January 16, 2006

randal Maurice Jelks

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Randal Maurice Jelks

"African Americans in the Furniture City"

Underwritten by: John & Mary Loeks

Randal Jelks is an associate professor of History and Director of the African and African Dispora Studies Minor at Calvin College. He will speak on the topic of his new book (release: December 2005), "African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Grand Rapids".

What does the history of African Americans in Grand Rapids tell us about our city's history, our region in the State of Michigan and the conditions of struggling people worldwide? Western Michigan is the fastest growing region in our State and the significance of African Americans and recent immigrants and migrants is key to understanding how our city will fare regionally and internationally through the 21 st century. The past shapes our present.

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