To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, on Tuesday, January 21, LSU Libraries is hosting two events at Hill Memorial Library to kick start the National Endowment for the Humanities (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, 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 12:00-1:15, 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 pm, will be a full screening of the film.
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 audio clips from 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, please click here. For more information about the schedules for the remaining four documentaries to be featured the Created Equal film-based program, please visit http://www.lib.lsu.edu/sp/subjects/createdequal.
LSU Libraries is honored that Maxine Crump is facilitating the first event. Not only was Maxine a history-maker herself when she became the first African American to live in a dorm on LSU’s campus, but she continued blazing trails in her adult life. Maxine has more than twenty-five years of dedicated service in radio and television broadcasting, working in news, public relations, and media development. She has also produced her own program called Ascension on the Move. Maxine is a founding member of the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, is currently serving as president and CEO of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, and is owner of Success Communication. Maxine’s oral history interview is housed at the Williams Center for Oral History and she has conducted several important oral history interviews herself.