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CSU Department of History and Geography will hold film series to commemorate Civil Rights Era

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University's Department of History and Geography will hold a film series to commemorate the Civil Rights Era. Dr. John Ellisor, Dr. Patrick Luck and Dr. Gary Sprayberry will screen, Slavery by Another Name. The 2012 documentary focuses on forms of forced labor that kept thousands of African-Americans in bondage until World War II. 

The event will take place on February 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Columbus Public Library Auditorium. As a continuation of last fall's Civil Rights Speaker Series, the Carson McCullers Center, CSU's Department of History and Geography will screen a series of free films with an opportunity for audience members to discuss their content. The films are part of Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle, a program 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. The series will continue on the third Tuesday of every month. 

Other offerings to be screened are:

March 18 — Freedom Riders, 7 p.m., Liberty Theatre (813 8th Avenue). The 2011 Emmy-winning documentary, from the American Experience series on PBS, focuses on the violence-plagued Freedom Rider protests of 1961.

April 22 — The Loving Story, 7 p.m., Columbus Public Library Auditorium (3000 Macon Road). The 2011 Emmy-nominated documentary chronicles the struggles of a couple, arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage, which led to a landmark Supreme Court decision allowing such unions. 

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