Juneteenth - A celebration of freedom since 1865

President Lincoln is popularly given credit for freeing the slaves in America with the Emancipation Proclamation. Though he personally did not support the use of slavery, his reasons for creating this proclamation were more political and military, than out of an advocacy for human and civil rights. His order, given as President and Commander in Chief of the military, did free people being held as slaves, but only in states that were in active rebellion against the Union. The Emancipation Proclamation gave military forces the authority and power to liberate slaves as they continued to gain ground in the South states.

But what does this have to do with Juneteenth? What is Juneteenth you might ask?  read more »

Our History at Wayne: LGBTQ Life at Wayne State University Panel Discussion - June 12th

(35943) Clipping from the Gay Liberator, 1970

7:00-8:30 p.m.
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
3rd floor Community Room
Since the 1969 Stonewall riots, June has included a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) culture, starting with the first Christopher Street Parade in 1970. Fifty years ago, there was virtually no public support for LGBTQ rights but now marriage equality is the law of the land. Between these two ends of the spectrum lies a rich history of fighting for equality in nearly every area of public life.  read more »

Brown Bag Series - "Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid City" June 6, 12-1pm

(11777) March for South African Freedom

Please join the Reuther Library for a brown-bag discussion with Jessica Levy of Johns Hopkins University, winner of a Sam Fishman Award, who will be discussing her project, "Black Power, Inc.: Global American Business and the Post-Apartheid City" from 12-1pm in the Reuther Library conference room.

This project attempts to explain the rise of black empowerment in the United States and southern Africa during the late twentieth-century. Black empowerment, defined as private and government programs promoting black entrepreneurship, vocational training, and other forms of black commercial activity, flourished in the late twentieth-century as a popular response to racial unrest in urban areas from North Philadelphia to Soweto.  read more »

Dr. Cornelius Golightly - philosopher and champion of education

(38426) Dr. Cornelius Golightly

The Reuther Library has several recognizable and notable members of the community within its stacks. One such figure, Dr. Cornelius Golightly, happens to be a well-known philosopher and trailblazing African American educator.  read more »

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