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Michigan State University will celebrate Martin Luther King Day 2015 by paying tribute to its Project 60/50 “Crossing Borders, Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges.”

“We wanted to educate and engage the community, and we think we’ve done that,” says MSU Office of Inclusion leader Paulette Granberry Russell. “Racial inequality still persists in our country. We have to create space for people to talk about these issues in a respectful and civil way. We need more dialogue and conversation. We have no political agenda.

“The goal now is to sustain the work in a meaningful way that allows the legacy of 60/50 and the safe space it created for dialogue.”

The tribute and celebration will include a Saturday gala that “celebrates a year’s worth of effort;” free Sunday jazz concerts that are “our gift to the community;” a Monday luncheon in partnership with the Greater Lansing King Commemorative Celebration Commission; a student leadership conference begins Monday morning; a commemorative march from the Union to Beaumont Tower; an exhibit at the MSU Museum; and a Union Activities Board event after Saturday gala on spoken word where you’ll see “the talent of our students and the commitment around these issues” reflected.

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