Welcome to the "Speaking Out: Western Michigan's Civil Rights Histories" Website

"Speaking Out" is an oral history project dedicated to documenting the history of civil rights and social justice advocacy in Western Michigan. To date, much of this history remains unwritten and unrecorded. By collecting the memories of individuals who have experienced these events firsthand, this initiative aims to deepen our understanding of the local character of civil rights struggle and ensure that these critical histories are preserved for future generations.

By building around areas of shared research, teaching, and public history interests across the university, this project also aims to provide a structure that will foster greater interdisciplinary collaboration and support for teaching and learning about diversity.

Seed money and/or support for this project was provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, GVSU Department of Liberal Studies, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, Institutional Marketing, and University Libraries.

Speaking Out is a collaborative project among Dr. Melanie Shell-Weiss, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, and the GVSU Special Collections and University Archives.

Page last modified April 29, 2016