Rosa Parks made history Dec. 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in the black section of a Montgomery, Ala., bus. Her nonviolent protest and the ensuing legal challenge to racial segregation kick-started the civil rights movement with an ironic tinge: America was an infrastructurally advanced nation where public transportation was available to practically everybody--but equality under the law was not.
Monday, Jan. 20, was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for the whole week, Boise State University is hosting a series of films designed to inspire and provoke discussion in the spirit of the civil rights movement and the long shadow it has cast over American values, collectively titled Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle.
Wednesday, Jan. 22, the public is invited to a screening of "The Abolitionists," an installment of PBS' The American Experience series about the 19th century Americans who opposed the South's "peculiar institution" of slavery as tensions between the North and South escalated into violence.
Thursday, Jan. 23, view Slavery by Another Name, the 2012 documentary that chronicles how de facto slavery persisted in America well after the conclusion of the Civil War and well into Reconstruction.
Wednesday, Jan. 29, check out Freedom Riders, the 2010 PBS documentary about a group of activists who rode interstate buses into Southern states to test the enforcement of segregation and brought international attention to racial inequality in America.