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MSU’s Living History Project: 85-year-old Domingo Berlanga of Flint

Courtesy MSU Living History Project

For the past year, students in MSU's School of Journalism have documented the life experiences of seniors in our state as part of the multimedia initiative "The Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan's Oldest Old." Oldest old refers to individuals who are 85 years old or older. It's also the fastest growing age group in the U.S. In our third installment of the four part series, we hear from 85-year-old Flint resident Domingo Berlanga.Born in Bryant, Texas, Berlanga spent his early years as a sharecropper before landing in Flint and becoming a leader in the American GI Forum, a civil rights group for Hispanic veterans.

Domingo Berlanga was interviewed by Eva Nienhouse, with editing help from Matthew Simpson.

The Living History Project is a collaboration between the School of Journalism and College of Nursing. Professors Geri Alumit Zeldes, Linda Keilman and Eric Freedman led the project.

The work is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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