Bursting the Midland Bubble: Midland's Black History, In Our Words. INT 100/201 APPROVED!

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Allendale Campus, Online
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

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The Kutsche Office of Local History is hosting the 13th Annual Local History Roundtable. Our keynote speaker is Afua Ofori-Darko, co-founder of Anti-Racist Midland (ARM). She will speak about ARM and its related projects that bring the present and past together in conversation.

In 2020, the upswell of racial justice protests around the nation inspired Ofori-Darko and a handful of other Midlanders to share their experiences, pulling inspiration from contemporary protests as well as historic social justice movements. The group works to shape Midland into a community that acknowledges its full history and works toward an inclusive future.

ARM has helped develop public history projects around race and reconciliation in the area, including the Voices of Black Midland oral history archive and the Midland In Our Own Words podcast. ARM partners with local civic organizations to develop these initiatives and better engage with the history and current reality of people of color in a small Michigan city.

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Location Information

Kirkhof Center room #2204 (Pere Marquette room)

This can be attended in person or online via Zoom. A link to livestream the presentation on Zoom will be emailed out to registrants the morning of the event.

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Contact Information

Kutsche Office of Local History

[email protected] · gvsu.edu/kutsche · 616-331-8099


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This event was added to the calendar by Mary Williford (willifom@gvsu.edu) on Monday, February 14, 2022 and was last updated on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 11:16 a.m.