IGE is a meeting place for community groups that share our concerns about human rights and education for multicultural and religious awareness. We promote peaceful conflict resolution through training, workshops with youth and adults, and ongoing community discussion.

Heading for Extinction – A Talk with Paul Laferriere

at Fountain Street Church Monday, February 17, 2020 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Extinction Rebellion Grand Rapids (XR-GR) is hosting the talk “Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It. Free of charge. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshment will be served.

Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, a tribute to African American men and women who have made significant contributions to America and the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other fields. While Black History Month is synonymous with prominent figures such as Martin Luther King Jr.Harriet TubmanRosa ParksMuhammad AliJackie RobinsonLangston HughesMaya AngelouGeorge Washington Carver and Barack Obama, there are countless other African Americans who’ve made a profound impact in history: self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, astronaut Mae C. Jemison, open-heart surgeon Daniel Hale Williams, inventor Garret Morgan, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and “Father of Black History” Carter G. Woodson, who lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide celebration, among many others. Explore biographies, videos and articles that celebrate their historic achievements.

Black History Month 2020 Theme 

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The Black History Month 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.

In the Radical Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War, newly freed black men made great political gains, winning office in Southern state legislatures and even Congress. The Southern backlash was swift and marked by the passage of “black codes” designed to intimidate black voters, prompting a call for formal, national legislation on the right to vote.

The women’s rights movement grew out of the abolitionist movement, with activists like Frederick Douglas working alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton to secure the right to vote for all. That goal was reached with the passage of the nineteenth amendment in 1920.


Heading for extinction . . . and what we can do about it

Monday, February 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Sunday February 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM At Fountain Street Church
24 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, 49503

MCPGV (Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence ) and Rob Roznowski, Michigan State Dept. of Theatre Faculty, are excited to announce a production of The Gun Show, written by Playwright E.M. Lewis. The one-actor play starring Jala Jackson explores Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and relationship with guns and American gun culture. The narrative leans neither left or right but instead centers on the question: Can we talk about this?

The Gun Show will be performed throughout Michigan so everyone will have a chance to experience this compelling drama. Tickets range from $5- $10/donation. 

The Gun Show will be followed by a question and answer session- so we can talk about this!

The Gun Show: Starring Jala Jackson 

Jala Jackson, Senior (Detroit, MI); BFA Acting- Jala was most recently seen at MSU in Men On Boats and The BacchaeThe Gun Show is her first solo show and first traveling show and she is extremely excited! She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and continuous support.

Volunteers Welcome

1. Institute for Global Education is seeking volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in Peace & Justice issues, and passionate about people and developing more community. The Board of IGE is seeking individuals with good computer skills, add names to our database, send notices to people in data base about upcoming events, and send other information when needed. Board would like new volunteer to work in office at least one day a week, and be able to work independently, or other with other volunteer(s) from time to time.
2. Institute for Global Education is seeking volunteer to work with another volunteer to display and organize our fair trade items that we sale in office that IGE sales. These fair trade items represent Peace & Justice. This volunteer will work with the Treasurer and treasurer assistant to keep track of sales, keep a log, order new supply when need. This job can be done a once or twice month basis.
If Interested please email your information to email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the office 616-454-1642

Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA)


GRAAMA 87 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Hours Opened: Tues-Sat 12-5pm 616-540- 2943

June- September Local Quilts from “ Changing America; The Underground Railroad and March on Washington”  &
“ City of Hope”: Resurrection City and 1968 Poor People Campaign Nergo League Baseball 

POP-EVENTS June-September Rotating exhibits honoring local activist including Carl Smith, Cleo Cross, the Northeast 4, Robert F. Williams, Emory Douglas, Phyllis Scott, the Bergmans and Sonya Hughs.
Speakers June- September Local Activist, such as Dr. Emmett Bolden and Dr. Eugene Alston . They will recount their personal accounts in the many activist moments within Grand Rapids.

Please donate to IGE

The Institute for Global Education stands for peace and justice here in Grand Rapids. Please make a donation to keep the Institute for Global Education moving forward.

