Dr. Robinson to speak at GVSU

Dr. Todd Robinson
Mar. 28, 2016

Grand Rapids, like many larger cities in the Midwest, has gone through civil rights movements that aren't as widely talked or taught about.

Todd E. Robinson, a professor of history at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, wrote a book about the civil rights era in Grand Rapids that has been chosen as Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss' book of the year. Robinson will visit Grand Valley State University on March 24 to discuss his book at the seventh annual Local History Roundtable.

Robinson will give the keynote address as well as facilitate a panel discussion called “Race and the West Michigan City.”

His book, “A City within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan,” studies school integration and other civil rights era struggles as they unfolded in Grand Rapids. While Robinson is not from Grand Rapids, he gathered diary entries, newspaper articles and documents published by local organizations to paint a picture of black Grand Rapidians after World War II.

Bliss said in a February speech that the book “helps us learn from our past and appreciate the context of our current state.”

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