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Library to have series of events on Civil Rights struggle

Posted: January 8, 2014 - 11:32am

Throughout January, the Nancy Carson Library will play host to Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.

The library was one of 500 locations selected to participate in the grant program sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The library had to complete an application and was notified in October that it was among those selected, said library manager Barbara Walker.

The program fits into the library’s quest to provide a variety of history programs, she added.

“It’s become a part of our standard here to do as many history-related programs as possible,” she said. “It helps students, teachers and the general public.”

The month-long program includes speakers Joseph McGill, a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Ron Roth, an independent curator and consultant.

In addition, films will be shown addressing the fight for civil rights including abolition, Freedom Riders, and the legal battles interracial couples faced.

Walker encourages the community to participate.

“It has a lot of different things people would find interesting and spark some conversations,” she said.

For more information, call (803) 279-5767.

CREATED EQUAL: AMERICA’S CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE

TUESDAY: 7 p.m., lecture by Joseph McGill on the Civil War and Reconstruction

JAN. 16: 7 p.m., showing of The Loving Story, a film on the legal battles faced by a couple in Virginia, where interracial marriage was illegal

JAN. 21: 7 p.m., showing of The Abolitionists Part I, a film chronicling the work of those who aided in the work against slavery

JAN. 24: Noon, lecture by Ron Roth, on abolitionists

JAN. 28: 7 p.m., showing of The Abolitionists Part II

JAN. 30: 6:30 p.m., showing of Freedom Riders, a film on blacks and whites who challenged travel laws in segregated areas

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