The road to civil rights

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This 1961 photograph shows a Freedom Rider bus that went up in flames when a fire bomb was tossed through a window near Anniston, Ala. “Freedom Riders,” Stanley Nelson’s 2011 film, documents the activists who defied the segregation of the South in the 1960s. The documentary will screen Aug. 19 at Lake Dallas City Hall as part of the a free film series.

Area library offers free film series

The Lake Cities Library will screen three documentaries with recently uncovered footage depicting the American civil rights movement and struggles. The documentaries are a part of a national initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” led by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The series of screenings started last month with The Abolitionists. The library will screen Slavery by Another Name at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St.

The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is based on the 2009 book by Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans From the Civil War to World War II. The book examines the history of black men arrested under laws that critics say ushered thousands into prison and, eventually, into involuntary servitude in coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards and other industrial spots looking for cheap labor.

The documentary by director and producer Sam Pollard, executive producer Catherine Allan and co-executive director Blackmon is 90 minutes long.

The screenings are free. The library will screen The Freedom Riders at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, and The Loving Couple at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

— Staff report

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