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MSU Museum Finds Mid-Michigan Connections To MLK Day

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan State University's museum says Martin Luther King Day is the perfect day to highlight a piece of art honoring community involvement and more importantly, how it ties into mid-Michigan.

 Mary Worrall says when most think of Dr. Martin Luther King's civil and human rights movements, they probably don't think of mid-Michigan.

"It wasn't just happening in Washington. It wasn't just happening far away. There were things right where we're living that were really important about equality," says Worrall.

A project now on display started by students found quite the discovery. In 1963, Jenison Field House played host to one of the first inter-racial basketball games. The City of East Lansing became one of the first cities to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation in 1972. And Malcomb X had a childhood home in Lansing.

Not to mention visits by Dr. King himself and Worral says the project is one you'll have the option to add a historical site of your own, something Patricia Stevenson applauds.

"To have it be sort of a forum that you can contribute to makes it even more of a connection with the community and civil rights movement," Stevenson said.

Much like MLK's legacy, it's a project the museum hopes to build on year after year

"Having the community work with us to make sure that this information isn't lost, that we can continue to be aware of it," Worrall said.

The museum is open on weekdays until 5pm.

Mary Worrall says students are currently working on a web site that will list each historical event and there location. Soon, those who attend the museum can fill out cards with suggestions on sites they would like to see added to the map.

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