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Photo Caption Contest: November 16-23, 2011

Welcome to a new feature on the Reuther Library Blog: a photo caption contest. It’s easy to play. Here’s how:
1. Look at the photo below.
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 »

Employee Spotlight: Alberta Asmar

The staff of the Reuther Library would like to honor and extend grateful appreciation to an outstanding Wayne State University (WSU) employee, Ms. Alberta Asmar, who has retired after 46 years of dedicated service to various Departments and Colleges within WSU.

Alberta started her career at WSU on November 8, 1965 as an Office Clerk I in the Audio Visual Department Utilization Center. In 1978 she transferred to the Weekend College to work with Assistant Dean Carlton Maley in the Criminal Justice Building on the North Campus.  read more »

The Civil Unrest of 1967

(318) Riots, Rebellions, 12th Street, 1967

Despite a century of progressive innovation in Detroit, it is a sad reality that the events of July 23-27, 1967 are among the city’s defining moments. The five-day period of civil unrest and extreme chaos caused physical damage to the city and emotional trauma to its people. Decades later, the aftereffects of the damage and trauma linger on.

The violence was not totally unexpected. Rumors of an uprising had been swirling throughout the city for the better part of the summer. Radicalism was on the rise, and talk of self-determination and separatism  read more »

Detroit's Walk to Freedom

This Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we recall Detroit's Walk to Freedom, described by Dr. King as “one of the most wonderful things that has happened in America." Dr. King led the march and shed light on the status of African Americans in northern industrial cities. Organized by the Detroit Council on Human Rights (DCHR), the Walk to Freedom was the largest civil rights demonstration in the nation’s history. Its purpose was to speak out against segregation and the brutality that met civil rights activists in the South while at the same time addressing concerns of African Americans in the urban North: inequality in hiring practices, wages, education, and housing. The date of the march, June 23, 1963, was chosen to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1943 Detroit Riots in which 34 people, the majority of them African American, were killed.  read more »

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