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Created Equal


Los Angeles Public Library
in collaboration with
National Endowment for the Humanities and the
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History proudly presents the program series

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

To mark the150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, Los Angeles Public Library will host a new program series developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history.



August 13, 2016 1:00PM to 3:30PM

"Slavery by Another Name," the final film in the NEH Created Equal grant will be shown. The 90-minute documentary, narrated by Laurence Fishburne, challenges the assumption that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. After the Civil War ended, new systems of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force and brutality. For more than 80 years, thousands of of African Americans, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of their owners.  Tolerated by the North and South, forced labor lasted will into the 20th Century.

A discussion and a light lunch will follow the film. RSVP is required: 310/459-2754.

Free admission to all events.

The "Created Equal" film set and public programs have been made possible by a major grant from 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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