It is well worth a special trip to the Communication Arts & Sciences Building to view the collection of inspiring 60/50 posters exhibited throughout hallways of the first floor. The art work was created by advertising students in the Advanced Creative Media class taught by assistant professor Henry Brimmer.
Many of the posters include images of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and convey messages of peace, love and hope to help kick off Project 60/50, a yearlong, university-wide initiative. Project 60/50 officially begins in January 2014 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education and 50th anniversary of the passage and signing into law of the Civil Rights Act.
The intent of Project 60/50, which is being coordinated through MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, is to link academic exploration and study with public commemoration and remembrance, laced with a multitude of cultural expressions.
The 1954 Brown decision was the beginning of the end for segregation in America’s public schools on the basis of race. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made unlawful major forms of discrimination. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, facilities that served the general public and the workplace.
For more information on the initiative, see the 60/50 Project website.