FLINT TWP. — On Thursday, Oct. 2, more than 100 juniors and seniors from Carman-Ainsworth High School traveled to Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for the Signature Series Lecture — part of MSU’s Project 60/50, a yearlong community conversation on civil and human rights. It commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
The keynote speakers were prominent journalists Soledad O’Brien and Isabel Wilkerson. O’Brien is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, executive producer, and philanthropist. Wilkerson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American print journalist Isabel Wilkerson and author of New York Times bestseller “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”
C-A students were invited to attend the event free of charge through Janet Swenson, C-A’s Project Write II and III coordinator, according to a press release.
Students also received a copy of Wilkerson’s book and. had the opportunity to speak to her and get it signed.
Also attending this “outstanding educational experience” were C-A teachers — Jen Moul, Amanda Sauvie, Jes Mathews, and Carrie Mattern.
Project 60/50 launched in January in conjunction with MSU’s birthday celebration for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. It is coordinated through MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, featuring a variety of lectures, symposiums, workshops and programs held on MSU’s campus.
Upcoming-ticketed events include a performance by the Dance Theater of Harlem on November 12. For a calendar of all scheduled Project 60/50 events, visit the website at project6050. msu.edu/events%20news/index. html