‘Hateful Things’ exhibition comes to Loutit District Library

Exhibition sheds light on racism and promotes racial understanding and healing 

Loutit District Library (LDL) will host a traveling exhibition on race in America called ‘Hateful Things’ from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University.

The exhibition will run from Feb. 5-18 on LDL’s Upper-Level Lobby.

‘Hateful Things’ is a thirty-nine piece collection, comprised of material culture items that range from the late 19th century to present day. The exhibition embodies the effects of the Jim Crow legacy while examining the history of the racial stereotyping of African Americans.

The exhibition also includes professionally framed images showing the Civil Rights movement and the fight for equal rights, while also displaying the history of brutal and cruel acts against African-Americans. Present-day images of stereotyping will also be on display.

Each item in the exhibit carries signage helping the public to better understand its significance.

For more information about this exhibit, visit http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow.

The library hours are:

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560 ext. 222.


Upcoming Diversity & Multicultural Events

Thurs, Dec 29, 6:30 pm: Annual Kwanzaa Celebration 
The greater Holland community is invited to celebration Kwanzaa, jointly hosted by Maple Avenue Ministries, Pillar Church, Fellowship Reformed Church, Zion Dominion International Ministries, Calvary Reformed Church, and Engedi. Contributions will be accepted for the annual Black Graduate scholarships for graduating seniors. At Maple Avenue Ministries, 427 Maple Ave, Holland.

Fri, Dec 30, 3 pm to 6 pm: Unconferenced Community Conversation: Dialogue and Break-out Sessions 
 to Community Conversation held in the fall of 2016 to discuss local issues and solutions. Panelists will be ACLU field director Rodd Mont; attorney Timothy Vanderberg; and community activist Germaine Pellebon-Smith; facilitated by Kim Harris of AAADO. Everyone is welcome. At Herrick District Library auditorium, 300 South River, Holland.

Community Opportunity: Reciprocal Language Partnership
The Reciprocal Language Partnership (RLP) seeks to build unity and cross-cultural understanding through the teaching and learning of languages. RLP classes pair native English speakers who want to learn Spanish with native Spanish speakers who want to learn English. Class fee is on a sliding scale based on household income. Winter 2017 classes will run Tuesdays from 6 pm to 8:15 pm, Jan 17 to Apr 18, with instruction for basic beginners and one for higher-level beginners. Classes and informational meetings (see below) are held at Eagle’s Wings Church/Iglesia Alas de Aguila, 635 Riley St, Holland. Questions? Call Rachel Patmos at (616) 738-3850. Prospective students must attend one of the following meetings before enrolling in RLP:
Tues, Jan 3, 6 to 7 pm: native English speakers and 7 to 8 pm: native Spanish speakers OR Tues, Jan 10, 6 to 7 pm: native English speakers and 7 to 8 pm: native Spanish speakers

Sat, Feb 4, 2017, 5 pm: Annual Heart 2 Heart Community Celebration
A Potluck and Cultural Sharing Party, hosted by the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH). Music, performances, silent auction, family activities, fabulous food, fun, fellowship. Everyone is welcome! At First United Methodist Church, 57 West 10th St, Holland.

Information From the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony: “Diversity, Unity, and Justice Are at the Heart of ACEH”

Upcoming Multicultural Events

In the community from the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony: “Diversity, Unity, and Justice Are at the Heart of ACEH”

Fri, Oct 7, 8 am-4 pm: The State of Latinos in West Michigan.  Conference to address issues (health and wellness, business, education) that face Latinos, including resources and assets to help resolve issues.  Free. Hosted by Julian Samora Research Institute at MSU and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, with others.  Go to http://www.jsri.msu.edu for info and a link to register.  (Registration by Sept. 30 is suggested.)   At Kroc Center, 2500 South Division Ave SW, Grand Rapids.

Mon, Oct 10, 1 pm to 4:30 pm: Race, Poverty and Policy: Creating an Equitable Michigan. Keynoter: Rinku Sen, CEO of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation.  Breakouts: Solutions for Cities in Crisis; Government’s Role in Achieving Racial Equity; The Next Move: Taking Equitable Action for Change; From Watchdog to Dog-Whistle: Media’s Role in Reporting on Race; The Business Case for Race Equity.  No charge to attend, but reservations requested; contact (517) 487-4546 or michleague@gmail.com   Annual forum of Michigan League for Public Policy.  At Radisson Hotel, 111 North Grand Ave, Lansing.

Fri, Oct 14, 6:45 pm:  Documentary “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience,” featuring four contemporary individuals in the Midwest.  Free, open to all.  Co-sponsored by Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony (ACEH) and Encounter with Cultures program at Hope College.  Discussion, refreshments.  At Winants Auditorium, Graves Hall, College Ave at 11th St, Holland.








2016 Hispanic Festival

The Hispanic Festival  is our premier annual celebration of the rich heritage of the community!  The 39th edition is free of charge and will take place on Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 and include:

  • Latin American food and beverages
  • Mercado
  • Constellation Brands beer tent
  • Kids Activities Area
  • Community Resources Tent
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network 3v3 Futsal Tournament (Saturday/Sunday)
  • McDonald’s Fiesta Tour (Saturday/Sunday)