African Americans in Michigan: Patterns, Problems, Progress
Sunday, February 28, 2021 12:30 pm CST
Learn about the historical patterns of African American settlement and historical development in Michigan, including places of settlement and population growth, community development of
churches and organizations, community leaders and unique individuals. Understand the impact of slavery, racial discrimination in law and in practice, the origins of the Republican Party and the fight against slavery, educational opportunities and limitations, racial discrimination in housing and education, opportunities for political office, the civil rights movement, unionism and recent trends.
De Witt S. Dykes, Jr. is an associate professor in the History Department at Oakland University, specializing in African American History. He is a pioneer in his field and the author of 44 historical articles and nine book chapters. Professor Dykes is an organizational leader of African American History and Genealogical Societies. He has been the featured speaker at many genealogy seminars and has received numerous awards. He was a co-founder and served as the first President of the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society and the Michigan Black History Network.
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