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Center for Social Solutions


A Look Back: The History of MLK Day

In today's Look Back, we present a series of resources to understand the present and historical context of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Earl Lewis Speaks on MLK Symposium Panel

CSS Director Earl Lewis spoke on a panel as part of the University's MLK Symposium. Dr. Lewis was joined by UM Assistant Professor of American Culture Kristin Hass, former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, and director of the UMMA, Cristina Olsen.

The Center for Social Solutions (CSS) fosters research and collaborations that diagnose and solve critical social problems. We believe these solutions rely on diverse perspectives that account for the multi-faceted root causes of these issues. Our four founding initiatives—diversity, slavery, water access, and the future of work—approach different aspects of the equality that we believe is necessary to advance as a prosperous democratic society.

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We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research and to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, the Center for Social Solutions needs your support.

As part of the COVID-19 response measures enacted by the University of Michigan and the State of Michigan, our staff is working remotely and is not reachable through our office phone lines. Please send any general requests to or refer to the directory for individual requests.



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