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U-M And Northwestern Football Honor Their First Black Letterman With New Rivalry Trophy

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In the late 19th Century, George Jewett came to the University of Michigan to play football.  He would later continues his playing career at Northwestern University.  It wasn't long before he cemented his place in academic and athletic history, and now, there will be a new trophy named in his honor.  David Fair speaks to Jewett's great-grandson, WEMU jazz host Michael Jewett, about the personal and historical significance of this announcement.

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"Celebrating George Jewett: A look at the achievements of Michigan’s first African American football letterman."

U-M Press Release: "Michigan and Northwestern Establish George Jewett Trophy"

Northwestern Press Release: "Northwestern, Michigan Establish George Jewett Trophy"

 
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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu

Michael Jewett is the long-time host of 89.1 Jazz every weekday afternoon. Besides his on-air work; Michael is WEMU’s Operations Manager. Mr. Jewett started working for WEMU in 1983. He’s been on the air longer than any other current WEMU music host.
Contact David: dfair@emich.edu
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