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Civil rights documentaries begin in Drinko Library

On October 13, 2013

Two documentaries that are part of a national program to stimulate conversation about the civil rights struggle in America will be shown starting Monday.

The screenings are a part of the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” program. The program is part of a grant that allows 473 institutions around the country to screen four documentaries.

The first documentary, “The Abolitionists,” will be shown Monday in the Drinko Library Auditorium from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, “Slave By Another Name,” will be shown at the auditorium at the same time. Attendance to the screenings is free and open to the public.

“Both of these films shed a lot of light on American history,” Chris Hodge, library technician and planner of the event, said.

On Wednesday, Dr. David J. Trowbridge, director of the African and African American Studies program at Marshall, and Burnis Morris, Carter G. Woodson Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, will be joined by Sylvia Ridgeway to lead a discussion related to civil rights in America.

Ridgeway, who is a Huntington resident and Marshall alumna, is the president of the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People. The discussion will be held in the Drinko Auditorium from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

The discussion will be immediately followed by a public reception in the Drinko Library Atrium. Students, faculty, staff and people from the community will have the opportunity to interact and chat about the importance of civil rights in the United States. Marshall University Libraries will be providing beverages and light refreshments.

Shannon Stowers can be contacted at


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