Coy James Lecture: Michigan's 'Black Las Vegas'

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

The documentary "Whatever Happened to Idlewild?" and its director bring a fascinating part of Michigan's African-American history to Albion on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Albion’s downtown Bohm Theatre. This presentation takes place as the College's 2016 Coy James Memorial Lecture in American History.

Once called “The Black Las Vegas,” Idlewild was a place where African Americans could vacation and relax during the segregated Jim Crow era. An incredibly vibrant community from the 1920s through 1960s, Idlewild today is far from the luxury haven that it once was.

Director Coy Davis will lead a discussion following the screening of his documentary.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Albion College history professor Wesley Arden Dick, or 517/629-0396.