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For Immediate Release: January 22, 2014


Providence College to Host Historic Film and Panel Discussion on American Civil Rights   


Providence, R.I. — Providence College is sponsoring a number of programs in the spirit of honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A couple of special events will be taking place in conjunction with the College recently being selected by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Bridging Cultures Initiative of the National Endowment of Humanities (NEH), and which has received  the “Created Equal: America’s Rights Struggle” film set and a $1,200 program stipend, holding public conversations about the films.


  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014, there will be a screening of Freedom Riders, a documentary that chronicles a crucial, devastating episode of the civil rights movement in the early 1960s. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Slavin Center’s ’64 Hall on campus. A group discussion will immediately follow the film.
  • Thursday, January 30, 2014, PC will welcome Freedom Riders – Paul Breines, Jean Denton-Thompson, and Ellen Ziskind, to campus to discuss their experiences about risking their lives for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South in 1961. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, the Great Room. There will be a Q & A immediately following the panel discussion. This event will be streamed LIVE on PC’s website at 

PC joins a national initiative to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in U.S. history and civic life. Events such as these further the College’s “Embracing Diversity” strategic goal and objectives by offering an opportunity for community interactions and discussions to facilitate greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the value of diverse perspectives and voices.

Led by Dr. Margaret Manchester, chair and assistant professor of History; the project team includes: Dr. Patrick Breen, assistant professor of History; Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery, associate professor of Black Studies and Political Science; Raphael Zapata, associate vice president of the Office of Institutional Diversity; Beatrice Pulliam, Russell Franks, and Julia Kliever, all with Phillips Memorial Library. The NAACP/Providence Branch is a community partner.

Each event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the History Department at 401-865-2193.


​​Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs, Community and Government Relations
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