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Isabella County Human Rights Committee to host annual 'Let Peace Reign' event virtually


For the past three years, the Isabella County Human Rights Committee has been hosting an event that invites people from the community to come and share their thoughts on the importance of peace.

This year, the "Let Peace Reign" event will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 19 via Facebook Live on the Isabella County Human Rights Committee's Facebook page. 

The Isabella County Human Rights Committee is an organization created in 2008. The committee aims to report and investigate any injustice within Isabella County, and represents people of all backgrounds.

“We support inclusion,” said Maureen Eke, chair of the committee and English language and literature faculty member. “We work to make sure that people’s rights are protected.”

Speakers for the event include: spoken word artist Ebony Stewart, Anti-Racist Midland, Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Joesph, CMU staff, and speakers from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

Eke, who will also be speaking, encourages CMU students to attend because, “so long as you live in this community… we are open to you. We are here for you.” Whether a student is originally from the Mount Pleasant area or not, while they attend CMU, the Isabella County Human Rights Committee is “a valuable resource” they have access to.

“We can’t keep talking about wars outside the boundaries when we are at war internally,” Eke said. “Everyone who comes is going to talk about what they’re doing to contribute towards peace.”