PBS Documentary American Creed Screens July 24 at Cranston Public Library


Edward Garcia, Library Director








(CRANSTON, RI) –  The Cranston Public Library, in partnership with OneCranston Working Cities Challenge Initiative, is hosting a screening of the PBS documentary AMERICAN CREED at the Central Library on Wednesday, July 24. The screening will be followed by a Community Conversation facilitated by Larry Warner, of United Way of Rhode Island.


In the documentary film AMERICAN CREED, 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.


For example: Baseball manager Joe Maddon 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, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots andJoan Blades, founder of MoveOn.org, meet in her living room and form an unexpected bond.


At the heart of this film, Rice and Kennedy lead a moving discussion with first generation college students about the question: what does it mean to be American today?


Following the film, there will be a facilitated discussion to allow for personal reflection and dialogue. The discussion will be led by Larry Warner, MPH, Cranston resident and Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives for United Way of Rhode Island. Larry has a distinguished career in philanthropy and public health, and was a firefighter for 15 years.  Depending on the size of the audience, there may also be an opportunity to break out into smaller groups.



AMERICAN CREED Community Conversations are film screenings and scholar-facilitated discussions that mirror the type of conversation Rice and Kennedy have in the film; one designed to engage Americans in reflection and dialogue about their own part in the American story, and in acting to shape that story for the better.

 Date: Wednesday, July 24

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Location: Cranston Public Library – Central Library
140 Sockanosset Cross Rd. 
Cranston, RI 02920


This event is free and open to the public.


More information at www.americancreed.org.