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Abstract The Human Rights and Community Relations Department of the American Federation of Teachers was created by Vice President Richard Parrish October 2, 1966. Before the official department was created it was a standing committee and then a permanent committee with in the executive council. The department was created as an office in the AFT that would be responsible for collecting and distributing information about the government, education and community policies and programs dealing with civil...
Dates: 1960 - 2005
Abstract Carrie Burton Overton was active in African-American educational, political, and arts organizations through much of the twentieth century. The collection includes a series of studio portraits dating from around the time of her marriage; portraits of family members and some other individuals; scenes at Howard University and the Tuskegee Institute; and several panoramic group pictures at alumni, political, and arts events.
Dates: 1913 - 1960
Abstract With a background in labor activities and civil rights, Coleman Young captured a Michigan State Senate seat in 1964, representing an east side Detroit district, and rose quickly to leadership posts in the Lansing legislature. Michigan Democrats elected him in 1968 to become the first black member ever to serve on the Democratic National Committee. In 1973, pledging to restore peace between the people and police of Detroit, Coleman Young announced as a candidate for Mayor of Detroit. He defeated...
Dates: 1964 - 1993; Majority of material found in 1993 - 1993
Overview The first installment of the papers of Damon J. Keith consists primarily of published material documenting important milestones in Judge Keith's career, his precedent-setting judicial decisions and the many honors and awards bestowed upon him for his dedication to the city of Detroit and his pioneering role in ensuring equal justice for all Americans.
Dates: 1948 - 2001; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1989
Abstract Elvin Lamoine Davenport (1899-1988) was the first African-American judge elected to the Recorder’s Court for the City of Detroit; he served on the bench for over 20 years. Davenport was born in Folly, Virginia, attended local schools, and received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his law degree from Howard University Law School in 1929. After graduation he worked as a Pullman porter for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and completed further graduate studies at McGill...
Dates: 1942 - 1991; Majority of material found within 1942 - 1977
Abstract Ernest Smith was a teacher in the Detroit Public School System who was involved in the black civil rights movement. He helped found the Michigan Freedom Now Party, an all-black party, for whom he ran as candidate for U.S. senator. His papers reflect his interest in black political action, resistance to compulsory unionization, right-to-work organizations, and civil rights issues.
Dates: 1962 - 1977; Majority of material found within 1964 - 1971
Abstract In 2007, Reuther archivist William LeFevre conducted an oral history on the organization Focus: HOPE, interviewing its co-founder, Eleanor Josaitis, and longtime supporter Senator Carl Levin. The civil and human rights organization Focus: HOPE emerged in March of 1968 in the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots. Its aims were and are to overcome racism and poverty and foster social justice, racial integration, and urban employment through food distribution, human relations, and job training...
Dates: 2007-07-10; 2007-10-19
Abstract Frances D. and G. Lyman Paine enjoyed a forty-four year political and personal partnership. Their papers reflect their radical political interests and activities and include material related to the newspaper "Correspondence."
Dates: 1953 - 1976; Majority of material found within 1953 - 1960
Abstract Horace Sheffield served as an international representative for the UAW and was particularly active in promoting civil rights issues through the Trade Union Leadership Council and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He papers reflect his work on the board of The Detroit Plan Group, Inc., an organization established to increase minority representation in the construction trades in the Detroit metropolitan area.
Dates: 1963 - 1977
Abstract The James and Grace Lee Boggs Photographs and Audio-Visual Materials document the personal and philosophical interests of the Boggses throughout their respective lives. Featured are audio recordings of lectures, sermons, and interviews by Rev. Albert Cleage (Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman), Malcolm X, Milton Henry, and C.L.R. James, among others, and recordings from entities such as the Freedom NOW Party and the National Grassroots Leadership Conference. Though not as heavily represented, recordings of...
Collection — Container: Small Processed Collections: La-Le, Box 9, Folder: 7-8
Abstract Layle Lane was a public school teacher in New York City and active in the American Federation of Teachers and the New York Teachers Guild. She was the first African-American vice-president of the New York City AFT local and chaired their Committee for Democratic Human Relations. Her papers relate primarily to civil rights and the role of African-Americans in American society, including copies of two briefs filed by the AFT in Brown vs. Board of Education.
Dates: 1940 - 1969
Abstract The papers of Lily Lampinen reflect her personal interest in a variety of important social and political issues, particularly civil rights for minorities.
Dates: 1960 - 1975; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1969
Abstract Stepp worked for nineteen years at the Chrysler Highland Park plant and advanced through positions of union leadership from shop committeeman, chief steward and vice president of Local 490 to the Chrysler-UAW National Negotiating Committee. In 1967 he was appointed international representative with Region 1B, was elevated to assistant regional director in 1973 and in 1974 was elected International Vice President, assuming Nelson Jack Edwards' spot on the union's International Executive...
Dates: 1940 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1989
Abstract Mary White Ovington began her career as a social worker, devoting her efforts to the problems of African-Americans in New York and other cities. She helped found the National Association for Advancement of Colored People and remained an officer and prominent figure until her retirement in 1947. Her papers reflect her interest and involvement with the living conditions of the poor in New York City and African-Americans in the south in the early 1900s; the foundation and growth of the NAACP; the...
Dates: 1854 - 1948
Abstract Best known as the first African-American member of management at both Michigan Bell Telephone Company and AT&T, Ramon S. Scruggs, Sr. served as an influential civil rights figure in the American business community. Scruggs' career began at the Rumford Baking Company as a National Sales Representative in 1932, the first African-American to hold such a prominent position in the food industry. He left the company to join the Detroit Urban League and local YMCA branch, starting a relationship...
