American Creed

American Creed: Community Conversations

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, is proud to be part of American Creed: Community Conversations. This grant program invited public libraries to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be.

Public libraries that received the grant are implementing public programs between January 1 and August 31, 2019, that explore the themes and humanities questions featured in American Creed. Fifty public libraries were selected.

If you are a grantee, you can find programming resources, streaming instruction, and information about the final report on the Site Support Notebook page.

If you are not a grantee but are interested in screening the film for a public audience at your library, please email Citizen Film at

American Creed: Community Conversations is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About American Creed

Co-produced by Citizen Film & WTTW-Chicago Public Media, American Creed is constructed around a seminar-style conversation co-led by the renowned historian David M. Kennedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of best-selling books about American history; and his Stanford University colleague, the political scientist and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Fully acknowledging their differences in political outlook, Kennedy and Rice recognize that "a unifying sense of American democratic ideals and identity is fragile." Their dialogue throughout the film interprets different kinds of American civic activism and models the exemplary, respectful dialogue that American Creed: Community Conversations seeks to support in public libraries around the country.

Watch the American Creed documentary online.