The Michigan Humanities Council has named What the Eyes Don’t See: a Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha as The Great Michigan Read for 2019. The program kicks off in September as groups across the state discuss this engrossing tale of how the author, along with environmental and community activists, fought to prove that dangerous lead levels showed up in Flint’s drinking water after city, county, and state officials decided to switch the city’s water supply to the Flint River. Dr. Hanna-Attisha details the doomed money saving move from numerous angles – science, health, politics, racism, poverty, and the long-time impact on children. In addition the author, an Iraqi immigrant raised in the Upper Peninsula and the city of Royal Oak, reflects on how her work on the crisis was shaped by her background, culture, professional values, and long-standing interest in environmental activism.
The ROPL has partnered with Michigan Humanities to bring the book and associated materials to you. The Great Michigan Read aims to bridge communities around the state by choosing this book to generate common conversation.