civil rights

Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 4: “A striking ambiguity”

by Brian Matzke July 21, 2017

“A striking ambiguity”: Race, labor, and radical politics before and after the riot Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW New Edition August Meier and Elliott Rudwick Foreword by Joe W. Trotter Right in Michigan’s Grassroots From the KKK to the Michigan Militia JoEllen McNergney Vinyard Secret Witness The Untold Story of the 1967 Bombing in Marshall, Michigan Blaine L. Pardoe Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties Notes on the Civil Rights Movement, Neoliberalism, and Politics Clarence Lang 1967 was not the first time Detroit experienced a large scale riot. The summer of 1943 saw a riot […]

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Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 2: “Be calm and as quiet as possible”

by Brian Matzke July 12, 2017

“Be calm and as quiet as possible”: Rebellion on the television Grand River and Joy Susan Messer TV Land–Detroit Gordon Castelnero The Detroit Tigers Reader Tom Stanton, Editor Violence in the Model City Sidney Fine Susan Messer’s novel Grand River and Joy begins on Halloween 1966. Harry Levine arrives at his wholesale shoe warehouse in downtown Detroit to find an ethnic slur soaped on his window. Searching the basement for supplies to clean the window, he discovers a makeshift living room with a stash of marijuana and black power literature, left there by Alvin, the teenaged tenant who lives in the apartment […]

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Black History Month Sale: 30% off select books!

by Kathryn Beaton February 8, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting books in our “African-American and African Studies” category. Whether you’re interested in civil rights, slam poetry, policy issues, music, or how these intersect with a variety of other topics, you can find it all here. Use the code UMBHM17 for 30% off any of our 140 AAAS books. This offer is good on hardcovers, paperbacks, and ebooks, and can be used as many times as you want, until March 1st, 2017.   Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties: Notes on the Civil Rights Movement, Neoliberalism, and Politics Clarence Lang The 1960s, including […]

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The Press in Art: Kerry James Marshall’s “SOB, SOB” in NYT Style Magazine

by Lauren Stachew November 4, 2016

The most recent issue of the New York Times Style Magazine received a lot of attention for featuring a series of striking black and white portraits taken by photographer Collier Schorr of First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by four thank-you notes written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, activist Gloria Steinem, editor Jon Meacham, and actress Rashida Jones. However, at the Press, there was another reason entirely for us to be excited about this particular issue. A spotlight article on Chicago-based painter, Kerry James Marshall, famous for his large paintings depicting African American figures, life, and culture, featured several full-color images […]

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Remembering Tom Hayden

by Jenny Geyer October 26, 2016

Stephanie Steinberg, author of In the Name of Editorial Freedom: 125 Years at the Michigan Daily, wrote the following piece as a tribute to her work with Tom Hayden while writing her book.   Many will remember Tom Hayden as a 1960s radical activist, California state legislator or that guy who was once married to actress Jane Fonda. I’ll always remember Tom as a fellow Michigan Daily editor-in-chief, and someone who cared as much about the University of Michigan’s student-run newspaper as me. After his passing Sunday night, newspapers across the country highlighted Tom’s significance in history. The New York Times said […]

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