MCC Lecture Series on Feb. 17 Looks at Idlewild: A Special Place for African Americans

Morris Thomas

Morris Thomas

The Muskegon Community College Lecture Series continues Thursday, Feb. 17, with “Idlewild: A Special Place for African Americans” presented by Morris Thomas, professor emeritus of Geography, Environment and Spatial Studies at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.

The online lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. To join via Zoom, visit

Established in 1912, Idlewild welcomed African Americans with no restrictions at a time when segregation was rampant. The small town eventually became one of the most popular African-American resorts in the Midwest. The talk will journey back through the decades when Idlewild offered rest, relaxation, and a respite from racism.

For more information on the MCC Lecture Series, contact MCC Instructor Andy Wible at (231) 777-0626 or