Michigan Democratic Party taps Wayne State University for tribute sculpture to Mildred JeffreyMay 5, 2004
What: Wayne State women sculptors craft a tribute to Mildred Jeffrey - sculpture commissioned by the Michigan Democratic Party
When: Wednesday, May 5, 2 p.m.
Where: The sculpture foundry of Wayne State University's Department of Art and Art History, 5743 Woodward Ave. (entrance on Palmer St. between Woodward and Cass). Foundry direct phone is (313)577-2695.
More Info: DETROIT (May 4, 2004) - Four women sculpture students at Wayne State University are particularly aware of what, to a substantial degree, all American women owe to the late Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey: equality. The four Wayne State students are shaping that awareness and admiration into an iron sculpture designed to symbolize equality itself. The casting of the iron will take place May 5 at Wayne State University. The finished work of art will be presented to Jeffrey's family by the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) as a Lifetime Achievement Award at a dinner and program in her honor at the Renaissance Center, May 15. "The Michigan Democratic Party soon will present Mildred Jeffrey's family with a Lifetime Achievement Award, in tribute to Millie's wonderful and enduring legacy of fighting for the equal rights of all people, particularly women," said MDP Chair Melvin "Butch" Hollowell. Hollowell wished for there to be a lasting, physical symbol of Jeffrey's life spent campaigning for women's and workers' rights. And what better place to look for the artists to craft such an item than Wayne State, Michigan's one and only urban public university and a school which always has welcomed, fostered and rolled up its sleeves alongside Detroit's working women and greater labor force? The WSU student-crafted award will be presented to the Mildred Jeffrey family at the MDP's annual Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner, 6 pm, May 15, at Detroit's Marriott Hotel - Renaissance Center. In acknowledgement of the founding role Mildred Jeffrey played in women's politics, the award will be presented by MDP's top women leaders, including U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, U.S. Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick of Michigan and Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan. A video about Millie's life will be shown, following the award presentation. Keynote speaker at the dinner will be former U.S. House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt.
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