Detroit’s Black History
To mark Black History Month, The Michigan Citizen reached into its photo archives to repost a variety of events that tell some of Detroit’s recent history. We encourage readers who can add to the narrative of any of the photos to please do so by submitting comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Columnist Susan Watson hits the picket lines with members of the Newspaper Guild and thousands of supporters as union workers fought the union-busting, downsizing moves of the Detroit Newspaper Agency. The DNA grew out of the joint operating agreement signed by the city’s two daily papers in 1987.
Kwame Kenyatta (left), newly elected Board of Education member, takes the oath of office from Chokwe Lumumba during installation ceremonies at the Museum of African American History. Kenyatta was the first known pan-Africanist to be elected to a major urban post. Kenyatta was first elected in 1994. (Wanda F. Roquemore photo)
Khary Turner, chair of the Detroit NAACP Young Adult Committee (seated), welcomes community members to the Juneteenth celebration held June 19, 1996, at the Detroit Branch. In conjunction with the celebration, the Detroit branch NAACP and the Detroit Democratic Club launched a nonpartisan “Get Out the Vote” campaign and called for a national day of freedom on the first Tuesday in November, election day. From left to right: Councilwoman Brenda Scott, Mildred Stalling and Paul Taylor, director Inner City Sub Center. (Wanda Roquemore photo)
Former Council President Erma Henderson welcomed Minister Louis Farrakhan to Detroit for a major speech he delivered at Cobo Hall stressing the importance of the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.”
In 1997, Dick Gregory visited the Shrine of the Black Madonna Book Store to sign a copy of his book, “Nigger,” for Sekai Kwame and Stacia Kwame. (Amina Tabia photo)