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Final Film in Series that Marks 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

 
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – March 10, 2014 – The final film of the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” series is “The Loving Story,” to be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in Salón Cassia.
 
“The Loving Story” is a moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia (1967) which overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the United States.
 
Dr. William F. Strong, Professor and Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Communication, will lead a discussion on “The Loving Story.”
 
The series is provided by a grant to the UTB Library through the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
UTB is among 500 libraries and humanities organizations to receive the four-piece documentary film set offered by NEH in partnership with Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
 
“The purpose of this series is to encourage communities throughout the nation to reflect on the ideals of freedom, equality and citizenship,” said Milagro Hernandez, Library Events and Exhibits Coordinator.
 
Hernandez was among the team, including Annabel Treviño, University Librarian, Joel Chirinos, Reference and Instruction Librarian and Ezequiel Melgoza, Periodicals and ILL Librarian, that worked to receive the NEH grant. 
 
“This grant will impact the university by educating students on the importance of race in the creation of American democracy,” said Chirinos. “It will also show the power of individuals to effect change and illustrate the historical contexts in which Americans have struggled with ideas of freedom, equality and citizenship.”
 
The “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” project was developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities to mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
 
Parking is across University Boulevard. Refreshments will be served.
 
For more information on the screenings, contact Millie Hernandez at 956-882-7104 or milagro.hernandez@utb.edu.

 

 

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