Thursday, Sept. 20, 6pm -- Film -- “Urban Roots” -- (Discussants: Malik Yakini, Chair of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and Farmer with D-Town Farms; Riet Schumack, Community Organizer, Neighbors Building Brightmoor and the Brightmoor Farmway) The film follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. “Urban Roots” is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future. 

MCSP Social Justice Film Series at the Ann Arbor District Library (downtown)


Thursday, Sept. 27Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.-- Times and Details to be Arranged -- 

Talk -- Voting Rights Today and During the Civil Rights Era

Film and Discussion -- “Freedom Riders


Friday Evening and Saturday, Sept. 28-29 -- Nonviolence Training led by Dr. Lafayette for up to 20 participants.  The Rev. Dr. Lafayette, an ordained minister, is a longtime civil rights activist, organizer, and an authority on nonviolent social change. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960, and he was a core leader of the civil rights movement in Nashville, TN, in 1960 and in Selma, AL, in 1965. He directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and he was appointed by Martin Luther King, Jr. to be national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and national coordinator of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. 

Note: Dr. Lafayette’s visit last year was for many MCSP students the highlight of their year.


Thursday, Oct. 25 -- 6pm Film -- “Berkeley in the Sixties” (in conjunction with the UM Conference on the 50th anniversary of the Port Huron Statement beginning Oct. 31).  The 1960's alumni of the Berkeley campus tell their stories about how the quiet school became the site of massive political activism on the part of students fighting for their right of political expression on campus and then against the Vietnam War.

MCSP Social Justice Film Series at the Ann Arbor District Library (downtown)


Thursday, Nov. 8 - - 6pm Film “Encounter Point” -- “Encounter Point" moves beyond sensational and canned images to tell the story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who sacrifice their safety, public standing and homes in order to press for a grassroots movement for nonviolence and peace.

MCSP Social Justice Film Series at the Ann Arbor District Library (downtown)