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American Civil Rights Movement Explored in Series of Film Screenings and Presentations at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
Brenda Hazard (518) 629-7388,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

The Dwight Marvin Library at Hudson Valley Community College hosts “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” a series of moderated film screenings and presentations by leading civil rights scholars, during February and March on campus and at locations in the city of Troy. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Based on the highly acclaimed documentaries, The Abolitionists and Slavery by Another Name, programs in the series focus on the early years of the Civil Rights movement: the abolition effort during the 1830s up to the eradication of forced black labor following World War II.

Moderated film screenings of The Abolitionists take place on Monday, Feb. 9, Thursday, Feb. 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 17.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, Manisha Sinha, Ph.D., professor of Afro-American Studies and History at the University of Massachusetts, presents “The Abolitionists: Forgotten Emancipationists.” Sinha explores the long abolitionist struggle for black freedom, arguing that the abolitionists are the forgotten emancipationists in the story of the destruction of slavery.

Moderated screenings of Slavery by Another Name are scheduled for March 3, 5, and 11, followed by reflections on the themes of the film by Dr. Oscar R. Williams, associate professor and chair of the Africana Studies Department at the University at Albany on Tuesday, March 17.

Professor Sheila Curran Bernard, screenwriter of Slavery by Another Name and a professor of history and documentary studies at U Albany, discusses the writing and making of the film on Wednesday, March 25 in her talk titled, “Documentary Storytelling and Slavery By Another Name: A Case Study.”

For details about all of these programs, go to

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History.

Created Equal continues next fall with screenings and discussions of the documentaries, Freedom Riders and The Loving Story, covering the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

The national touring exhibition, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and The March on Washington, 1963” will be on display in the Marvin Library from August 24 to October 2, 2015. It can be seen during regular library hours.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.