Skip to main content

Wayne State University Emancipation Centennial Committee Records

Identifier: WSR000159
This collection consists of the records of the Wayne State University Emancipation Centennial Committee.


  • 1962 - 1964


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 MB)


Wayne State University celebrated the centennial observance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1963 by a series of noteworthy events under the auspices of President Hilberry. Dr. Gunnar Myrdal served as honorary chairman, with Professor John Hope Franklin and Professor Arnold Rose as co-chairmen. The Faculty Steering Committee was composed of Dr. Harold Basilius, Mr. Mark Beach, Dr. Lee Benson, Dr. Broadus Butler, Dr. Juanita Collier, Dr. John Dorsey, Dr. Winfred Harbison, Dr. Ronald Haughton, Dr. Alfred Kelly, Mr. Hubert Locke (executive secretary), Mr. Charles Quick, Dr. Victor Rapport, and Dr. Hamilton Stillwell.

The centennial observance began with an Inaugural Centennial Convocation on January 6, 1963 at which time Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wayne State University. Thurgood Marshall and Ralph Emerson McGill likewise received honorary degrees at the January commencement program.

During the year, there were many symposiums and individual speeches presented. Langston Hughes, Nathan A. Scott, Jr., Dr. James Q. Wilson, Dr. Liston Pope, Dr. Rayburn Logan, Professor Sterling Brown, and Dr. Franklin gave addresses. A conference, “The Negro in a Changing Society,” featured Dr. Myrdal and Nicholas Katzenbach. “Strategies of Stimulating Change,” a symposium, presented Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, Jr., and James Farmer. Another symposium, “The Negro and the Changing Social Structure,” featured Dr. G. Franklin Edwards, Dr. Robert C. Weaver, Dr. Alfred Kelly, and Dr. William Haber. “The Negro and Religion in America” presented Dr. C. Eric Lincoln, Dr. Arthur Huff Fauset, and Dr. Carleton Lee.

The Festival of Negro Art and Music, and a symposium on “The Negro and the Changing Arts,” climaxed the year’s observance of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.


Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically therein.


Donated to the University Archives on November 5, 1965.

Related Materials

Wayne State University collections

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Julia Teran on March 6, 2014.
Guide to the Wayne State University Emancipation Centennial Committee Records
Processed by Julia Teran.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA