Detroit '67: The View from Ann Arbor

60's photo of protesters holding signs

Event Information

Date & Time
September 28, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
Location Information
Event Type
Panel Discussion

A complement to the Reverberations of Rebellion exhibit on display in the Hatcher North lobby, this event brings together veterans of the '60s era of civil rights activism in Ann Arbor to reflect on that period's struggle for racial justice, the relationship between Ann Arbor and Detroit, and what it might mean for us today.

In the 1960s as today, Detroit and Ann Arbor were very different cities. Yet they were alike in two respects: both were profoundly segregated by race, and both were centers of activism to dismantle racism and inequality. Despite Ann Arbor's distance from Detroit, the 1967 Detroit rebellion resonated here as well.

The discussion will be moderated by Matt Lassiter, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, and feature the following panelists:

  • Shirley Beckley, Ann Arbor native and Ann Arbor Human Relations Commission staff member, 1967-8
  • Trey Greene, U-M '71; negotiator in '68 black student sit-in and son of Walter Greene, deputy director, Michigan Civil Rights Commission
  • Anna Holden, U-M Institute for Social Research 1960-63; former secretary, Ann Arbor Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
  • Alma Wheeler Smith, U-M '63; former state representative and daughter of Albert Wheeler, first African American mayor of Ann Arbor and first tenured black U-M professor

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Additional Infomation

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