The College of Mount St. Joseph is excited to bring the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” documentaries showing new footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is creating unique opportunities for the community to learn about civil rights struggles during a series of presentations at the Mount.
On Thursday, April 10, Rick Momeyer, retired professor of philosophy at Miami University, and Allan Winkler, professor of history at Miami University, will speak on the topic, “Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Movement.” They will show clips of the film, “Freedom Riders.” Momeyer was a Freedom Rider in the 1960’s and will discuss his experience in the movement. Local folk singer, Tracy Walker, will also perform songs from the Civil Rights movement. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Mount’s Recital Hall.
“The college is very fortunate to be able to present two wonderful speakers to complement the content of the civil rights DVD titled ‘Freedom Riders.’ Thus students in the audience will be able to learn more firsthand about the bravery of those young men and women who stood side by side with African Americans in their struggle to gain equality,” said Paul Jenkins, director of library services at the Mount.
The event at the Mount is free and open to the public.