"Hateful Things" Community Guide

Monday, February 12–Friday, March 2, 2018
Center for Faith and Life, Upper Level

"Hateful Things" is a traveling exhibition from Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Here is the accompanying curator's note:

"These images make up the Jim Crow Museum's traveling exhibition -- a sampling of the 10,000 pieces that represent nearly 150 years of anti-Black, racist objects and images. Each piece is accompanied by a didactic panel explaining its historical and cultural significance. The traveling exhibition has made its way around the state of Michigan at various colleges and universities."

We encourage faculty members to consider ways to create space for conversations related to the "Hateful Things" exhibition in their spring classes.

Preparing for the Exhibition

There are various resources available on the Internet to help us prepare for this exhibition. Please make use of these as you consider how to prepare yourself and those around you for "Hateful Things."

Hope College Resource Guide: A library guide that includes many books, videos, and articles to support teaching, research, and conversations surrounding the exhibition.

A Tour of the Jim Crow Museum

Tour the Jim Crow Museum with founder and curator, Dr. David Pilgrim.


TV and Radio interviews with Dr. David Pilgrim:
Dozens of interviews with the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum.

Documentary Film and Discussion

November 12, 2017: Mott Borlaug, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Ethnic Notions is Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice.

The showing and discussion of this documentary is one of the ways in which the campus is being  prepared for the "Hateful Things" exhibit which will be on the campus from February 12–March 2. The post film discussion will be led by Dr. Novian Whitsitt.

All are invited.

Sponsoring Departments

  • Luther Galleries, primary sponsor and facilitator
  • Africana Studies
  • Center for Ethics and Public Engagement
  • Diversity Council
  • Diversity Center
  • Dean’s Office
  • English
  • Religion