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Michele Norris to speak on stories of race in America as part of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series

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Michele Norris

By Carla Villasana-Acosta

Grand Rapids Community College will end the 2013-2014 Diversity Lecture Series with a discussion on race and its untold stories.

The lecture, titled Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race, will be held by Michele Norris, an acclaimed journalist and radio host for NPR. Norris will present to the audience a conversation about race and its hidden stories and concepts in America based on her own story.

Norris’ speech relates to her family memoir, “The Grace of Silence,” where she investigated her own family background and history to understand “her racial legacy and shed new light on America’s complicated racial history,” according to NPR’s website.

The lecture will also present Norris’ Race Card Project to GRCC, which allows participants to submit their thoughts about race only with a six-word sentence.

Christina Arnold, director of the GRCC Diversity Learning Center, said that “learning from our speakers…is complex and very individual depending on the person’s original point of view and knowledge of the topic.” However, she assured that comments from the audience “have been overwhelmingly positive” and that the Lecture Series offers them a new points of view to consider.

The Diversity Lecture Series has taken place at GRCC since 1995, offering the audience discussions and insights on current topics affecting society.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Fountain Street Church.

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