates and Times:
February 6, 7:00PM-8:30PM; (end time is an estimate)

Dr. Martha Biondi, Professor from Northwestern University, will be presenting "The Black Revolution on Campus: Black Students and the Transformation of Higher Education", to kick off the Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle Event Series.

The talk describes an extraordinary chapter in the Black freedom struggle when Black students rose up and pressed for change on college campuses across the country. Inspired by Stokely Carmichael's call for Black Power and Black self-determination and shocked and saddened by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Black students and their allies won significant reforms even as they endured considerable violence, intense criticism, and mass arrests. The Black liberation did not die with the death of Dr. King, it accelerated and spread, vastly expanding access to college for the multiracial working class and challenging definitions of merit, knowledge and universalism.

The Created Equal film series is made possible through a major grant received by Western Illinois University Libraries, the Departments of African American Studies and History from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The documentaries 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. The co-scholars for the grant are F. Erik Brooks, PhD, Professor and Chair of Department of African American Studies and Peter Cole, Professor with Department of History.

The film schedule is as follows:
February 11, 2014 7:00 p.m. at Sandburg Theater- The Abolitionists
February 18, 2014 7:00 p.m. at Sandburg Theater- Slavery by Another Name
February 25, 2014 7:00 p.m. at Sandburg Theater- Freedom Riders
March 4, 2014 7:00 p.m. at Sandburg Theater- The Loving Story

All events are free and open to the public. Any questions can be directed to Tammy Sayles at
Venue Information
Morgan Hall 109  
N. Western Ave.
WIU Macomb Campus  
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United States 
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