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JUNE 2011
Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter
  Council Seeks Great Michigan Read Partners

Great Michigan ReadThe 2011-12 Great Michigan Read is now underway, featuring Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Detroit native Kevin Boyle.

The Michigan Humanities Council invites you to join this statewide initiative, which explores issues of prejudice and justice through the story of African American physician Ossian Sweet, who faced a violent mob after moving his family into an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925.

Arc of Justice is a masterpiece of historical scholarship, but reads like an epic legal thriller. Boyle deftly situates the Sweet saga in the roaring 1920s, when African Americans migrated en masse to the North, when the Ku Klux Klan was a major force in urban politics, and when industrial cities like Detroit fueled the nation’s economic growth. Arc of Justice won the 2004 National Book Award and was named a 2005 Michigan Notable Book.

Register your organization and place your order for free reader guides, teacher guides, bookmarks and other materials. Partners can include libraries, schools, colleges, museums, book clubs and other organizations. Over the next few months the Michigan Humanities Council will work with partner organizations to plan supporting programs in their communities before a public program announcement in September. More than 40 partner organizations have signed on for his year’s Great Michigan Read.

Registered nonprofit partners, including schools and libraries, may apply for book discussion kits which include free copies of Arc of Justice. Kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed beginning in August.

The Council offers funding or author tour placement to nonprofit organizations interested in hosting large-scale Great Michigan Read programs involving entire communities and/or reaching a significant number of individuals. This may include teacher institutes, community dialogs, short documentary projects, oral history projects, and other programs related to the themes in Arc of Justice. Contact the Council for more details on the strategic program application, which has a July 1 deadline.

For more information on the Great Michigan Read please email or call 517-372-7770.





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