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 »

In Memoriam: Adam Shakoor (1947-2022)

Joins 36th District Bench

The Reuther Library is sorry to report the passing of Adam Shakoor, a former Chief Judge to the 36th District Court who had also served Detroit’s Deputy Mayor under the Coleman Young. He was in private practice as a lawyer during other parts of his professional life. He was 74 when he passed on March 20.

For those interested in studying Shakoor’s life and work in public service, the Reuther Library maintains his papers, which cover the period 1981-1993.  read more »

Gonzalez Award Now Available

Maria Gonzalez

A scholarship fund named for late colleague, Dr. María Gonzalez has been set up for students working with underrepresented collections at the Reuther Library. María inspired faculty, alumni and students alike, teaching in the classroom and working in the community, at organizations like Detroit’s co-working and business incubator, the Green Garage.  read more »

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