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Ypsilanti Community High School Use Art To Commemorate MLK Day

Jan 11, 2017

Ypsilanti Community High School senior Kourtney Thomas and art teacher Lynn Settles.
Credit Lisa Barry

Ypsilanti high school students reacting to the recent presidential election were inspired to turn their feelings and emotions into a march and art show planned for the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Students at Ypsilanti Community High School are planning a peaceful, silent march for MLK Day next Monday starting at the Water Tower and marching down to Michigan Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Ypsilanti.

High school art teacher and the event's organizer Lynn Settles says it's also the 150th anniversary of a speech given in Ypsilanti by equal rights advocate Frederick Douglass.

Students work on their artwork.
Credit Lynn Settles

"A group of my students are creating a 6-foot sculpture of Frederick Douglass that will actually speak the same speech that Frederick Douglass spoke 150 years ago, only it will be recorded in the students' voices," Settles says.

Students work on their art projects.
Credit Lynn Settles

The students' art exhibits regarding the social climate following the recent election will be on display in downtown Ypsilanti for several weeks.

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