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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
Abstract Upon graduating from the Detroit College of Law, Roberson went into private practice, and later worked as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor and as an assistant U.S. attorney. He also served as a member and then chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Roberson was elected to the Detroit Recorders Court in 1974 and eventually became its chief judge in 1987. The Roberson Collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, his retirement speech and photos, amongst other material,...
Dates: 1970 - 1999
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 Lawyer Harold Norris served as chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Detroit Branch and was a member of the National Lawyers Guild. Mr. Norris’ papers reflect his interest in issues of civil rights and civil liberties and document his career as a lawyer and advocate for the ACLU.
Dates: 1941 - 1968; Majority of material found within 1952 - 1962
Abstract Correspondence, pamphlets, booklets, newsletters, clippings, reports, and notes collected by Mr. Gilmore, who has been active politically in Detroit and Michigan. In 1952 he was special assistant U.S. attorney for the Office of Price Stabilization under Philip A. Hart; from 1955-56 he served as deputy attorney general of Michigan; from 1956 to the present he has been a Wayne County Circuit Court judge; from 1965-68 he helped to organize the Detroit Citizens Committee for Equal Opportunity and...
Dates: 1957 - 1969
Abstract The Jerome P. Cavanagh Photographs and Other Material consists of numerous photographs, the majority of which were taken during his time in office. These photographs cover events such as the 1968 Olympic Bid, visits from Lyndon B. Johnson, aftermath of the 1967 unrest, and Mayor Cavanagh with various prominent Detroit business people, union members, and politicians. Also included in the collection is memorabilia from his 1966 Senate campaign, 1968 Olympic information, and other various...
Dates: 1960 - 1979; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1969
Abstract A member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 50, Olga Madar served as director of recreation programs, social services and women's activities, and as director of the International Union's Recreational Department. Ms. Madar was the first woman to hold a position on the UAW International Executive Board, and the first woman to serve as UAW International Vice-President. Ms. Madar's papers reflect her career with the UAW and her commitment to advocacy for women, minorities and senior citizens.
Dates: 1929 - 1996; Majority of material found within 1950 - 1996
Abstract Olive R. Beasley led a career devoted to improving human and civil rights for minority groups. She served as secretary and later as executive director of the Michigan Committee on Civil Rights and was a member of the Fair Employment Practices Commission. She continued to serve its successor, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission as executive director of the Flint office. She also held numerous posts in labor and community organizations in Detroit and Flint including president of AFSCME Local 52,...
Dates: 1948 - 1989; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1972
Abstract Patrick V. McNamara was Detroit Area rent director for the OPA (1942-45), member of the Detroit Common Council (1946-47), member of the Detroit Board of Education (1949-55), and a U.S. senator (1954-66). With the exception of scrapbooks dating from 1942, the collection covers his term of office in the Senate while serving on the Public Works Committee (chairman, 1963-66), Labor and Public Welfare Committee, Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field, Select...
Dates: 1942 - 1966
Abstract Dr. Robinson was the second black physician to receive advanced residency training in Detroit, and the first elected to the Detroit Board of Education (1955). He was prominent in the struggle for social justice in Detroit's public schools and hospitals. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence, minutes, and a variety of printed material relating to his years on the Detroit Board of Education. Also included are correspondence and some campaign literature on his unsuccessful bid for a...
Dates: 1928 - 1970; Majority of material found within 1953 - 1970
Abstract In 1957 the United Auto Workers changed the name of their Political Action Department to the Citizenship Department, headed by Roy Reuther. Their records cover activities until the subsequent name change to the Citizenship-Legislative Department.
Dates: 1957 - 1962
Abstract UAW Local 212 represented workers of the Briggs Corporation, an automobile supplier eventually purchased by Chrysler Corporation. There were numerous company and union conflicts as well as factional union conflicts which mirrored the struggles within the UAW at large. Their records document shopfloor conditions, organizing, elections, and contract negotiations in the various plants serviced by the local.
Dates: 1937 - 1965
Abstract Subjects include: civil rights; Detroit elections; Michigan Congressional elections; UAW factionalism
Dates: 1947 - 1957
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 William F. Bledsoe held a long career in the field of law. Working under Attorney General Frank Kelley, as well as being elected to the 30th District Court in Highland Park, Judge Bledsoe is particularly noted for cases pertaining to civil rights issues.
Dates: 1947 - 2002; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1989
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government 7
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Race relations 5
- Labor unions 5
- Politics, Practical 4
- Detroit (Mich.) 3
- Education 3
- African American judges 2
- African Americans 2
- City planning 2
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Riot, 1967 2
- Human rights 2
- Affirmative action 1
- African American lawyers 1
- Agency fee 1
- Automobile industry and trade 1
- Civil Service 1
- Civil rights -- United States -- Cases 1
- Desegregation 1
- Detroit (Mich.) Fire Department 1
- Detroit -- Economic conditions 1
- Detroit -- social conditions 1
- Education, Higher 1
- Equal rights amendments 1
- Flint (Mich.) 1
- Highway law 1
- Housing 1
- Labor 1
- Labor movement 1
- Minorities 1
- Neighborhoods 1
- Photographic prints 1
- Photographs 1
- Police -- community relations 1
- Posters 1
- Public works 1
- Race relations 1
- Retirees 1
- Right to work 1
- School integration 1
- Segregation 1
- Social history 1
- Social justice 1
- Strikes and lockouts 1
- Urban renewal 1
- Wayne County (Mich.) 1
- Women in the labor movement 1
- Women's rights 1 ∧ view less
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 4
- AFL-CIO 2
- Detroit (Mich.). Police Department 2
- Michigan. Civil Rights Commission. 2
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 2
- Young, Coleman A. 2
- AFSCME 1
- American Civil Liberties Union 1
- American Federation of Teachers 1
- Beasley, Olive, 1903- 1
- Bledsoe, William, III 1
- Carter, Jimmy, 1924- 1
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 1
- Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.) 1
- Democratic Party (Mich.) 1
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
- Detroit Public Schools 1
- Gilmore, Horace W., 1918-2010 1
- Girardin, Ray 1
- Humphrey, Hubert H., 1911-1978 1
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 1
- Merrill-Palmer Institute 1
- Norris, Harold 1
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 1
- Roberson, Dalton 1
- Robinson, Remus, Dr. 1
- Smith, Ernest C. 1
- United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities 1
- United States. Equal Pay Act of 1963 1
- Wayne State University 1 ∧ view less
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