Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Historical society to host film series

Thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the Detroit Historical Society will screen several films about the African-American experience in coming months to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The films, part of the “Created Equal: Amercia’s Civil Rights Struggle,” will air at the Detroit Historical Museum. Admission is free to Wayne County residents.

“Slavery by Another Name,” at 1 p.m. March 8 and 9, focuses on unpaid labor by Southern black men in pre-World War II America and “Freedom Riders,” at 1 p.m. April 12 and 13, examines the stories of men and women who braved serious injury and death during the 1950s and ’60s.

The series concludes with “The Loving Story,” at 1 p.m. May 10 and 11. It’s about a Virginia couple’s challenge of that state’s marriage laws in the late 1950s.

All films include discussions after the screenings moderated by scholars or those who lived through the times shown in the movies.

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