The Metropolitan Library System is presenting a series of screenings of the PBS documentary, “American Creed,” at library locations throughout Oklahoma County.
Each screening will be followed by a scholar-facilitated Community Conversation with local leaders.
In the documentary film, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deepening divides.
This is the schedule of the screenings:
• Thursday, June 9, at the Downtown Library from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.;
• Thursday, June 16, at the Capitol Hill Library from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.;
• Thursday, June 23, at the Auditorium at the Douglass High School from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.;
• Thursday, July 14, at the Edmond Library from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.; and
• Thursday, July 21, at the Bethany Library from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
One story in the film is that of baseball manager Joe Maddon, who brings residents of his Pennsylvania hometown together after a controversial immigration ordinance threatens to tear them apart.
In Seattle, civic entrepreneur Eric Liu brings community leaders together in spite of their political differences to solve problems. Mark Meckler, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and Joan Blades, founder of MoveOn.org, meet in her living room and form an unexpected bond.
At the heart of this film, Miss Rice and Mr. Kennedy lead a moving discussion with first-generation college students about the question: what does it mean to be American today?