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The Birth, Life, and Legacy of the Johnson-Forest Tendency in the Nettie Kravitz Papers

(UP002885_031) Portrait, Nettie Kravitz, undated

The Nettie Kravitz Papers join several others at the Reuther Library documenting the activities of the Johnson-Forest Tendency and its members. Before Kravitz was a professor of Women’s Studies and Literature at Oakland Community College, she was a member of the Johnson-Forest Tendency and later iterations. The socialist subgroup was led by CLR James and Raya Dunayevskaya, taking its name from their respective pseudonyms, JR Johnson and Freddie Forest. The Nettie Kravitz Papers are among the most extensive records of  read more »

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2022 Sam Fishman Award

The Walter P. Reuther Library is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Sam Fishman Award.

These annual grants provide up to $1,000 to support travel to the Reuther Library to access archival records related to the American labor movement.  read more »

Education NOW: The role of New Detroit Inc. and public engagement in reshaping Detroit's public schools

New Detroit Newsletter Masthead, 1970

How might the relationship and flow of information between parents and the Detroit Board of Education affect the quality and locality of a child’s education? How were the parents of children involved in the inter-district busing debate of the early 1970s informed on the judicial and legal changes factoring into their children’s education?  read more »

Local Chapters Unite: The UAW and its Divided Opinion on Bussing in Pontiac Schools

(2819) Demonstrations, Segregation, Busing, Pontiac, Michigan, 1971

Why was the United Auto Workers union involved in the highly controversial legal issue of racially-integrating busing policies in the Pontiac school district? From an outsider’s perspective, there is no clear link. The issue of forced busing has nothing to do with a worker’s union. However, it is important to remember that these workers went home to their families each night.  read more »

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