Step It Up! The French Dukes: A Celebration, Performance, and Reading

Join us for a celebration of the French Dukes! Author Debbie Taylor will kick things off with a reading of her picture book, Step It Up! The French Dukes! Set in 1960's Ann Arbor, Kenny’s story is inspired by the real-life French Dukes Precision Drill Team. Members of the original team will talk with Debbie about their experience, and then do a short performance. They will also share what's happening with young community members today! Books will be for sale and Debbie Taylor will be available to sign them.

10 Years of the Living Oral History Project: Phase 10 Premiere

Join host Joyce Hunter of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum and interviewees from Phase 10 of the Living Oral History Project. These interviews serve as a road map illustrating what local African Americans witnessed, experienced, and contributed to building the community we share today.  Watch a clip reel of interviews with Carol Allen, Alice Brennan-Key, Sandra Harris, Carl James Johnson, and Janie Lee Ross, followed by a meet and greet and refreshments. An exhibit celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Living Oral History Project will be on display.

Epic Stained Glass of Metro Detroit & Washtenaw County

Join author, photographer and architectural historian Dale A. Carlson as he discusses over forty significant stained glass installations in the Detroit metro area, including a dozen here in Washtenaw County. Examinations of contemporary and classic makers represented locally, notable transplantations, and top local single-site collections fill out this compelling look at Metro Detroit's singular stained glass legacy.

This event includes a signing with books and photo prints for sale.

Lessons for the Future, Lessons from the Past with Japanese Internment Camp Survivor Mary Kamidoi

Join Japanese American internment camp survivor Mary Kamidoi as she recounts growing up in an internment camp and the anti-Asian discrimination she experienced through the decades. Mary Kamidoi used to work for the Ford Motor Company and was the Treasurer for the Japanese American Citizens League in Detroit and is today an active speaker and storyteller, drawing parallels from her life experiences with the current situation today of a rise in Anti-Asian hate and xenophobia, and inhumane treatment of refugees and migrants on our southern border. 

Exiled to Motown: The History of Detroit's Japanese American Community

Join us for an interview with Dr. Mika Kennedy and Celeste Shimoura Goedert, co-curators of the exhibit Exiled to Motown: Japanese Americans in Detroit, for a vibrant discussion on the origins of the exhibit, the history of the Japanese American community in Metro Detroit, and the connections we can make today within our current socio-political climate.

This discussion is hosted by Bill Kubota of Detroit Public Television.

This event is in partnership with AAPI performance collaborative IS/LAND, Detroit Public Television, and Rising Voices.