SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- As part of the co-hosted series of programming, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” the Fanwood Memorial Library & the Scotch Plains Public Library will screen the film, Freedom Riders. The March 19 showing will be at Scotch Plains Public Library at 7:00 p.m. An additional showing will be on Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m. at Scotch Plains.

The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. Based on Raymond Arsenault’s recent book, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South. Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. Mark Samels, executive producer for American Experience, WGBH.

The Scotch Plains Public Library and the Fanwood Memorial Library have received a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History along with 473 other communities nation-wide to present a series of programming called Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is 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. This series is also supported in part by the Friends groups of both the Fanwood Memorial Library and the Scotch Plains Public Library.

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The NEH’s Created Equal project uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. The four films that anchor this project tell the remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo, from slavery to segregation.

Along with multiple screenings of all four film and discussions about them at both libraries, events will also include some very special community conversations, lectures, concerts, book discussions and more. Details about all of the screenings and other programs in the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle series are available here.