First Brown Bag Lunch with Carol Gibson


Navi Fields

Carol Gibson speaking to students & staff in Craft Theatre.

Carol Gibson, author of “Another Ann Arbor,” visited CHS for its first Brown Bag Lunch.
Gibson wrote her book along with Lola Jones, Vice President of the African American Museum of Washtenaw County; Working to document and broaden the African American experience in Ann Arbor through their work and really push for it to be a part of the city’s identity.

This event is the first of many more to come where a guest speaker is allowed to come in during lunch and speak either in the craft theater to an audience or in individual forums. The guests can share their experiences or their work with students, even including the things they enjoyed when they were in school.

On Oct. 27th, Students and staff were given the opportunity to learn more about local black history and information on the black history of Ann Arbor they may not have heard of before.

Students who attended could also take this as a chance to gather information for the upcoming “Through the Decades” event. Rather than having Multi-culti where forums would come up with ideas to learn more about different cultures; To connect with the Jones School centennial, forums have been assigned specific decades where they will do research on the history, culture, fashion, food, art, and culture of that time and share with another forum of a different decade.

During the event those attending were allowed to ask questions in which Gibson was able to either clarify information or expand more into her personal life.

“I thought it was really nice that Jocelyn has been working to get us more speakers who can teach us so much about the history that has been lost here,”Morgan McClease said.

McClease was especially drawn in when Gibson talked about her experience of seeing a civil rights protest at a young age and mistaking it for a parade.

Though Dean Marci was not able to attend the full event she loved every second of it and was pleased with how intrigued the students were.

“What I really really liked was her connection to our students and making it really real and how much the students we’re hanging on[to] every word,” Dean Marci said.