The documentary, The Abolitionists, will be screened on Tuesday April 28 at the College; all members of the College community and general public are invited to attend.

Posted: 4/16/2015
Jennifer Christopher
April 16, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will present the second of four nationally acclaimed documentaries depicting milestones in the American civil rights movement on Tuesday, April 28  at 12:00 p.m. The film The Abolitionists will be introduced by Yeurys Pujols, the Executive Director of the North Hudson Higher Education Center at the College, who will also lead a discussion after the film.

The screening will be held at 4800 Kennedy Boulevard in Union City, in the Student Lounge on the second floor. The College community and the general public are invited to attend. There is no charge for admission.  

The event is the second in the four-part, film-and-discussion series, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” which has been made possible by a grant to the HCCC Library from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History.

The Abolitionists is a three-hour documentary which, upon its release in 2013, marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It is a three-part series which reenacts the activities of five personalities in the anti-slavery movement:
•    John Brown, who led a raid at Harpers Ferry by seizing a United States arsenal and was executed for treason
•    Frederick Douglass, former slave, author and activist
•    William Lloyd Garrison, editor of The Liberator
•    Angelina Grimké, daughter of a wealthy South Carolina slaveholder
•    Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin

“Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” is a NEH initiative that uses powerful documentary films to encourage discussions about the changing meanings of freedom and equality. NEH partnered with the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History to develop programmatic and support materials for the grant awardees.

Hudson County Community College’s Library was one of 473 institutions in the United States to be awarded a collection of four films chronicling the history of the country’s civil rights movement. The other documentaries in the collection are the Emmy Award-nominated The Loving Story, Slavery by Another Name, and the Emmy Award-winning Freedom Riders.

Additional information on the award of “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” to Hudson County Community College, and films may be obtained by contacting HCCC Librarians Clifford Brooks or John DeLooper at 201-360-4723.