What's New at Lansing Rotary
When:Friday, July 27th, 2018
Where:The Lansing Center, 2nd Floor
Speaker:Helen Pratt Mickens
Title:"Meeting the Four Generations of Slaves in Our Family"
Chair of the Day:Helen Mickens
Chair of the Month:Helen Mickens
Greeter:Julie Thomasma
Remembrance:Irv Nichols
Microphone:Janet Lillie
Editarian:Jim McGillicuddy
Helen Mickens, a member of Lansing Rotary since 1988, is from Kalamazoo. She has a BA from Kalamazoo College, a Masters from Michigan State University, and JD from WMU Thomas Cooley Law School. Helen was a professor and associate dean at Cooley Law School for 32 years. Since she retired she's made time to continue her community service, her family genealogy research, her gardening, and travel with her husband Charles.
Helen feels grateful to have come "from a family of story-tellers." It was through that she knew a lot about her family's roots in Kansas. (Her grandfather was a mustanger and farmer out there. Her great uncle worked on the Panama Canal when he wasn't a grave digger and pool hall owner in Southern Kansas.) But a single document would open the door to the story of her third great grandfather Henry Work who, after his being freed from slavery in 1809, plied a trade and raised the resources to buy his wife and seven of their children out of slavery. Henry and his family made the treacherous 700 mile trip from North Carolina (before railroads or even good roads) to Michigan. Helen will share the story of Henry Work's life and her family's saga between the years 1809 and 1850.
Upcoming Speakers
Dan Quisenberry, Pres. MAPSA
Aug 03, 2018
"Charter School Impact Across the Mitten: Parents, Politics and Outcomes"
Joshua Cowen, Assoc. Professor of Education Policy
Aug 10, 2018
Education Policy Innovation Collaborative
New Member Presentation
Aug 17, 2018
at the Lansing Center
Justin Sheehan
Aug 24, 2018
Lansing Promise
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