February 17, 2012 – While there’s been progress, racism is still an area of concern in today’s America.  The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library (GADML) in Midland will host a panel discussion on this subject on Tuesday, February 28 as it relates to “The Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age” by author Kevin Boyle.  This free event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. 


“The Arc of Justice” is the 2011-2012 Great Michigan Read selection.  It’s a troubling, non-fiction account of what happened when an African American physician purchased a house in an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925.


Discussion panelists include Dr. Betty Jones, author and educator; Leola Wilson, president of the Saginaw Branch of the NAACP; Ric Shahin, lead teacher, social studies, H.H. Dow High School; and Jack Telfer, editor of the Midland Daily News.  The discussion will be moderated by Ron Suszek, supervisor, Adult Services for the GADML.


The Library is partnering with the Michigan Humanities Council to present this program.


The Library is located at 1710 W. St. Andrews Road in Midland.  For more information, call 989-837-3451 or visit