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Coffee, Donuts, and Discussion with Lecia Brooks

Coffee, Donuts, and Discussion with Lecia Brooks

Sat November 18, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Have coffee, donuts, and discussion with Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center as she discusses how they fight hate, teach tolerance, and seek justice. She will discuss what is known about hate groups in Michigan and how they identify them and track their activities. Her talk at the KVM follows one day after her appearance as the keynote speaker at Kalamazoo's annual Summit on Racism, and coincides with the exhibit Hateful Things, on view at KVM until January 14, 2018. The exhibit is meant to examine the history of racism as well as present-day stereotyping, and to help promote racial healing.

Ms. Brooks leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s outreach efforts on key initiatives and social justice issues. As Outreach Director, she frequently gives presentations around the country to promote tolerance and diversity. She also serves as Director of the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama, an interpretive center designed to provide visitors to the Civil Rights Memorial with a deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement. She joined the SPLC staff in 2004 as Director of Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a Teaching Tolerance program designed to help break down racial, cultural, and social barriers in schools.

Since 2004, Kalamazoo’s Summit on Racism has been a unique and important tool in bringing the community together for open dialogue regarding race and creating solutions to eradicate racism. In 2017, the Summit's emphasis will be on addressing the rise of hate and intolerance in America. Registration is required for this event; please visit

No registration or fees are required to attend the Kalamazoo Valley Museum's Coffee, Donuts, and Discussion with Lecia Brooks!