Dates: 1935 - 1985; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1974
Abstract Rosa Parks, often referred to as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, is most famous for her refusal to give up her bus seat to a white rider in segregated Montgomery, Alabama in December 1955. She was secretary of her local and state NAACP and was a member of Michigan Congressman John Conyers staff after her family moved to Detroit. Her papers reflect mainly her years in Detroit and her association with numerous church, community, and civil rights organizations.
Dates: 1955 - 1976
Abstract Subjects include: African-American workers; anti-Semitism; civil rights; community action programs; CIO state councils; race relations; Democratic Party; Detroit Revolutionary Union Movements; employment discrimination; Sunnyhills Housing Cooperative; Ku Klux Klan; Mexican Americans; gender discrimination; women's rights; United Steelworkers of America; sharecroppers; skilled trades; school desegregation
Note: Box 13 is unavailable.
Note: Box 13 is unavailable.
Dates: 1940 - 1980
Abstract Clippings, reports, correspondence, and reports of articles relating to writings and other activities of Willard S. Townsend, founder and president of the International Brotherhood of Red Caps (1938), which later became the United Transport Service Employees (CIO). The collection has material on Mr. Townsend and also on civil rights, blacks in labor and the Korean War, and history of the UTSE.
Dates: 1944 - 1966
Abstract In 1989, the Detroit Urban League initiated a project to create an oral history of Detroit’s African American community, underrepresented in traditional histories of the city, focusing on the period of 1918 through 1967, from near the time of the League’s founding to the civil unrest of 1967. Elaine Latzman Moon, then on staff at the Detroit Urban League, led the project and interviewed more than 200 participants from all walks of life, ages, and social and economic status, including many...
Dates: 1990 - 1994
Abstract Wade Hampton McCree, Jr. began his career as a lawyer in the Detroit law firm of Harold E. Bledsoe and Hobart Taylor. He later served on the state’s Workmen’s Compensation Commission and as a judge in the county and U.S. court system. During his tenure on the bench, McCree took part in a number of school desegregation cases iand as the government’s lawyer, he argued a number of significant cases before the Supreme Court. He resigned in 1977 to accept appointment as U.S. Solicitor General in the...
Dates: 1937 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1954 - 1987
Abstract The Wayne State University Department of African American Studies was formed in 1970. Its predecessor names were, the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for Black Studies. The files mainly reflect the department's activities from 1970 to 1984 with some materials dating from the mid 1960s.
- African Americans 19
- Civil rights 19
- Detroit (Mich.)--Race relations 7
- Labor unions 6
- Detroit (Mich.) 5
- Education 4
- Women 4
- Affirmative action 3
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government 3
- Michigan -- Politics and government 3
- Minorities 3
- Politics, Practical 3
- Radicalism 3
- Social history 3
- African Americans--History 2
- Communism 2
- Courts --United States 2
- Desegregation 2
- Detroit--social conditions 2
- Housing 2
- Oral histories 2
- Segregation 2
- Transcripts 2
- Women in the labor movement 2
- Affirmative action programs 1
- African American arts 1
- African American labor leaders 1
- African American labor union members 1
- African American women 1
- Agency fee 1
- Asian American women 1
- Black nationalism--United States 1
- Busing for School Integration 1
- City planning 1
- Civil rights movement 1
- Civil rights movements 1
- Civil rights--United States--Cases 1
- Community education 1
- Detroit (Mich.)--Riot, 1967 1
- Detroit -- Economic conditions 1
- Discrimination in employment 1
- Discrimination in housing 1
- Education, Higher 1
- Gay rights 1
- Hamtramck (Mich.) 1
- Human rights 1
- Labor 1
- Labor movement 1
- Plant shutdowns 1
- Police-community relations 1
- Race relations 1
- Racism 1
- Reproductive rights 1
- Right to work 1
- School integration 1
- Sound recordings 1
- Video recordings 1
- Wayne County (Mich.) 1
- Women's rights 1 ∧ view less
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 5
- American Federation of Teachers 4
- Boggs, Grace Lee 3
- Boggs, James 2
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 2
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 2
- Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (U.S.) 1
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 1
- Cunningham, Bill 1
- Davenport, Elvin 1
- Detroit (Mich.). Police Department 1
- Detroit Urban League 1
- Didier, Gene 1
- Feldman, Sandra 1
- Focus: HOPE (Organization) 1
- Henry, Milton 1
- James, C.L.R. (Cyril Lionel Robert) 1
- Johnson-Forest Tendency 1
- Josaitis, Eleanor 1
- Kugler, Phil 1
- Lampinen, Lily 1
- Lane, Layle, 1893-1976 1
- LeFevre, William 1
- Lyman, Frances D. 1
- Moon, Elaine Latzman 1
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Detroit Branch 1
- National Organization for Women 1
- Overton, Carrie Burton 1
- Ovington, Mary White 1
- Paine, G. Lyman (George Lyman) 1
- Scruggs, Ramon S., Sr. 1
- Shanker, Albert 1
- Sheffield, Horace 1
- Simpkins, Edward 1
- Smith, Ernest C. 1
- Socialist Workers Party 1
- Stepp, Marc 1
- United Steelworkers 1
- United Transport Service Employees of America 1
- Wayne State University 1
- Workers Party (1940-1949) 1
- Young, Coleman A. 1 ∧ view less
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