It’s not hard to notice the celebrations Boise State has been holding in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In fact, there’s a whole website with events. One of these events is a film series which ran from Jan. 22-29. Titled “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” Film Series, this was available to students on behalf of the “Bridging Cultures” initiative via the Gilder-Lehman Institute.
The three films were shown on three different days, ending with a discussion at the conclusion of each film that was led by a community or faculty member.
The first of the three films was “The Abolitionists,” the story of the men and women who sought to end slavery.
The next film, “Slavery by Another Name,” was a documentary which spans from 1865 to 1945, telling the true story of slavery, and includes interviews from descendants of slaves and slave owners alike.
To bring the series to a close, “Freedom Riders” couldn’t have been a better choice. The movie is based on the true story of a group of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the South.
Each film gathered about 20 students, with the crowd growing larger as the series progressed.
It’s easy to forget the past, especially such a painful one. But it’s also very important to study and learn from the civil rights movement.
“While the celebration is certainly about the accomplishments of (Martin Luther King Jr.), what we try to emphasize through this celebration is the enduring relevance of the movement and the ideals that his actions meant to our nation and still mean to our future,” said Milaun Danclar, legacy delegate of the MLK Living Legacy Committee.
Being able to apply past events to current issues is what makes something like Martin Luther King Jr. Day so important. It’s a celebration that goes on nationwide, and Boise State isn’t the only school hoping to educate students about civil rights.
Danclar said, “They are great films and other schools all over the country are showing these films also.”
Although the film series is over, there are still events going on through February.
“Reflecting on the civil rights struggle that we are still engaged in through issues such as marriage equality and comprehensive immigration reform is about understanding and appreciating our common humanity, our common history and the future we create together,” Danclar said.
For more information on the MLK Living Legacy Celebration and other events associated with it, visit mlk.boisestate.edu.