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Beaumont Libraries are hosting a documentary film series centered on the civil rights movement.

The Beaumont Public Library System is hosting a documentary film and forum series on the civil rights movement. The films introduce riveting  footage illustrating this important time in American history.

The forums will be hosted on six dates throughout Beaumont through February.

  • Saturday, Jan. 11: “Slavery By Another Name” at Theodore Johns Library, 4255 Fannett Road
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m.: “Freedom Riders” at the Main Library, 801 Pearl St.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m.: “Abolitionists” at the Tyrrell Historical Library, 695 Pearl St.
  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 p.m.: “Freedom Riders” at Elmo Willard Library, 3590 East Lucas Drive
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-4 p.m.: Panel Discussion* to be held at the Theodore Johns Library, 4255 Fannett Road
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m.: “The Loving Story” at R.C. Miller Memorial Library, 1605 Dowlen Road

The Beaumont Public Library System is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded this set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. “Freedom Riders” received an Emmy in 2012, and “The Loving Story” and “The Abolitionists” received Emmy nominations for 2013.

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.

“These films chronicle the long and sometimes violent effort to achieve the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—for all Americans,” said Geri Roberts, Assistant Library Administrator. “We are pleased to receive a grant from NEH to provide programming around these films. The National Endowment for the Humanities initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” will provide the resources to enrich the lives of community members in Beaumont.”

For more information on the “Created Equal” program, including clips of the featured films, visit www.createdequal.neh.gov. For more information on the local series, call  409-892-4988.

* The panel discussion will address the four films in the Created Equal series:

  • Robert J. Robertson is adjunct professor for American history at Lamar University. He is also a business man, writer, and leader in local history affairs. He is vice president of the J.S. Edwards and Sherlock Insurance Agency, former president of the Tyrrell Historical Association, and a member of the Texas Gulf Historical Society, and the Beaumont History Conference. He has written on immigration, slavery, politics, and civil rights. His publications include “Her Majesty’s Texans: Two English Immigrants in Reconstruction Texas”, and “Fair Ways: How Six Black Golfers Won Civil Rights in Beaumont, Texas”.
  • Lucy Dennis is a local civil rights author. One of her publications is “Tracks of His Tears”. She is working on turning this into a screenplay, and working on her next publication.
  • Debra Queen, Ph.D is the outreach coordinator for the Best Years Center in Beaumont. Debra has a Ph.D in adult learning theory. She worked in Beaumont schools during the civil rights challenges of the 1980s and 1990s.

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The Beaumont Public Library System’s mission is to link the citizens of Beaumont with resources that will enrich their lives. We offer programs for children and adults, along with books, audiobooks, digital books and games, and movies.

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places.