Published: Jan. 17, 2014

Two new MSU Museum exhibits set to open on MLK Day

Contact(s): Lora Helou MSU Museum office: (517) 432-3357 helou@msu.edu

Freedom, non-racialism and democracy are at the center of two new exhibits opening at the Michigan State University Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20: "Ahmed 'Kathy' Kathrada: A South African Activist for Non-Racialism and Democracy" and "Ruby Bridges, Brown v. Board of Education and The Greater Lansing Sites of Conscience Project."

The openings are in conjunction with the kickoff of MSU’s Project 60/50, a yearlong series commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the passage and signing into law of the Civil Rights Act.

"Ahmed ‘Kathy’ Kathrada: A South African Activist"

Jan. 20 – April 13 (Main Gallery)

The opening reception for this exhibit is set for 4 p.m. Jan. 20.

Revolutionary struggle and social transformation are at the center of a new MSU Museum exhibit profiling Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada. The story of the renowned advocate for freedom, as well as the anti-apartheid movement itself is told through the life and work of South Africa's beloved "Kathy." His leadership continues to inspire South Africans and others around the world to work for freedom, non-racialism and democracy. Learn more here

This exhibition is produced in partnership with "Project 60/50" at MSU, a year-long community conversation about civil rights and human rights. Read more here.

"Ruby Bridges, Brown v. Board of Education and the Greater Lansing Sites of Conscience Project"

Entry Hall, Jan. 20 – July 3

A quilt made in tribute to Ruby Bridges, a 1954 Supreme Court decision and The Greater Lansing Sites of Conscience Project. What do they all have in common? They are part of the MSU Museum's new exhibition that highlights the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Ruby Bridges is the 6 year old girl who was the first to integrate an elementary school in New Orleans in compliance with the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Sites of Conscience in Lansing is a community engaged effort to research, map, and make accessible those places on our campus and in the Lansing area that are connected with individuals and events that have made social justice and human rights history. Find our more here.

This exhibition is produced in partnership with Project 60/50 at MSU, a year-long community conversation about civil rights and human rights. Read more here.  

The opening reception for this exhibit is set for 4 p.m. Jan. 20.

 

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