616 is Grand Rapids local area code, and today is June 16 – aka 616. Today is also the inaugural 616 Day – what organizers hope will become an annual event. The event will be held TODAY at Celebration Cinema Studio Park Piazza at 123 Ionia Avenue SW.
This first 616 Day is also a crowd-funding fundraiser for a film project from Grand Stand Pictures. The filmmakers are working on a movie version of A City Within A City: the Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, MI film project – Dr. Todd Robinson’s book, the eBook about which I recently posted.
It’s not a new book, but it’s a great read. And, it’s finally available in unlimited user eBook format – that’s great since our print book is usually checked out. Dr. Todd Robinson‘s A City Within a City : The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Robinson examines the civil rights movement in the North by concentrating on the struggles for equality in Grand Rapids, Michigan. School integration and bureaucratic reforms as well as the role of black youth activism detail the diversity of black resistance. Understanding race relations in Grand Rapids has broader implications for illuminating the twentieth-century African American urban experience.”
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