The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Stonecrest Library a set of four riveting documentaries about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in America. The library, located at 3123 Klondike Road in Lithonia, will begin screenings and discussions of the films in spring 2014.
The four documentaries—The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders and The Loving Story—make up Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, an initiative of the NEH that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Each tells remarkable stories of people who challenged the social and legal status quo of deeply-rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012. The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.
“We are very excited to present these films to our patrons.” said Stonecrest Library Branch Manager Teresa Totten. “They chronicle the long and sometimes dangerous struggle in dramatic and moving footage. They offer such an amazing way to engender discussion, understanding and appreciation for this period of U.S. history.”
From a press release by the DeKalb County Public Library system