Events 2004

Monday, March 1

Principal Joe Dulin

Joe Dulin of Roberto Clemente School, founder of NAAPID (National African American Parent Involvement Day), will speak about African Americans and public education.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
For information, call 879-1303

Saturday, March 6

Youth Event - I Am Special!

Share who you are - inside and out - in activities designed to inspire pride. Children will work on self-portraits or "me maps" as they explore, highlight, and celebrate the special qualities that make them unique.
Ypsilanti District Library
5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
For information, call 879-1303

Tuesday, March 9

Book Discussion: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race

Sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, this event invites University of Michigan staff, faculty, graduate student instructors, and interested members of the community to discuss the Tatum book. The format will be moderated small-group discussions.
University of Michigan
Michigan Union- Anderson Room
530 S. State, Ann Arbor
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Registration required - to register, call 734-764-0505 or email crlt.reads@umich.edu
Panel Discussion: Multi-Cultural Identities and the Classroom: Teachers Speak Out - Panel Discussion by Local Teachers and Teacher Educators

A panel of local teachers and teacher educators from the Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit area discuss race relations in today's schools and offer their first hand, candid viewpoint. This program is co-sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Cultural Education.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor District Library
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
For information, call 327-4560

Wednesday, March 10

Panel Discussion: Gems of Blues and Jazz - Alberta Adams, Alma Smith and Louis Smith - Discuss How Race And Racism Affected Their Musical Careers

Three of the finest local blues and jazz musicians discuss how racism influenced their performing and recording careers. Bebop trumpeter Louis Smith Jazz pianist/vocalist Alma Smith and blues singer Alberta Adams all discuss how their talent, pride and sense of humor helped them forge successful lives in the music business despite many obstacles.
Ann Arbor District Library
Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room
343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor District Library
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
For information, call 327-4560
Book Discussion: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race

All are invited to a discussion of Tatum's book.
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House in the fireplace room
1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Registration is required. To register call Sheila Johnson 761-9582

Tuesday, March 16

Book Discussion: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race

Join us for an open discussion of the book that is the focus of this year's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. This discussion, led by library staff and members of the Michigan Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Cultural Education, will examine Tatum's book and its implications for race relations today.
Ann Arbor District Library - Malletts Creek Branch
3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
For information, call 327-4200

Wednesday, March 17

Book Discussion: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race

Bethlehem United Church of Christ
423 South 4th Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00-8:30 p.m.
for more information, contact Sue Wortman at 971-2718

Wednesday, March 24

Lecture: Christopher Paul Curtis

Children's author Christopher Paul Curtis will discuss his award-winning book The Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963 and issues related to racism in subsequent books, including the Newbery award-winning Bud Not Buddy and his forthcoming novel for adults. This program is sponsored by the Residential College with support from the King-Chavez parks Visiting Professor's Program, the Brown v. Board Commemoration Committee, the School of Education and others.
University of Michigan
Residential College Auditorium
701 East University Avenue, Ann Arbor
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
for more information, contact Elizabeth Goodenough at 647-4249

Thursday, March 25

Lecture: School Desegregation in the 21st Century: Fulfilling the Promise of Brown: Discussion with Beverly Tatum, author of the book "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race, and Gary Orfield, Co-Director of the Harvard Civil Rights Project

University of Michigan
Rackham Auditorium
915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Monday, March 29

Ypsilanti Library Hosts Book Discussion for Community Reads

The Ypsilanti District Library is hosting an open discussion for the public on this year's community reads selection, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race. On Monday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m., the community is invited to attend this meeting to talk about their impressions of the book as well as discuss perceptions about developing one's racial identity and the progress of race relations in our country. The group will convene at 5577 Whittaker Road in the Community Meeting Room. People are welcome to attend the discussion even if they haven't read the book yet.

This event will mark the end of the library's formal participation in the 2004 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. The Ypsilanti District Library purchased 80 copies of Dr. Beverly Tatum's which have been checked out 215 times to date. We invite the community to continue to read and discuss this book throughout the year.

For more information, please call (734) 482-4110 ext. 1303 or visit our website at www.ypsilibrary.org.