Please join us for a Latino Civil Rights Walking Tour and launch of the exhibit, "Tengo El Pueblo En Mi Corazon: Latino Civil Rights and Community" at the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, Michigan. This event is free and open to the public. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with opening comments from Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, GVSU Provost Gayle Davis, and GVSU Brooks College Dean Anne Hiskes starting at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., Tim Gleisner from the Grand Rapids Public Library, will lead a historic walking tour of the Grandville Avenue neighborhood.
Around mid-day, those who have pre-registered will leave on a bus tour and memorial service in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Lincoln Park was the birthplace of the Young Lords Movement for Human and Civil Rights. GVSU Special Collections and Archives houses the "Young Lords in Lincoln Park" project, which documents the history of this movement (www.gvsu.edu/younglords).
This event is being co-sponsored by the GVSU Community Reading Project, GVSU Liberal Studies Department, GVSU Latin American Studies Program, GVSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, GVSU Service Learning Center, GVSU Special Collections and Archives, GVSU Digital Print Studio, Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities, Grand Rapids Public Library, and Meijer, among others.
For more information about the tours, exhibit, and September 23 events, visit www.gvsu.edu/kutsche or call (616)331-8099.