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February 1, 2014

Films on civil rights era to be screened at Missouri Southern

JOPLIN, Mo. — A series of documentary films that chronicle the civil rights movement in America will be shown this month at Missouri Southern State University. It is part of the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” grant that was recently awarded to Spiva Library.

Each of the three events this month will include film clips and a discussion at noon on their respective days in Cornell Auditorium in Plaster Hall.

A screening of the full film and a discussion will be offered at 7 p.m. on those days in Phelps Theatre, located in Billingsly Student Center.

All of the programs are free and open to the public.

The films are:

• “Slavery by Another Name” on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The film focuses on new forms of forced labor that kept thousands of African-Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II.

The discussion will be led by Norton Wheeler, an associate professor at MSSU who teaches courses in Asian and U.S. history. His current research projects involve Frederick Douglass and George Washington Carver.

• “The Loving Story” on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The film is the account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision that overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the United States.

The discussion will be led by Ree Wells-Lewis, a sociology professor at Missouri Southern.

• “Freedom Riders” on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Based on Raymond Arsenault’s book, the documentary offers an inside look at the band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South.

The discussion will be led by Steven Wagner, a professor of history at Missouri Southern who teaches a variety of courses in 20th-century U.S. history, including the civil rights era.

Program support

THE FILM SERIES was made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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