LSU Libraries to Host Events Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

01/15/2014 08:35 AM

BATON ROUGE – To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, LSU Libraries is hosting two events on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall to kick start the National Endowment for the Humanities, or NEH, grant-funded, film-based program, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.”


Maxine Crump, CEO and President of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, will moderate the first event, which is a public forum that includes a showing of film clips and a discussion about the LPB documentary, “Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott.” This event, held from noon to 1:15 p.m., is designed to encourage community members and students to explore events and concepts from the film, relate those issues to today’s climate of racial and cultural divides, and to discuss visions for future community relationships.


The second event, held at 6:30 p.m., will be a full screening of the film, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.” On site at the event, visitors can also see the exhibit, “The Relentless Pursuit of ‘Equal:’ Integrating LSU,” hosted by LSU Libraries Special Collections to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. The exhibit features archival materials and oral histories that trace the evolution of LSU from an institution embracing an official policy of racial segregation, to one actively promoting the concept of “cultural inclusion.” For more information about the exhibition, visit


For more information about the schedules for the remaining four documentaries to be featured the Created Equal film-based program, visit or call 225-578-6544.





Contact Aaron Looney
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014