Ypsilanti District Library - Whittaker

Location

5577 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti
,
MI
48197
,
US

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Past Events

Thursday
Oct
13
2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm
6:30-8:30pm
Since the 1960s, students and faculty have worked to combat institutional racism in university curriculum. Dr. Melvin Peters discusses how EMU created its first African American Studies curriculum, which eventually became a department, and the work that remains. https://www.facebook.com/events/770905923011931/
Friday
Nov
20
2015
Friday, November 20, 2015 from 6-9pm
6-9pm
Southeast Michigan was the site of significant battles against racism and segregation during World War II. A decade before the Montgomery Bus Boycott captured the nation's attention, activists were fighting a sometimes bloody, struggle to open area war industries and housing to African-Americans. The plant at Willow Run, which refused to hire blacks, and the housing at Willow Lodge, built explicitly for whites, would become the local battleground. Some of the leaders of that struggle, like first Ypsilanti black mayor John Burton, would go on to become leaders of their community and the city as a whole. More than any other period, World War II and the fight for jobs and housing, has shaped the political and racial landscape of Ypsilanti. Local historian Matt Siegfried will present on this important, and too often overlooked, period in Ypsilanti's past. Light refreshments provided. http://www.facebook.com/events/490226211158526/
Thursday
Apr
9
2015
Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 6:30-9:30pm
6:30-9:30pm
Nearly seventy Ypsilanti African-American men served in the Civil War, including a dozen who never returned. Whether with Michigan’s 102nd United States Colored Troops or the “Glory” regiments of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantries, Ypsilanti men were stationed on the Sea Islands off the coast South Carolina, home to thousands newly emancipated from bondage. There they were at some of the War’s most iconic moments like assault on Fort Wagner, the liberation of Charleston and Sherman’s March to the Sea. To commemorate the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the defeat of the Confederacy, April 9, 1865, join local historian Matt Siegfried for a presentation as we follow their journey day by day through the War. We will learn the stories of the Ypsilanti men who volunteered, their life in camp, the battles they participated in, the plantations they helped to liberate and their lives after the war. http://www.facebook.com/events/778954618853536/
Monday
Jan
19
2015
Monday, January 19, 2015 from 2-5pm
2-5pm
A panel discussion of veteran freedom fighters and current civil rights activist will share their personal experiences of the Civil Rights movement, moderated by Matt Siegfried. These veterans of hope will then work with youth on a collaborative project, facilitated by youth advocate, Akili Jackson, illustrating the inherent power of nonviolent protest to fight injustice, both past and present. “Martin’s Big Words” and a craft for younger children will be available in the youth department. Light refreshments will be provided. http://www.facebook.com/events/586721671462052/
Saturday
May
3
2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 3:45-6:45pm
3:45-6:45pm
An Historic African-American Neighborhood In the decades between the Civil War and before WWI, a tightly-knit African-American neighborhood formed in Ypsilanti, centered along South Adams Street. Matt Siegfried, creator of the http://southadamstreet1900.wordpress.com/, has gathered a wealth of information together about the residents of this historic neighborhood. Meet in the Library Park Plaza at 3:45 to start the walking tour. Free-Sponsored by the Ypsilanti District Library https://www.ypsilibrary.org/content/tour-south-adams-street http://www.facebook.com/events/1435752150000040/