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RPL to Present Civil Rights Film Thursday

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The Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at Arkansas Tech University will offer a screening of a film entitled "The Abolitionists" on Thursday, Feb. 27. The screening will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300. Dr. Jeff Pearson, assistant professor of history at Arkansas Tech, will lead a post-screening discussion. Admission will be free and open to the public. Thursday's event is the first in a film series entitled “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” during the spring 2014 semester. “Created Equal” is part of the Bridging Cultures initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities, produced in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. Below are the names of the additional films in the series, as well as the dates and times they will be available for viewing at the Pendergraft Library and Technology Center:

  • “Slavery By Another Name,” Tuesday, March 18, 2:30 p.m.
  • “The Loving Story,” Tuesday, April 8, 2:30 p.m.
  • “Freedom Riders,” Tuesday, April 22, 2:30 p.m.
Each film screening will take place in Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300, and each screening will be accompanied by a discussion led by a member of the Arkansas Tech faculty. Dr. Pete Dykema, Dr. James Moses and Dr. V. Carole Smith are among the other faculty members scheduled to lead the discussions. For more information, call (479) 964-0569, send e-mail to or visit