Friday, February 5, 2010

Black History Month Presentation: Whatever Happened To Idlewild?

BIG RAPIDS - We have an amazing area that is rich in black history here in our backyard in northern Michigan - and most of us do not even know about it.

Ferris State University's Office of Multicultural Student Services continues its 2010 Black History Month programming with the presentation: "WHATEVER HAPPENED TO IDLEWILD, MI?" The presentation is a documentary and discussion from film producer Coy Davis. The event takes place on Tuesday (Feb. 23), beginning at 6 p.m., in IRC 120.

What is Idlewild? Where is Ildewild? What was the significance of Idlewild? Why is Idlewild so tied to black history?

Davis will be at Ferris to discuss the historic Idlewild community of northern Michigan. Once upon a time, Idlewild was a spectacular resort community that once was thought of as the black "Las Vegas."

Idlewild, just 32 miles from Big Rapids, once was a paradise where many black Americans could leave the stranglehold of Jim Crow racism and enjoy themselves, each other and life.

Learn more about this important region with so many roots in black history.

This event is free and open to the public.

Anyone who has questions or needs assistance to attend this event, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at (231) 591-2617 at least 72 hours in advance.

1 comment:

  1. I'm doing genealogy research and found that several of my relatives attended Ferris about 100 years ago. Is there an archive that houses photographs and information about graduates from the past?