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    Sweetland Write-in for the Dream

    01/01/2013 to 01/31/2013
    Location: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland

    In keeping with this year’s MLK Symposium theme of “(R)Evolution of the Dream,” during the month of January the Sweetland Center for Writing will host a virtual “write-in” on its website where we invite you to narrate your sense of how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream has been (r)evolutionary for you.

    Tell us about a moment where you experienced citizenship or civic engagement. What do these ideas mean to you today?

    Or, post an original image that exemplifies King’s dream for you, and use your caption to explain the connection.

    Visit https://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland during the month of January to “write in” for the dream!

    NOTE: This event runs from January 1 to January 31.

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    IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution

    01/09/2013 to 01/31/2013
    Location: Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 .

    January 9-31, 2013, Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

    Within the fabric of American identity is woven a story that has long been invisible—the lives and experiences of people who share African American and Native American ancestry.

    African and Native peoples came together in the Americas. Over centuries, African Americans and Native Americans created shared histories, communities, families, and ways of life. Prejudice, laws, and twists of history have often divided them from others, yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom.

    For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible.

    A website to support teaching with the exhibit is available at:


    IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas is presented as part of LSA’s Winter 2013 Understanding Race Theme Semester and is co-sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, U-M Museum of Natural History, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Native American Studies Program Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach, and Department of English.

    The exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas is a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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    Leadership for Truth and Reconciliation in Metropolitan Detroit

    01/24/2013 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: Art and Architecture Building (Rm 2104), 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the foremost spokesperson of the U. S. civil rights movement; he helped mobilize people and communities against explicitly racist policies and vocally racist opposition to the cause of equality. Today, we are able to look back and acknowledge that progress has been made. However, the United States has still not fully confronted racial injustice in a meaningful way; the continued concentration of low-income and minority populations – and the injustices they face – in today’s urban centers bears witness to the continued presence of the injustices Dr. King fought against. This symposium, focused primarily on metropolitan Detroit, will explore the possibility of a truth and reconciliation movement, analogous to the process begun by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu in the wake of South African apartheid. Leaders from the Detroit area will be brought together to discuss what form truth and reconciliation might take in the region. Issues the panel will explore include: Is a truth and reconciliation process necessary? What truths must be exposed? What kind of leadership would such a movement require? How can metropolitan Detroit and other communities begin to make peace with their histories? What would a truly reconciled metropolitan Detroit look like?

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