Let’s Talk! African American History in Detroit
This event, featuring speaker Baba Jamon Jordan, will discuss Black history in Detroit. In the early 20th century, millions of African Americans escaped the harsh realities of the south. They relocated to cities like Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit. Although Black people sought refuge in northern cities, they were often still met with racism, this time systemic.
Baba Jamon Jordan is an educator, writer and historian. He has been a teacher of African & African American history for 20 years and a researcher of Black history for decades. Jordan saw the need for people to have a personal experience with the history of African Americans and Black people throughout the Diaspora, especially true in Detroit. This city, which is about 85% African American, has a rich history - from enslaved Africans and Indigenous People, to being a major station on the Underground Railroad which Black people used to escape enslavement, to a Black economic and residential center known as Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, to numerous events, leaders and figures in history.
This event is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.