EMU receives Kellogg grant to establish African American literature collection, lecture series named for graduate Thomas A. Fleming
YPSILANTI — A $50,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will help Eastern Michigan University promote literacy and diversity. The grant to the Bruce T. Halle Library will establish an African American history and literature collection and community lecture series.
“Become a Person Who Reads: The Establishment of the Thomas A. Fleming African American History and Literature Collection and the Kellogg-Fleming Lecture Series at EMU” honors Fleming, a 1968 EMU graduate and winner of Michigan’s 1991 Teacher of the Year award. Fleming also was the 1992 National Teacher of the Year, selected from among the nation’s 2.5 million elementary and secondary public school teachers and was honored at White House ceremonies.
“We sincerely believe that every student from all classes and cultural backgrounds has the potential to develop into a person of insight, purpose, and achievement, as he or she becomes “A Person Who Reads,” said Rachel Cheng, University Librarian and project director.
Funding from the grant will make Fleming’s extensive collection of African American history and literature, which he is donating to EMU, available at the Halle Library as well as on the Internet.
Its centerpiece is Fleming’s personal book and manuscript collection. The hope is that this collection and series of lectures will inspire the new generation of young people and scholars to become, according to Fleming, people who read, and then savor and act upon what they read.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 “to help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.” Its programming activities center around the common vision of a world in which each person has a sense of worth; accepts responsibility for self, family, community, and societal well-being; and has the capacity to be productive, and to help create nurturing families, responsive institutions, and healthy communities.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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