African American History

Willis Patterson
Willis Patterson

Willis Patterson and his talent were gifted to Ann Arbor 90 years ago.  It took a village to guide him through a twisting route before he found his voice, but find it, he did.  Join Deb Polich and David Fair to hear the inspiring story of Dr. Patterson’s work as a performer, advocate for young artists of color, teacher, publisher, and administrator on "creative:impact."


Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Geneology helps people learn more about their families and their heritage.  Yet, it can be more complicated for African American families, especially when America's history with slavery is factored in.  From there, the Washtenaw County African American Geneological Society was born.  The society's founders, Omer Jean Winborn and Cheryl Garnett, talk about this project with WEMU's Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Stephen Satterfield

June 19th is a special day in American history known as ‘Juneteenth.’

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry reports on one local observation featuring a special guest…


Baseball
Phil Dewey

This week, local and state arts leader Omari Rush and WEMU’s Lisa Barry talk with an Ann Arbor artist who uses a variety of mediums to create art of historic Negro League baseball players.  They also talk about several other visual art opportunities in our area.


#OTGYpsi: Special Day In Ypsilanti Honors Legacy Of Booker T. Washington

Apr 10, 2019
Patrick Campion / 89.1 WEMU

Booker T. Washington was an integral part of African-American history, especially in the realm of education.  Washington's work inspired local photographer Noah Rucker to create an holiday designed to spread education, business, and art in the black community, which he calls "BookDay."  Rucker talks all about the most recent BookDay with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Sarah Rigg in this week's "On the Ground-Ypsi."


Ypsilanti Historical Society.

Did you know that Ypsilanti’s New Jerusalem Baptist Church was originally built as a school for African-American students?  The First Ward School closed in 1919 after more than 50 years of operating in the era of “separate but equal.”  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan explores the history of the school, its connection to a landmark segregation case in Michigan, and where we stand on that issue 100 years later. 


Lisa Barry

This week, Art and Soul is about the vibrant visual arts scene in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Omari Rush, the Executive Director of CultureSource and Chairman of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, are joined by several guests focusing on the arts and local Black History Month celebrations.


EMU

The President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Eastern Michigan University has issued preliminary recommendations that aim to improve race relations on campus. 
 


Black Ypsi: Recorded and Remembered Project

The City of Ypsilanti, along with Eastern Michigan University, are working together to highlight African-American history in Ypsilanti.  A community conversation was held today at the Parkridge Community Center to discuss the project called "Black Ypsi: Recorded and Remembered." 

 

Ypsilanti District Library
Ypsilanti District Library / ypsilibrary.org

As students continue to protest at Eastern Michigan University, their movement could soon become a permanent part of our history.  The Ypsilanti District Library launched an African-American Oral History Archive last summer that has expanded since then.


Kinara
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

African-Americans around the country, including right here in Washtenaw County, started celebrating Kwanzaa today.  This special time has many traditions and can impact the Black Lives Matter movement.


Ronald Woods
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Experts in African-American history say the racist graffiti that was found at Eastern Michigan University early Tuesday morning is nothing new in the area.   


Laura Bien

The Ypsilanti District Library has launched a new African-American Oral History Archive.  The audio is being taken from old cassette tapes.
 


Linda Williams-Bowie

Earlier this month, we took a quick look into the Underground Railroad in our Southeast Michigan.  As part of Black History Month, we continue exploring stories that came out of that era in Washtenaw County.


Ypsilanti Community Schools

Three students from Ypsilanti New Tech High School have been chosen as winners in a writing contest that focused on African American History Month.

The contest sponsored by Kroger asked students in 4th through 12th grades to write about how they can make a difference in their communities, or how they were inspired by an African American.