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Subject Focus: Black Revolutionaries

(27991) Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, Meetings, Wayne State, 1963

The Reuther Library celebrates African American History Month with a brief look at resources in our collections that deal with the topic of Black revolutionaries. We define Black revolutionaries as persons or groups whose goal was to create a positive change in the lives of African Americans through radical action. The means to this end varied from person to person, organization to organization - the action could be carried out with words or through armed conflict, the desired results could be equality for all or separation of races all together. The following resources chronicle the struggle for identity and equality and highlight the rich legacy of social and political activism and reform within the various revolutionary movements.  read more »

Meet Louis Jones, Reuther Library Field Archivist

(28587) Louis Jones

The Walter P. Reuther Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Louis Jones as the new Field Archivist.

Originally from New York City, Louis received a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College and a master’s degree in Afro-American studies from Cornell University. Never content to stop learning, he earned a Master of History from the University of Delaware, while at the same time pursuing studies in archival management. More recently, Louis received a doctorate in American history from Wayne State University where his dissertation concerned the development of public sector unionism in metropolitan Detroit in the immediate post-World War II era.  read more »

Photo Caption Contest: Romance Edition, February 8-15, 2012

It's time for another round of our photo caption contest! To enter the contest follow these simple steps:

1. Look at the photo.

2. Come up with a caption for it.

3. Post your caption and the URL for this blog post on our facebook page, either directly on our wall, or in the comments beneath the contest announcement, within one week.

We’ll pick the one we like best, and that person will get a free print of the image. After a week, we’ll reveal the true context of the photo. We hope you enjoy!  read more »

The Lawrence Textile Strike

(396) Lawrence Strike, Strikers, 1912

January 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of a watershed moment in American labor history: the Lawrence Textile Strike. Commonly referred to as the "Bread and Roses Strike," workers fought to not only earn enough to feed their families, but to also be afforded basic human dignity. For this reason, many consider the event’s significance as a social revolution to be equally as important as its impact on working conditions.  read more »

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