Yes! In My Backyard Lecture

Branch Brook Park Alliance (Newark)
Lecture on the historic use of public parks as civic spaces to be held in association with Newark

Child Indentures as Social Welfare Exhibit

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (Madison)

Exhibit, catalog, and related programs exploring the social, cultural, and legal context surrounding the historical American practice of placing out orphans as indentured servants in the nineteenth century.


Digital Environmental Justice & Resource Archive

Ironbound Community Corporation (Newark). Expansion of the ICC Environmental Justice and History Resource Center located at the Newark Public Library through the digitization of videos, collection of oral histories, and organization of other materials related to issues of environmental justice in Newark. ICC will also sponsor a series of public events related to its ongoing work.

The Rule Documentary Film

Renaissance Newark Foundation, Inc. (Newark). Completion of a 90-minute documentary film on the history of Newark Abbey and it school, Saint Benedict’s Prep, exploring its potential to serve as a model for social justice in other inner cities. Film is intended for national PBS broadcast, educational distribution, and use at public events.

Speech and Hate Speech: Conflict Within the First Amendment

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Speech and Hate Speech: Conflict Within the First Amendment
Monroe Township Public Library, Monroe Township NJ

Screening and Discussion: Rescuing the River

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Screening and Discussion: Rescuing the River
Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains NJ

Face to Face: Community Conversations

Face to Face: Community Conversations is a community-based discussion program that encourages dialogue on issues central to civic life in New Jersey. This program features film screening/discussion events and supplementary activities that work together to foster and sustain meaningful public conversations.

Partners Needed – Apply Now!

Are you planning a civic celebration around the Independence Day holiday? Encourage your community to explore the evolving meaning of freedom, justice, and equality in American history! The Council will be sponsoring a series of free screening/discussion events around the state within the June 20 to July 18 time frame. All public libraries and nonprofit organizations working in partnership with a public library are eligible to apply. Interested organizations should submit an application on or before April 7. There is no cost to apply or participate in the program.

Please note, there are a limited number of spaces available in the program. The Council is looking to partner with capable and committed project teams, representing a diverse range of communities. Preference will be given to sites that have active community partners and have not previously been selected to participate in the Created Equal initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. If selected, you will receive one copy of a film for your library’s permanent collection with limited screening rights, marketing support from the Council, and a highly-qualified discussion facilitator. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Created Equal Film Collection

In 2013, the National Endowment for the Humanities, working in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, launched its Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle project. For the next three years, up to 500 communities across the nation will be hosting conversations centered on a curated collection of NEH-funded films.  This summer, Council-sponsored events will make use of the NEH’s Created Equal film collection.


The Abolitionists

A small group of moral reformers in the 1830s launched one of the most ambitious social movements imaginable: the immediate emancipation of millions of African Americans held in bondage, at a time when slavery was one of the most powerful economic and political forces in the United States. Produced and directed by Rob Rapley. Sharon Grimberg, executive producer for American Experience, WGBH.
Slavery by Another Name

Even as slavery ended in the south after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thousands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II. Based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same title by Douglas Blackmon. Produced and directed by Sam Pollard. Catherine Allan, executive producer for Twin Cities Public Television. Douglas A. Blackmon, co-executive producer. A production of TPT National Productions, in association with Two Dollars & A Dream, Inc.
The Loving Story

The moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia (1967) which overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the United States.  Directed by Nancy Buirski; produced by Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland James. A co-production of Augusta Films and HBO Films. Distributed by Icarus Films.
Freedom Riders 

The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. Based on Raymond Arsenault’s recent book, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South. Produced and directed by Stanley Nelson. Mark Samels, executive producer for American Experience, WGBH.

Justice and the Constitution

Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County (Edison)
Two-part lecture series exploring how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution over time with respect to issues of justice.

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