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Project 60/50 is a conversation. We are talking about civil rights and human rights – yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Two watershed events occurred in 20th century American history which continue to have significant impact on American citizens of all races, genders and cultures today. These events changed the way people live, work, are taught and interact in American society. 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the passage and signing into law of the Civil Rights Act. The 1954 Brown decision was the beginning of the end for segregation in America’s public schools on the basis of race. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made unlawful major forms of discrimination. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public.

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Project 60/50 is a university-wide initiative coordinated through the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives commencing January 2014. The intent of the year-long initiative is to link academic exploration and study, public commemoration and remembrance, laced with a multitude of cultural expressions.

Four capstone events are planned on the MSU campus during 2014 - 2015 as well as a multitude of lectures, symposiums, workshops and programs sponsored by, and administrated by, each academic department in the University. Special programs are in development to engage students, campus visitors, and our local and global communities.

Will you start a conversation?

  • Commemorate these anniversaries across the campus of Michigan State University and extend our mission into the community through a series of innovative, interactive, events, programs and educational opportunities.
  • Engage in conversation on these historical events as well as generate new conversation on contemporary issues related to inclusion and diversity.
  • Educate one another on the personal, domestic and global impact of these issues.

Together, we will engage, educate and commemorate. The march continues and the conversation starts here!


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 For more information please contact:

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initatives' Community Outreach Coordinators:

Audrey Bentley                   

(517) 432-8384 


Ignacio G. Andrade III                

 (517) 353-3129


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