Henderson State University was recently selected as one of four institutions in the state for a grant entitled "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle."
"This grant is based on four films and four shows and panel discussions," said David Sesser, technical services coordinator with HSU's Huie Library.
According to Sesser, the events will cover different stages of the Civil Rights struggle.
The events will also commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
"We plan on having three programs by the end of the school year in May," Sesser said.
The grant is for approximately $1,200 and will include the cost of the films and the viewing privileges.
Topics to be addressed will include:
• "Freedom Riders of 1961." This documentary film will offer an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the deep south.
• "The Loving Story," which will focus on a couple arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia's ban on interracial marriage.
• "Slavery By Another Name" will focus on the life of African Americans after slavery ceased.
A search is underway for community members who have first-hand knowledge or experience with the three topics.
"What we want is some local flavor in our discussions," said Sesser.
Participants are invited to share their experiences as it relates to the topics discussed.
"Each of the presentations is going to have at least parts of one of the films. We also want to have a discussion with someone who was there or someone who is an expert on that particular topic to kind of lead the discussion or at least heavily participate in the discussion," said Sesser.
According to Sesser, the event is not designed to be a lecture.
"It's a discussion between as many people as we can get involved," Sesser said.
As of right now, dates have not been set for the events. If anyone would like to participate in any of the discussions, contact Sesser at (870) 230-5318
Admission to the films is free and open to the public.