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Be Human & Kind: The Lawn Sign Created By An Ann Arbor Man

Oct 22, 2020

"Humankind. Be Both." Sign
Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

The sign reads "Humankind Be Both" and is popping up around Ann Arbor, the state, and even across the country.  Ann Arbor resident Keith Kurz came up with the idea and asked a work colleague's 12 year-old daughter to design it.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Keith to find out more about the idea and how the sentiment is spreading throughout the community.


(From L to R) Erin Kawata and and her older sister Shanon Kawata (who designed the sign).
Credit Keith Kurz

Ann Arbor resident Keith Kurz says he first saw the phrase "Humankind Be Both" on a button several years ago and recently decided it would make a good yard sign to be shared.  So he asked a work colleague's 12 year-old daughter, Shanon Kawata, to design it, and he paid for having several hundred made.  

Now in a second batch of production, contributions are being accepted at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, where they are available on Saturdays.  Kurz says his intention was simple: "To get the message out  that kindness matters," adding he hopes "we can all have the heart to be both...both human and kind"-- especially during a pandemic and a major election year.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu