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We Don't Want Them

We Don't Want ThemMarch 11 - 18, 2012

The Dennos Museum Center in collaboration with the Traverse Area District Library and Interlochen Center for the Arts have been selected to serve as a community host for the Great Michigan Read traveling exhibit, We Don’t Want Them , during the month of March.

Focusing on race and housing in metropolitan Detroit, We Don’t Want Them examines the realities African Americans faced from 1900 to the present. A prominent feature of the exhibit is the Ossian Sweet trials which is documented in this year’s Great Michigan Read selection, “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age” by Kevin Boyle.

Visit the Exhibit

March 1 - 10: Interlochen Center for the Arts, Bonisteel Library
March 11 – 18: Dennos Museum Center
March 19 – 28: Traverse Area District Library's Main Branch, McGuire Room and Atrium

In addition to hosting the exhibit, each organization will offer supporting programs designed to stimulate discussion concerning the themes of discrimination as well as tolerance and acceptance which are represented in both the exhibit and book selection

Attend a Program


Interlochen Center for the Arts, 4000 Highway M-137, Interlochen MI

Panorama Lecture, Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. (free)

Peter Sparling, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham company and Thurnau Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan, presents a lecture on the 1935 Graham ballet, Panorama, in the Bonisteel Library.

Community Meeting: Wednesday, March 7 at 12:45 p.m. (free)

A one-hour presentation on jazz, poetry, and the history of Detroit in the 1920s in Corson Auditorium.

Arts Academy Jazz Ensemble, Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. (ticketed event)

A performance of music that reflects the African-American experience during the first half of the 20th Century in the Chapel.

Arts Academy Winter Dance Concert, Friday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. & Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (ticketed event)

The Interlochen Dance Ensemble and the Interlochen Academy Orchestra present Panorama and other selections in Corson Auditorium


The Dennos Museum Center, 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI

Film: Banished, Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. (free)
Film Screening of "Banished: American Ethnic Cleansing": A hundred years ago, in communities across the U.S., white residents forced thousands of black families to flee their homes. Even a century later, these towns remain almost entirely white. Banished tells the story of three of these communities and their black descendants, who return to learn their shocking histories.


Traverse Area District Library, Main Branch, 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City

Community Book Discussion, Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. (free)
"Arc of Justice" discussion with Interlochen Public Radio reporter and news producer, Linda Stephan.

Panel Discussion:, Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. (free)
Community discussion on tolerance and acceptance, co-sponsored by the Traverse City Human Rights Commission.

Lecture: A History of Our Neighborhoods, Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. (free)
Presented by the History Center of Traverse City.


The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.