February 1, 2016, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson
County Community College (HCCC) will present Freedom Riders, the fourth and final film in the series, “Created
Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” on Monday, February 29 at 3 p.m. The
film will be shown on the sixth floor of the College’s Library Building at 71
Sip Avenue – just one block from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center
in Jersey City. A discussion of the film led by Grace Patterson, the former
Director of the College’s Library, will accompany the screening, which is open
to the HCCC community and the general public; there is no charge for admission.
The “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights
Struggle” initiative marked the 50
anniversary of Martin Luther
King, Jr.’s March on Washington, and was made possible by a grant to the
College from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Gilder
Lehrman Institute of American History. Hudson County Community College was one
of only 473 institutions nationwide awarded the collection of four films, which
Slavery by Another Name,
The Loving Story.
The initiative was
developed using powerful documentary films to spark discussions about the
changing meanings of freedom and equality.
the Emmy-award winning historical documentary directed by Stanley Nelson about
the courageous band of civil rights activists who
challenged segregation in the American South in 1961. The film is based in part
on the book by historian Raymond Arsenault titled Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. The term, “Freedom Riders” refers to hundreds
of interracial activists who traveled together in small groups sitting where
they chose on trains and buses to challenge the racial segregation that
Additional information on
“Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights
Struggle” and the screening of Freedom
Riders may be obtained by contacting John DeLooper, HCCC Director of
Library Technology, at (201) 360-4723.