Southwest Michigan Teens are working together to address the issue of race as part of Kalamazoo Valley Museum's RACE exhibit. A total of 50 teens from the ages of 12 to 18 have attended the five public sessions held at KVCC’s downtown campus and two private sessions held by the Girl Scouts of America and the Jack and Jill Club.
Courtney Asselin, 14, of Paw Paw, commented on the bones display in the exhibit that discussed anthropological forensics. “You can’t determine race by bones.” She added, “Discrimination doesn’t have a point. It’s like having a black dog and a white dog. They’re all dogs, just different colors.
NATIONAL RACE EXHIBITWhat: "RACE: Are We So Different?" exhibit.
Who: The installation, created by the American Anthropological Association and The Science Museum of Minnesota, is designed to spur a national dialogue on race. It explores the subject from biological, historical and human points of view, using photographs, movies and interactive displays.
Where: Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St., downtown Kalamazoo, near the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites.
Run dates: Through Jan. 2.
Museum hours: 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.
For group tours: Call the museum at 269-373-7990.
For private facilitated conversations: Call Leah Catherman at the YWCA at 269-345-5595.
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