About Us

Bridges to Cultural Understanding is a grassroots organization created to provide a means of bringing multi-cultural individuals together across social boundaries in order to give us all an opportunity to share our individual stories and to dialogue with one another. All Bridges to Cultural Understanding meetings are open to the community at no charge. Our meetings offer a great opportunity for an inter-generational, multi-cultural exchange of information, questions, answers and new perspectives.

Our Objectives

• To share the reality and depth of the personal stories of our cultures.

• To promote understanding of each culture's history, contributions, special holidays and celebrations, religion, challenges (both historic and present,) current pressing issues and dreams for the future.

• To build intra-cultural friendships and alliances committed to reducing misconceptions, healing racism and uniting together to identify and change attitudes, structures and laws that perpetuate disparities.

Programs and Events

2018 BTCU Programs

The mission statement of the 2018 Multicultural Celebration is to collaborate, uplift and promote all of the multicultural programs and opportunities being offered to our Battle Creek Community this summer.

Our goal is to not conflict with any of the dates listed below, and to ideally try to allow 3-4 days between any other scheduled event as listed.

Sunday June 3rd at 3 p.m.
2018 Multicultural Celebration, "Unity in Diversity, the Heartbeat and Ties of Many Cultures." Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, June 3rd at 3 p.m. at the Art Center, 265 E. Emmett St., Battle Creek. Southern Straight singers, dancers and drummers from the NHBPI and Voces confirmed program participants.

Sat. June 9......10-11am....African American Spirituals Sing Along. At the Underground Railroad Monument site behind the Kellogg House. Vivian Laws Ritter will welcome the community and .share the historical significance of the legendary individuals represented at the Sojourner Truth Monument and the Underground Railroad Monument. Count Laws and Carolyn Ballard will lead the musical part of the program

Fri., June 15,.Juneteenth locally is celebrated as Juneteenth Family Day and aligns with the state Juneteenth holiday celebrated on the 3rd Saturday in June each year and is held at Claude Evans Park. On Saturday, the time is from 6 p.m. until midnight. The public is invited to get in the game or come out to watch our Community Old School Baseball Game, which starts at 6 p.m., followed by a movie in the park, "Akeelah and the Bee," which begins at dusk, free popcorn served.

Sat., June 16th, ..11a.m.--6 p.m. Juneteenth Day 2. Food, retail and information booths are available and entertainment from the main stage begins at 12:30 p.m. One of the confirmed headliners is "Stacked," but additional entertainment is anticipated to be confirmed in the days ahead.

Sat., Sun., June 23, 24......NHBPI Pow Wow at Pine Creek Recreation Fields, 1485 Mno- Bmadzewen Way, Fulton, MI.

Sat., June 30..... Voces.Family Day at Riverside Park. ?12-4 p.m.

Sat., July 14...Beat In The Creek, Leila Arboretum, contact Reba Harrington for details. Multicultural musicians

Tues., July 17, Wed. 18, and Thursday, July 19....Art Center Summer Camp, 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Three days around the world for 6-12 year olds. .

Sat., July 21.......Battle Creek Caribbean Festival, Reggae Band..at Market Square.

Tues., August 7, Viewing of the documentary, "The Canary Effect," the truth about the Native American Indian Schools.starts at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, to be held in the Sanctuary, discussion moderated by Scott Durham, history teacher at Lakeview High School. Refreshments afterwards in the atrium.

Sat., ? August, August 11 or 18.....Battle Creek International SummerFest at Anybody's Park.

Tues., August 14, Viewing of Spike Lee's documentary,"Four Little Girls." A look at white racism held at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, shown in the the 2nd floor Cinema Room. Discussion afterwards moderated by Scott Durham, history teacher at Lakeview High School. Refreshments immediately afterwards in the Harmony Room, 2nd floor.

Wed. August 15....Korean Independence Day at HAN - MEE Korean American Presbyterian Church on Helmer Rd.

In addition to continuing to write to our congressmen and senators in support of the Supreme Court's overturn of President Trump"s order to end DACA, thereby offering our Dreamers renewed hope for an assured future here in the United States, we have an additional opportunity to uplift them by donating financial support to help pay the $495 cost of each required DACA renewal application. Donations of any size are welcome in defraying the cost of each renewal and can be made through Battle Creek Voces office via their website: www.vocesbc.org

For additional information please contact:
Nina LaGrand at 269-964-4921 or email ninalagrand@icloud.com
Barb Shambach at 928-821-3788 or email bjshambach@aol.com

Video Links of Interest

A Girl Like Me
Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves
Reza Aslan
Unity in Diversity

An internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, tells his own story of growing up as an Iranian-born emigre and explores the common narrative of what it means to be an American
One Drop Rule
"Insights and implications regarding the "One Drop Rule."
The Rev. Eric Law of the Kaleidoscope Institute
Talks about assumptions that we might make when we meet another person?