Every penny goes towards stopping attacks on women, immigrants, unions, African Americans and other oppressed peoples. IGE marched at the airport against Muslim ban. IGE hosts the International Day of Peace where over 150 people participated. IGE supported our union bus drivers of ATU in the struggle to preserve pensions, keep health care benefits, and win a good contract here at the Rapid. IGE rallies and protests against putting children in cages, and taking babies from their parents at the border to ship them to Bethany Christian Services here in Grand Rapids. IGE supported the Young Lords 50 Years Conference in Chicago. IGE has participated in Day of the Dead, Mandela Day, and many other efforts. Together we can build strong movements.

Please donate now! We need your donation more than ever.

Ay Maripose – Battle For The Borderlands, Documentary for March 15, 2020 12-2pm

at East Congregational Church, 1005 Giddings SE, 
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 The film, Ay Mariposa, portrays life on the border, and the struggle of three borderlands residents in the lengthening shadow of the wall.

The film’s subjects include: Marianna Trevino Wright, Director of the National Butterfly Center; Zulema Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant and life-long migrant farmworker; and the butterfly, a creature fighting for survival in a landscape where more than 95 percent of its habitat is long gone and much of what remains lies directly in the path of the wall. 

Ay Mariposa is the work of long-time borderlands documentarian Krista Schlyer and award-winning filmmakers Jenny Nichols and Morgan Heim, who have followed the events unfolding in South Texas since President Donald Trump was elected and vowed to complete the border barrier that has been under intermittent construction since the 1990s. Schlyer, the film’s director and author of the acclaimed 2012 book Continental Divide: Wildlife, People and the Border Wall, has documented the rise of walls on the United States’ border for the past decade.

“Nearly 700 miles of border barriers have been constructed since the 1990s,” Schlyer says.“The completion of the border wall under the Trump administration would seal the fate of some of the most endangered animals in North America, and fundamentally alter the existence of every borderlands resident. Ay Mariposa aims to spark a discussion about the deep emotions that have led us to this moment, and the unacceptable consequences of a border wall.” 

Global Protest for No War on Iran – Grand Rapids, MI

Saturday, January 25, 2020. 

At Fulton and Divison
TIME: 1pm-3pm

Tom Burke, Barb Howard, Tony Geren, and Mike DeRuiter will be leading the Protest in Grand Rapids.

Martin Luther King Jr 1/15/29

It’s the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., (books by this author) born on this day in Atlanta (1929). He is best known for his work as a leader during the civil rights movement and his commitment to nonviolence. On April 4th, 1967, King delivered a speech called “Beyond Vietnam,” in which he strongly denounced America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was concerned that the war was recruiting poor and minority soldiers, that it was draining resources from much-needed social programs at home, and that it was an unjust war anyway, targeting the poor people of Vietnam. He said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Throughout the next year, he continued to speak out against the war, and said that the civil rights movement and the peace movement should come together for greater strength. He began a “Poor People’s Campaign” to fight economic inequality. On April 4th, 1968, exactly one year after his first anti-war speech, King was assassinated while he was standing on the balcony of his Memphis motel room. He was preparing to lead a protest march in solidarity with garbage workers who were on strike.

He said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

And he said: “Here and there an individual or group dares to love, and rises to the majestic heights of moral maturity. So in a real sense this is a great time to be alive. Therefore, I am not yet discouraged about the future. Granted that the easygoing optimism of yesterday is impossible. Granted that those who pioneer in the struggle for peace and freedom will still face uncomfortable jail terms, painful threats of death; they will still be battered by the storms of persecution, leading them to the nagging feeling that they can no longer bear such a heavy burden, and the temptation of wanting to retreat to a more quiet and serene life. Granted that we face a world crisis which leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.” ( from Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac)

A.J. Muste Birthday 1/8/1885

1885  – “A.J.” Muste was born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. February 11, 1967 in New York, NY); a Dutch-born American clergyman, later a Quaker,  and political activist.

Muste is best remembered for his work in the labor movement, pacifist movement, anti-war movement, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Muste grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI.  

In 1966, Muste traveled with members of the Committee for Non-Violent Action to Saigon and Hanoi. He was arrested and deported from South Vietnam.

He was remembered by his contemporary, Norman Thomas, as a man who made ” a remarkable effort to show that pacifism was by no means passivism and that there could be such a thing as a non-violent social revolution.”