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Project 60/50

MLK Day January 2014 to MLK Day January 2015

The year 2014 will mark the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the passage and signing into law of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

These two watershed events continue to have a significant impact on American citizens of all races, ethnicities, genders, and cultures. No one can doubt that each in its own way has changed the way people think, live, work, are taught, and interact in American society.

Michigan State University will mark these anniversaries with Project 60/50—a one-year series of academic, public celebration, and remembrance events starting in January 2014. The Law College will play a leading role in the campus-wide celebration. MSU Law faculty and staff are planning several events, including:

January 22, 2014
Diversity Services Office Film Event
Road to Brown (1990), a movie examining the brilliant legal campaign waged by a little-known black lawyer, Charles Houston, against segregation

February 25–April 30, 2014
MSU Law Art Exhibition
"Black in White America" by Leonard Freed (1929-2006), a powerful photographic essay on African American life during the civil rights movement

March 2–April 30, 2014
MSU Law Art Exhibition
"One of Michigan's Own," an exhibition on Viola Liuzzo, a civil rights worker from Detroit who was killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan following the 1965 March to Montgomery

April 3, 2014
Diversity Services Office Film Event
Home of the Brave (2004), a documentary on the 1965 murder of civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo and its effect on her family

April 10–11, 2014
Michigan State Law Review Symposium
Pursuing the Dreams of Brown and the Civil Rights Act:
A Living History of the Fight for Educational Equality

September/October 2014
Kelley Institute Lecture
The annual lecture will focus on themes involved in Project 60/50.
(date to be determined)

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