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Civil rights film series begins Jan. 20

A film discussion series that explores the history of civil rights and the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America begins Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The series, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," became available to the Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries through a 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.

The first film, the Emmy Award-winning documentary Freedom Riders, begins at 7 p.m. in the Bayley Room at Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. Hasan Jeffries, associate professor of history at the Ohio State University, will lead a discussion after the screening.

A free streaming copy of the first film in the series, Freedom Riders, is available online at ilms/freedom-riders. Advance screening is encouraged but not required prior to the event. The program is free and open to the public.

Other films in the series are The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name and The Loving Story. All of the films were produced with NEH support and each highlights individuals who challenged the racial, social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

For more information, contact Dee Peterson, coordinator of user services at the OWU Libraries, at 740-368-3240 or