CASPER COLLEGE TO HOST SPECIAL FILM SERIES
Casper College will be one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The first film in the three-part series “The Abolitionists” will be shown on Monday, Nov. 18 beginning at 7 p.m.
“This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. To honor that and spark public conversations about the evolving meaning of freedom and equality in the United States, Casper College will show three documentaries spanning the 1830s-1960s,” said Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, Casper College history instructor, who will facilitate discussion of the issues highlighted by the films.
According to information provided by the National Endowment of the Humanities, “’The Abolitionists’ vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three-episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement – or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin;’ and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.”
“The Abolitionists” will be shown in the Sharon D. Nichols Auditorium, Room 160 in the McMurry Career Studies Center and is free and open to the public.
The Created Equal film series 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 Lehrman Institute of American History.