Press Release 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (92/17/14)

WNYMuslims Presents ‘Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle’ a Film Screening and Discussion Program

Buffalo, NY 02/17/14 - To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, WNYMuslims will be offering a series of Film screenings and public discussions centered around four documentaries with riveting footage illustrating the history of civil rights in America. 

The next discussion in the series will be about The Loving Story on Wednesday, February 19th at 6:00 PM at Canisius College Grupp Fireside Lounge (2nd Floor of Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center).  The discussion will be facilitated by community members and local scholars including Professor Victoria Wolcott of the University at Buffalo, Harold McNelil of the Buffalo News, and Professor Faizan Haq of the University at Buffalo.  Program details and a registration form can be found at http://wnymuslims.org/event/createdequal/.  

For those who were unable to attend the screening of the film on February 10th, the full film can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9S3h2m7khQ, and a clip reel can be viewed at http://createdequal.neh.gov/films/loving-story.

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.  It is also presented in partnership with the University at Buffalo’s Muslim Student Association and the Canisius College Organization of Arab Students in Solidarity.  Created Equal utilizes the power of documentary film to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history and its relevancy in today’s society.

WNYMuslims is one of 473 institutions across the country awarded a set of four films chronicling the history of the civil rights movement. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story,include dramatic scenes of the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights.  WNYMuslims’ Created Equal program will feature a screening and discussion of all four of the films

A full list of program dates, times, locations and a registration form can be found at http://wnymuslims.org/event/createdequal/.  Please do register if you plan on attending any of the screenings and discussions.  More detailed information on each of the films can be found at http://createdequal.neh.gov/.  Three of the four films can also be viewed in their entirety at this website for those who plan to attend discussions but cannot attend the film screening. 

About WNYMuslims

WNYMuslims is a community based organization that serves Western New York by creating awareness, encouraging diversity, and providing service. Our mission is to empower Muslims and non-Muslims to voice, connect, and contribute by utilizing creative media.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in the teaching and learning of American history. Programs include publications, teacher seminars, a national Affiliate School Program, traveling exhibitions, and online materials for teachers, students, and the general public. www.gilderlehrman.org.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. www.neh.gov.

Contact:

Samantha Long 
samanthal@wnymuslims.org
(716) 923-4386