Public invited to Thursday event
BIG RAPIDS — Originally set to take place at Ferris State University, residents are now invited virtually to attend a discussion regarding making change, having a voice and being a part of the future.
“She was supposed to come to Ferris as part of the Great Michigan Read, and it was a collaboration with the Big Rapids Community Library, Ferris, and Artworks,” Event facilitator Lynne Scheible said. “The Great Michigan Read is an effort by Michigan Humanities. Every other year, they pick a Michigan author and ask communities around the state of Michigan to get the word out about it.
“This year’s book by Michigan Humanities’ choice was ‘What the Eyes Don’t See.'”
Scheible refers to this year’s writer, Dr. Mona Hana-Attisha — a Michigan author who wrote “What the Eyes Don’t See,” a book about the Flint water crisis.
“We’re inviting people to participate and whether you’ve read the book or not is irrelevant. I believe people will still get a lot out of hearing her story,” she said.
Landing in the Dearborn area after her parents immigrated to the states, Hanna-Attisha’s graduated medical school and wanted to work closely to people who have strong needs, Schieble said.
“She’s a pediatrician in Flint,” she added. “The book tells her story about how she started seeing the issues with these children and how one thing led to another.”
According to Scheible, Thursday’s virtual event will be the final opportunity to discuss the book, noting how several book discussions have already taken place this month. However, Thursday’s discussion will include Hanna-Attisha herself.
Already attending a virtual discussion about the book, Scheible has seen residents gather virtually to discuss having an impact on their community, discussing transportation, homelessness, food security and more.
The final virtual meeting is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, via Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/6146194619.
“You don’t have to have read the book to get a lot out of this (event). Everybody is welcome to participate,” Scheible said. “It’s a wonderful story about making change, having a voice, and having hope for the future.”