Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
(February 13 - October 14, 2014)

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What is Created Equal all about?

(we're watching and discussing four outstanding films on the civil rights movement in Middletown and Oxford in 2014)

Why do these films matter to all Americans?

(learn more from Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Attend screenings and discussion of the films!

(interact with our distinguished scholars at the following five screenings)

The Loving Story
Dr. Brian Domino, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Campus Community Center, MU-Middletown

Freedom Riders (see this guide for more information and related resources)
Dr. Caryn Neumann, Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Campus Community Center, MU-Middletown

Freedom Riders (see this guide for more information and related resources)
Ms. Jenny Presnell & Dr. Caryn Neumann, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:00pm-7:30pm, 320 King Library, MU-Oxford

The Abolitionists
Dr. Linh Dich, Monday, September 22, 2014, 5:00pm-7:00pm, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Middletown Campus

Slavery by Another Name
Dr. Helane Androne, Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Robert "Sonny" Hill Jr. Community Center, Middletown

Watch excerpts from the four films!

(see the Created Equal Excerpt Reel)

Created Equal Film Snippets

Learn more about Created Equal

Miami University Middletown’s Gardner-Harvey Library will offer civil rights documentary screenings in partnership with Robert “Sonny” Hill Community Center, Cincinnati State Community and Technical College, and Miami’s Oxford Campus. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.

Miami Middletown is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. Film screenings will begin in February 2014, linked to Black History Month, and conclude in October 2014, linked to Character Counts Month and Diversity Awareness Month. Following each screening, experts will engage Middletown residents and Miami University and Cincinnati State students in discussions of how the civil rights struggle continues to influence society.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the sites.

Each of the films was produced with NEH support, and each tells remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Created Equal programs bring communities together to revisit our shared history and help bridge deep racial and cultural divides in American civic life. Visit for more information.

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