The year 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the signing into law of the Civil Rights Act. These watershed events in American history—which began the fight to end segregated schools and unlawful discrimination—continue to provide opportunities for discussion and reflection of historic and current events.
Join the conversation and participate in one of the many related events throughout 2014-15. Learn more at http://inclusion.msu.edu/Project6050.
Two performances on January 19 of the concert, “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest” at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre.
Monday, January 20, the College of Music will host “Listen: MLK Speaks,” a continuous loop audio of King’s full “I Have A Dream” speech in Cook Recital Hall of the Music Building.
“Two years ago, a small team of Michigan State University faculty and staff met to talk about 2014 and two watershed moments in U.S. history: the 60th anniversary of the dismantling of segregation of public schools in 1954 and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination in vital areas of life in America. We agreed that 2014 would be an appropriate year to reflect on our nation’s civil rights history; that we would promote 2014 as a year to educate and engage not only MSU students in conversations on the significance of our civil rights history, but also reach out and engage the community beyond our campus in conversations on civil and human rights past, present and future.” Read the full story from the Lansing State Journal.
A photo of the Civil Rights Commission meeting—which included MSU President John Hannah—with President Kennedy in the White House on November 21, 1961.
3 p.m., First floor lobby, MSU Union
For more than 30 years, thousands of MSU students, administrators, and staff have come together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and other Civil Rights activists with a march on campus.
MSU students are invited to submit essays, creative writing, or creative nonfiction on topics related to human rights and civil rights, for an anthology of student writing to be published by the MSU Libraries. Learn more at lib.msu.edu/6050anthology.
“In jazz, the possibilities for musical performance are nearly endless, as it represents both the particularities of the African-American experience and the nation in all its diversity. The same is true for jazz’s ability to foster dialogue and to reach across communities.” Read the full story from the Lansing State Journal.
On February 11, 1965, more than 4,000 students and community residents attended a campus visit and lecture by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who came to MSU to kick off a fundraising drive for the Student Educational Project (STEP). The STEP program—the first all student-administered educational outreach program of its kind in the country—sent student and faculty volunteers during the summer of 1965 to assist Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
Photo courtesy of University Archives and Historical Collections
Posters created by MSU advertising students on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech