Monday, February 10, 2014
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Drinko Library celebrates Black History Month with "Created Equal" film screenings

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's Drinko Library will celebrate Black History Month by screening two civil rights documentaries from the "Created Equal" film series on Marshall's Huntington campus beginning Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The powerful HBO documentary, "The Loving Story," will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Drinko Library Auditorium, room DL 402. "The Loving Story" narrates the life of Mildred and Richard Loving and the Supreme Court case that overturned bans on interracial marriage.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the inspirational PBS documentary, "Freedom Riders," will be shown in the Drinko Library Auditorium, room DL 402, at 6 p.m. "Freedom Riders" tells the story behind the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South.

Both screenings are free and open to the public, and the community is encouraged to attend.

Marshall University is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four powerful documentary films ("The Abolitionists," "Slavery by Another Name," "Freedom Riders" and "The Loving Story") as part of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" grant, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to spark public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America.