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American Civil Rights Movement is Subject of Film Screenings and Presentations at Hudson Valley Community College

Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
Brenda Hazard (518) 629-7388,

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a series of talks and film screenings, hosted by the Dwight Marvin Library at Hudson Valley Community College takes a look at civil rights and racism in America today while also examining the history of our nation’s civil rights movement.

All programs in this series are open to the public free of charge. For a complete schedule, go to

Talks will be presented by leading civil rights scholars, and the highly acclaimed documentary, Freedom Riders, will be screened and discussed.

The opening lecture, “The Four Horsemen of Structural Racism: Income Inequality, the Changing Structure of Cities, the Underdevelopment of Black Neighborhoods, and Individual White Racism – And How They Relate to the Ferguson, Missouri Case,” is presented by Henry Louis Taylor Jr. of the University at Buffalo, SUNY.

The series coincides with the national touring exhibit, “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963,” on display in the Marvin Library Learning Commons through October 2.

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.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 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.