Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ferris In The News

Pilgrim Encourages Activism Through Interactive Presentation

David Pilgrim encouraged students at Ferris State University and people of the Big Rapids community to look at ways to affect change through activism, the Big Rapids Pioneer reports. Pilgrim’s presentation, “Stories of Activism,” focused on activists of the past and how they played a role in creating change. Tuesday’s event was part of a weeklong celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pilgrim pushed his message with a combination of powerful images from the Jim Crow era to the present and using humor to engage the audience and describe the difference between what an activist is and is not. “You don’t have to stand up to a bully to be considered an activist,” Pilgrim said. “There are many ways to be an activist.” Some examples of activists Pilgrim shared included Amelia Boynton, who led the fight for black voting rights, and Dorothea Lange, a photographer who documented poverty and injustice.

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