Created Equal: Americaâ??s Struggle for Civil Rights this Saturday in Culpeper

This Saturday, Jan. 31, the series Created Equal: Americaâ??s Struggle for Civil Rights, will feature Dr. Oliver Hill, Jr. as the guest speaker. During this kickoff program the acclaimed PBS documentary, Slavery By Another Name, will be shown. Event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Germannâ??s Daniel Technology Center.

Oliver W. Hill, Jr., Ph.D. is a professor and former chair of the Psychology Department at Virginia State University. He received his undergraduate training at Howard University in Washington, DC, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Hill is particularly interested in fostering the concept of quality education as a civil right. For more than 30 years he has volunteered his services in prisons around the country teaching meditation and yoga. He is the son of the famous civil rights lawyer, Oliver W. Hill, Sr., who was part of the team of lawyers who helped to bring about school desegregation in the United States when they argued the Brown v. Board of Education case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Moderator for the program is Culpeperâ??s own Dr. Hortense Hinton-Jackson. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Hill will be joined by several panelists including Dr. Betty Kilby Baldwin, Dr. Richard Gossweiler, Chris Williams, Nan Butler Roberts, Mary Richards, Rebecca Gilmore Coleman, Phoebe Kilby and Zann Nelson.

Each of the panelists has their own intriguing story and interest in the civil rights struggle for all Americans. Dr. Betty Kilby Baldwin as a 13-year-old girl in Warren County, VA in the 1950s was a plaintiff in the case of Betty Ann Kilby vs. Warren County Board of Education, one of the many desegregation cases that followed the landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education case. Dr. Kilby will also be a featured guest at the Culpeper County Library on February 7 at 3 p.m.

Mrs. Rebecca Gilmore Coleman has been instrumental in the development of the African American story at Montpelier and particularly the restoration and interpretation of the Gilmore Cabin as part of Montpelierâ??s vast heritage.

The series Created Equal: Americaâ??s Struggle for Civil Rights is co-sponsored by the Culpeper County Library, Zann Nelson of History Quest and the Germanna Community College and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History.

Those that pre-register for the free event will receive a complimentary lunch. To pre-register, call the Library at 540.825.8691. For more information visit
Please plan to attend one or all of the free programs: Jan. 31; Feb. 28 and Mar. 7.