JBPHH Library ‘Created Equal’ series ends Saturday

(Via Ho’okele News)

Saturday is the last showing in the "Created Equal" series at the library. MWR Marketing photo

Justin Hirai

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

The Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Library will host its free finale of four documentary and film discussions for the “Created Equal” series beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The series, documenting the civil rights struggle in America, has been sponsored by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities and featured a guest speaker for each film. The film shown tomorrow will be “The Abolitionists,” and the discussion will be led by Mitch Yamasaki of Chaminade University.

“The Abolitionists” captures the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery, which began in 1830. The video uses reenactments and narration to describe the lives and feelings of Lloyd Garrison, an England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, a former slave, author and activist; Angelina Grimke, the daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”; and “John Brown”, who was executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry.

Phyllis Frenzel, head librarian, said that regardless of a person’s ethnicity or race, watching this series will be an eye-opener.

Yamasaki is currently a professor of history and director of applied humanities research and grants at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

He has been a part of many organizations, such as the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Hawaii Council for History Education.

Yamasaki has also worked on publications focusing on America’s civil rights movement. He will lend insight during the viewing and will lead a discussion of the film after its conclusion.

Full-length versions of the four documentaries in the series will also be available for borrowing. For more information, call the library at 449-8299.

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