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May 14, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Community Room | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: none
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

What did the civil rights movement look like in Detroit? How did it influence future movements and politics? Who were the civil rights freedom fighters in Detroit, and how did they affect change?

To tell and preserve the stories of these civil rights pioneers, Junius Williams, founder of Rise Up North and civil rights activist, and Peter Blackmer, lead researcher for Rise Up North and a research fellow at Wayne State’s Detroit Equity Action Lab, are launching Rise Up Detroit. This online resource uses research and materials from Wayne State’s Reuther Library and other Detroit sources to tell stories of resistance through written, oral and visual materials from the civil rights and black power movements in Detroit.

The website will officially launch with a kickoff event at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Community Room of Wayne State University’s David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The program will begin with an introduction to the website followed by a panel discussion featuring local civil rights veterans and experts.

Interested in learning more about Rise Up Detroit? Visit the Wayne State Newsroom for more info on the project!

For more information about this event, please contact Jill Wurm at 3135774149 or