Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

Join Us for 2011-12 Great Michigan Read
Finale Event

Year's Great Michigan Read Coming to CloseAfter an extremely successful year, the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read program is nearing its end. Three hundred schools, libraries, churches, book clubs and more teamed up to reach thousands of Michiganians in the reading and discussion of this year’s book, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age.

Written by Detroit-native and Ohio State University History Professor Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice, tells the story of African American physician Ossian Sweet and the chain of events that occurred after his family moved into an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925.

Partners in more than 50 of Michigan’s 83 counties held film nights, group discussions, jazz concerts and lecture series all surrounding the topics discussed in Arc of Justice. In addition, 11 sites in nine cities hosted a Great Michigan Read traveling exhibit, entitled We Don’t Want Them.

Through historic photographs and documents, this exhibit places Arc of Justice into a broader context of policies and practices that limited where some could live, thus impacting their past and present quality of life. The exhibit toured Flint, Three Rivers, Grand Rapids, Marquette, Detroit, Traverse City and Saginaw. Through May, the exhibit will be on display at the Old Mill Museum in Dundee, and in June it will be on display at Artworks: Big Rapids in Big Rapids.

To wrap up this year’s Great Michigan Read, the Michigan Humanities Council will host a grand finale event on Monday, June 25 in Traverse City. This finale will be held at the Dennos Museum Center and feature Arc of Justice author Kevin Boyle. This will be an amazing event, providing an opportunity to reflect on the conversations and discussions generated by the Great Michigan Read throughout Michigan. Tickets are available for $35 and $100. Click here for tickets or more information. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MichiganHumanitiesCouncil.

The Michigan Humanities Council would like to thank all its Great Michigan Read partners and donors in making this year’s program another success!



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