The couple joined about 70 other community members for the first of 15 presentations for Calvin College’s January lecture series. Each presentation is held at the Calvin campus and is broadcast to 44 remote sites throughout Michigan, and the U.S., Canada and Lithuania.
Wilkerson’s presentation was projected onto the wall of Second Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven.
The series began Wednesday and ends Jan. 28. Fifteen speakers will present on topics ranging from religion to climate control and economics.
The Schuitemas said they’ve attended the lecture series for the past four or five years.
Dale Schuitema said they attended Wednesday’s presentation because the topic wasn’t at the forefront of their minds when they grew up in Michigan.
“It’s things you don’t think about during that time period,” he said.
Community members sipped coffee and relaxed in the church’s gymnasium as Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, spoke about the 6 million African-Americans who moved to the north to escape the caste system in the South.
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