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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Date: Jan 17, 2018 - Jan 17, 2019 - Start:11:30 AM - End:01:30 PM

Dr. David Pilgrim, one of this country's leading experts on multiculturalism, diversity and race relations, will speak at North Central Michigan College on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, as part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities. The lecture will be at 12:15 p.m. in the cafeteria on the Petoskey campus.

Dr. Pilgrim is best known as the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, a 5,000-piece collection of racist artifacts located at Ferris State University. The museum uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance. Dr. Pilgrim's writings, many found on the museum's web site (, are used by scholars, students and civil rights workers to better understand historical and contemporary expressions of racism.

Dr. Pilgrim is an applied sociologist with a doctorate from The Ohio State University and a Ferris State University Distinguished Teacher. He believes that racism can be objectively studied and creatively assailed. In 2004, he produced with Clayton Rye the documentary Jim Crow's Museum to explain his approach to battling racism. The film won several awards including Best Documentary at the 2004 Flint Film Festival. Marc Haefele, a film critic at the Los Angeles Daily News, called the documentary a "grisly low-key masterpiece."

Dr. Pilgrim challenges audiences to think deeply about diversity and race relations. His goal is to get people talking about diversity and race relations in meaningful ways and then go and do something positive.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The cost for the optional lunch is $12 per person. The lecture will begin at 12:15 p.m. and is free of charge.  Reservations are appreciated.  Call 231-348-6600 to make a reservation and specify if having lunch. This program is co-sponsored by the Northern Michigan Society of Human Resource Management.