Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Ferris State University
Office Phone: (231) 591-3946
David Pilgrim, professor of Sociology, has demonstrated a significant commitment to
enhancing diversity in several vital areas. A respected author and poet, he annually
assists with the University's activities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Perhaps his most important legacy will be the Jim Crow Museum, which he established and curates. The museum is a collection of more than 4,000 racist artifacts that Dr. Pilgrim personally cataloged and donated to Ferris State, a gift worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Pilgrim was a consultant to actor Will Smith in his directorial debut in an episode of the 2006 UPN television show, "All of Us."