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The Abolitionists - Community Conversation

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November 17, 2013

The Historical Society of Rockland County invites our members to attend the

African American Historical Society
of Rockland County's Film Screening
and Community Conversation with

Professor Gerald McCarthy of the AAHSRC

Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m.

Professor McCarthy will show a segment from
The Abolitionists, the first film in the Created Equal series, and will lead a discussion with the audience about the issues and ideas raised in the film.

The event is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary film to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. A series of films was produced with NEH support that offers an intriguing look at men and women who risked their lives to abolish slavery decades before the American Civil War. Each one helps viewers to take a renewed interest in our history and the struggle for civil rights in America. NEH has partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to help disseminate the films throughout the community.

Gerald McCarthy is a Professor of English at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he taught a workshop in creative writing at Attica Prison for three years, where his interest in African American Literature was sparked. He has been selected for a Gilder Lehrman Seminar on Slavery and Its Abolition at Yale University directed by David Blight (2010) and for an NEH Institute on African American History and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry (2013). He teaches courses in African American Literature, American Identities—Diversity and Race, Creative Writing and Freshman Writing. His books of poetry include War Story, Shoetown and Trouble Light (2008). He is at work on a book-length study of Home and Homecoming in African American Literature and was recently elected to the executive board of the African American Historical Society of Rockland County.

Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact: PIERMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY, 25 FLYWHEEL PARK WEST, PIERMONT, NY (845) 359-4595. 

2013 Abolitionists Conversation Flyer


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