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Abstract Reverend Charles A. Hill served as a Baptist minister in Detroit for many years. Interested in labor unions, he encouraged his parishioners (men employed by the Ford Motor Company) to unionize and, in 1941, to strike. He was active in the Sojourner Truth Housing Project in 1942, and was a member of the committee investigating the 1943 race riot in Detroit. These activities are covered in the papers, as is the Lantz Hill interrogation. Correspondents include Prentiss Brown, John Dingell, William...
Dates: 1942 - 1951
Abstract The Commission on Community Relations evolved from the City of Detroit Mayor's Interracial Committee in 1953 and was renamed in 1974 as the Human Rights Department. All three iterations served a common purpose: to make recommendations to improve governmental services affecting racial relations, and to promote understanding between the races. Minutes, correspondence, and case studies document the Commission's efforts to achieve these goals.Topics covered include affirmative action,...
Dates: 1940 - 1984
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 Focus: HOPE emerged in March of 1968 from the ashes of the 1967 Detroit riot. The largely volunteer civil and human rights organization has created an astonishing variety of innovative programs aimed at overcoming racism, poverty and injustice by fostering integration and bringing the urban unemployed into the economic mainstream, programs which have become a model for urban revitalization worldwide. The Focus: HOPE Collection contains a wide variety of sources, including correspondence,...
Dates: 1960 - 2000; Majority of material found within 1970 - 1990
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 papers of Mr. Cavanagh, mayor of Detroit from 1962 to 1970. They include correspondence, reports, studies, speeches, minutes, and other materials of the mayor's office and commissions and departments of the city. Efforts, both local and national, in improving economic and racial conditions in Detroit are recorded in the collection. Subjects of interest include 1967 Detroit riot; Detroit Police Dept.; urban redevelopment programs; Detroit and Michigan politics; New Detroit, Inc.; poverty...
Dates: 1960 - 1979
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 Attorney Maurice Kelman taught at Wayne State University Law School and served as Special Counsel to Mayor Jerome Cavanagh. Part 1 of Mr. Kelman’s papers, which reflect his career as an attorney and arbitrator, primarily relate his work as Special Counsel to Mayor Cavanagh.Part 2 of the Collection spans the years of 1943 to 2012, including materials from Kelman's early life attending Durfee Intermediate and Cass Technical High Schools, further education at the University of Michigan,...
Dates: 1943 - 2012; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974
Abstract Professor and Detroit community advocate Mel Ravitz held various posts in Detroit politics, including positions such as the Detroit City Plan Commission Director of Community Organization, on the Detroit City Council and as staff director of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Services Board. As a professor at Wayne State University, Mr. Ravitz assisted in the formation of the University’s Department of Urban Planning.Mr. Ravitz’s papers reflect his interests in...
Dates: 1939 - 2001; Majority of material found within 1960 - 2005
Abstract Stanley Winkelman served as president and Chief Executive Officer of the historic Detroit retailer, Winkelman Stores, Inc. An active leader in the Detroit community, Mr. Winkelman served in a multitude of Detroit political and civic organizations, holding posts such as president of the Jewish Community Council of Metropolitan Detroit, on the Detroit Commission on Community Relations, and as chairman of New Detroit, Inc.Mr. Winkelman’s papers document his professional life and his...
Dates: 1892 - 2002; Majority of material found within 1943 - 1998
Overview William Hanna worked for the city of Detroit. During the course of the work day and on his free time, Hanna would capture events in the city that he personally found interesting or of importance. The photographs in his collection consist of black and white snapshots of the building of the Fort St. County Building and the changing river front, and color snapshots of buildings, streets, and people during the civil unrest in Detroit in 1967.
Dates: 1953 - 1967
- Detroit (Mich.)--Race relations 10
- Detroit (Mich.) 7
- Civil rights 5
- Detroit (Mich.) -- Politics and government 5
- African Americans 3
- Michigan -- Politics and government 3
- Police-community relations 3
- City planning 2
- Community education 2
- Detroit (Mich.) Fire Department 2
- Detroit (Mich.)--Riot, 1943 2
- Detroit -- Economic conditions 2
- Housing 2
- Oral histories 2
- Transcripts 2
- Urban renewal 2
- Buildings--Detroit (Mich.) 1
- Civil Service 1
- Detroit--social conditions 1
- Discrimination in employment 1
- Discrimination in housing 1
- Discrimination in medical care 1
- Education 1
- Jews. American 1
- Labor movement 1
- Labor unions 1
- Law -- Study and teaching 1
- Minorities 1
- Neighborhoods 1
- Newspapers 1
- Photographic prints 1
- Photographs 1
- Poverty 1
- Public health 1
- Race relations 1
- Redlining 1
- Segregation in education 1
- Snapshots 1
- Social history 1
- Sound recordings 1 ∧ view less
- Cavanagh, Jerome P. 4
- Focus: HOPE (Organization) 2
- Girardin, Ray 2
- Wayne State University 2
- Young, Coleman A. 2
- Carter, Jimmy, 1924- 1
- Cavanagh, Mark 1
- Cunningham, Bill 1
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
- Detroit (Mich.). Mayor's Interracial Committee 1
- Detroit (Mich.). Police Department 1
- Detroit. Commission on Community Relations 1
- Gilmore, Horace W., 1918-2010 1
- Hanna, William 1
- Hill, Charles A. 1
- Humphrey, Hubert H., 1911-1978 1
- Josaitis, Eleanor 1
- Kelman, Maurice 1
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 1
- LeFevre, William 1
- Merrill-Palmer Institute 1
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1
- Ravitz, Melvin 1
- Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970 1
- Schermer, George, 1919-1989 1 ∧ view less
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