VFH Presents: A Republic Corrupted at Birth
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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities welcomes you to our first online social screening, A Republic Corrupted at Birth.
This special screening of selections from the PBS documentaries, The Abolitionists and Freedom Riders, presents a discussion of the human rights struggle beginning in slavery and culminating with the 1960s civil rights movement.
The online discussion and the platform used to host the screening, OVEE, provide a new opportunity of digital access to scholarship across the Commonwealth.
Sen. Tim Kaine Introduces the Created Equal Project
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduces the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Created Equal Project. The initiative showcases powerful NEH-funded films, including The Abolitionists, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story — films that provide a deeper understanding of African American history and the American story.
The Abolitionists, Part 3, Chapter 1
Abolitionist allies Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown and Angelina Grimké turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
The Inspiration: A Short Film from Freedom Riders
Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent movement to free India from British colonial rule inspired American civil rights activists who had immersed themselves in Ghandi's teachings and viewed non-violence as an effective way to challenge the tyranny of the Jim Crow South.
The Pioneers: A Short Film from Freedom Riders
In April 1947 sixteen men - eight black and eight white - boarded a bus in Washington, DC to test compliance with a recent Supreme Court ruling that outlawed segregation on interstate bus travel. Their effort blazed a trail for the Freedom Riders who followed in their footsteps nearly fifteen years later.
The Tactic: A Short Film from Freedom Riders
Former civil rights activists raised in the South recount how their commitment to nonviolence was sorely tested by the extreme hostility and mob violence they encountered.
- Steve Goldbloom
Manager of Innovation & Business Development at the Independent Television Service in San Francisco.
- Renee Gasch
- Steve G
- Leondra Burchall
Director of African American Programs at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
- Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander
History Professor and Director, Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies, Norfolk State University
- Dr. Peter Wallenstein
Professor of History at Virginia Tech
- Lacy Ward, Jr.
Director, Robert Russa Moton Museum and Center for the Study of Civil Rights in Education
- Jennifer Samani
- Leondra Burchall
The views and opinions expressed in this online screening are those of the presenters and participants, and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of ITVS, public broadcasting, or any entities hosting the screening.