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Free Civil Rights Film Sets, and $1,200 Grant Opportunity from NEH

2013 April 15
by Katherine Adelberg

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History,  is offering a special grant opportunity to up to 500 communities across the nation.  Grant awardees will receive a packaged set of films on Civil Rights history, accompanied by programming funds for activities exploring the history of race and equality in the U.S.

The grants are open to public, academic, and community college libraries, as well as museums and other nonprofits.  Applications must be received before May 1, 2013.

The films featured in the set are The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders.  Additionally, a grant of up to $1,200 is offered for programming, along with access to marketing tools, and an orientation webinar.  Grantees are expected to:

  • develop at least three film-screening and discussion events related to civil rights history
  • offer the programs free-of-charge to the general public

Part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ ongoing Bridging Cultures initiative, the grant program will encourage communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in the U.S. and to reflect on the ideals of freedom and equality central to American life.

For full details and for application materials, visit the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle grant page.

Questions?  Contact Beth Huffer, Coordinator of Exhibitions and Multimedia Publications at The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  Telephone her at (646) 366-9666, extension 38, or email


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