Monday, July 22, 2013

Pilgrim Discusses Why Colleges And Universities Can Be Important In Diversity Efforts

In this video, David Pilgrim discusses why diversity is so important and how colleges and universities can play an important role in strengthening diversity.

Pilgrim is the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, located in Big Rapids, Mich. at Ferris State University. He also serves as the vice president for Diversity and Inclusion at Ferris.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Actor Lance Gross Writes An Open Letter To George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman, acquitted this past weekend of murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin case, has been a major figure in the news.

Zimmerman's acquittal has sparked strong feelings on both sides.

Here is an open letter written to George Zimmerman by actor Lance Gross.

Click on the image to see the full-sized version.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Anti-Racist Activist Wise Discusses the N-Word, Paula Deen

Author and anti-racist activist Tim Wise discusses the use of the N-word, and it's far-reaching implications beyond the Paula Deen controversy, during a segment on CNN.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Learn More About The People Behind The Jim Crow Museum

The entrance to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

In this post, we want to introduce you to the staff of the Jim Crow Museum.

In addition to David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the museum, the staff consists of team members with dedicated roles related to this educational facility.

The staff includes Andy Karafa, director of the museum; Lisa Kemmis, museum assistant; Neil Baumgartner, staff docent; and Franklin Hughes, videographer and multimedia specialist.

To learn more about the staff, visit:

Monday, July 1, 2013

What Are The Objectives Of The Jim Crow Museum?

David Pilgrim, founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum points out
one of the artifacts to a museum visitor.
For those of you who want to learn a little more of what the Jim Crow Museum is about, listed below are the museum's objectives.
  • Collect, exhibit and preserve objects and collections related to racial segregation, anti-black caricatures, civil rights, and African American achievement.
  • Promote the scholarly examination of historical and contemporary expressions of racism.
  • Serve as a teaching resource for Ferris State University courses which deal, directly or indirectly, with the issues of race and ethnicity.
  • Serve as an educational resource for scholars and teachers at the state, national and international levels.
  • Promote racial understanding and healing.
  • Serve as a resource for civil rights and human rights organizations.
To learn more about the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University, visit:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Learn More About Viola Gregg Liuzzo

The Jim Crow Museum mural features a number of important individuals. One of those names that is familiar to those who lived or have studied the Civil Rights Movement is Viola Gregg Liuzzo.

Here is an excerpt from a post (the original post and the references can be found on this page: on the Jim Crow Museum website:

On March 16, 1965, Viola Liuzzo left Detroit, Michigan to tak
Viola Gregg Liuzzo
e part in the voting rights protests in Selma, Alabama. For a little over a week prior to her departure from Detroit, Liuzzo was terribly disturbed by the news coverage she had seen of the violent "Bloody Sunday" attacks on protestors on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7 (Mendelsohn, 1966, p. 182). Liuzzo participated in demonstrations through the streets of Detroit and on the campus of Wayne State University in a show of support for the rights of those who had been attacked. However, as a woman who possessed strong convictions and a demonstrated willingness to take action for causes she believed in, Liuzzo was convinced that she had to actually join the fight in Selma. Thus, Liuzzo headed south on a journey that would ultimately end in tragedy and controversy (Stanton, 1998, pp. 132-142).

For more on the Jim Crow Museum located in Big Rapids, Mich. at Ferris State University, visit:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jim Crow Museum Question of the Month (April): Leather From Human Skin

Here is an excerpt from the Jim Crow Museum Question of the Month, for April 2013:

Q:  I don't mean to sound morbid, but I heard that the skin of slavery-era black people was sometimes used as clothes. It is probably a urban legend.
--Jenkins Pettaway- Montgomery, Alabama 
A:  Unfortunately, there is some truth to what you ask. I have read about many deplorable practices that occurred during slavery and Jim Crow in this country. I have no interest in ranking these atrocities, but I can tell you that the account that troubled me the most was about the flesh of dead Africans and African Americans being used to make shoes. I believe I first read about this in the archives of the Mouton Journal, but I could be wrong. ...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Many Faces of Ferris

The Many Faces of Ferris Project features faculty and staff discussing the benefits of being a part of Ferris State University. This was a 2011 Television and Digital Media Production student project.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Cites 'Important Contributions' of the Jim Crow Museum

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research, toured the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., as he and a PBS film crew shot a segment for a six-part series, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” for the network on Nov. 16.

Read more here:

Here are some of the photos:

Ferris State University Board of Trustees Chair Ronald Snead, Jim Crow Museum Director Dr. Andy Karafa, Dr. David Pilgrim and Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. chat just outside of the Museum entrance.

Dr. Gates and Dr. Pilgrim discussed future collaborations.

Dr. Gates and Dr. Pilgrim share a moment inside of the Museum.

A PBS crew films exhibits inside of the Jim Crow Museum.

Dr. Gates (right) is shown with Dr. David Pilgrim, curator and founder of the Jim Crow Museum and vice president for diversity and Inclusion at Ferris State University

To learn more about the Jim Crow Museum, visit:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

You Can Be A Rapper (With All The Associated Stereotypes) For About $10

This is quite the interesting image making the rounds in social media land.

You get a "bling ring" gold teeth and a medallion.

Monday, August 20, 2012

2010 Census: Blacks, Asians and Hispanics Now Majority in NYC

The Root published an interesting story, from the New York Times, related to the recently-released 2010 census regarding black, Hispanic and Asian residents of New York City.

The essence of the story states that black, Hispanic and Asian residents now make up a majority of residents in New York City and the suburbs of NYC (them metropolitan area) for the first time, according to the 2010 census. The article states that New York is the first major metro area in the U.S., outside of the South or West, to have non-Hispanic whites become the minority of the population.

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NOTE: Image was removed due to a complaint from Destination360

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Malaak Shabazz, Daughter Of Malcolm X, Visits Jim Crow Museum

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. welcomed a special guest, Malaak Shabazz, daughter of the late human rights activist Malcolm X.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Does Image Of Obama With Rope Around His Neck Show Race Remains An Issue?

It appears that some in the U.S. still have a long way to go before we realize the idea of being a post-racial country.

Images like this are disturbing for what is obvious and for the lack of understanding about why such an image is like salt in the wound of racism.