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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Sunday, January 06, 2008 - 10:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll /article?AID=/20080106/CFP08/8 01060511/-1/print
Anyone going to this?
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D_mcc
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Posted on Sunday, January 06, 2008 - 11:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Looks like a great series of speakers for an already fine institution
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Bvos
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 10:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sugrue will also be at the Wayne Law School on Thursday afternoon/evening:

http://www.law.wayne.edu/news/ news/120607_1.html
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 11:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the word Bvos.
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65memories
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Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks to both of you...hope to see you at one of these...Urbanoutdoors, please drop me an email at gmtorg@yahoo.com
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Urbanoutdoors
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Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 2:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

bump.... 4 pm today if anyone is interested
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Kathleen
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Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 11:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here's the Freep coverage for yesterday's talk by Segrue:

New book tackles race in the North: Detroit native 'blows up many stereotypes and misconceptions' on city's past

"He's not quite a household name, but Sugrue has developed a cult following in metro Detroit and across the United States after the 1996 publication of his award-winning book, "The Origins of the Urban Crisis," which redefined the story of economic decline in Detroit and other industrial cities since World War II.

A native Detroiter who teaches American history at the University of Pennsylvania, Sugrue drew a crowd Thursday at the Wayne State University Law School when he spoke about his new book, "Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Racial Equality in the North."

The book, scheduled to be published in the fall, deals with the fight for civil rights in Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and smaller cities that were far from the highly publicized battlefront in the South and largely have been ignored.

One of Sugrue's main points: While the civil rights movement destroyed the most egregious aspects of Jim Crow in the South, the struggle is far from over in the North.

"After a long battle for racial equality in the United States," he said, "after a long civil rights revolution, it is in the North, not the South, where patterns of racial segregation have remained most resilient."

Noting that the United States' most segregated metropolitan areas -- such as southeast Michigan -- and states with the most segregated school systems -- like Michigan -- are in the North, Sugrue asked: "Why is it the North remains segregated to an extent that would have pleased all but the most intransigent architects of the system of Jim Crow" in the South?

Civil rights victories in the South often are seized upon by white people to validate what Sugrue called their rhetoric of color-blindness -- "I'm not a racist" -- and to excuse their involvement in institutions that perpetuate racial segregation.

As recently as the late 1950s, Sugrue said, black people were not welcome in a number of Detroit restaurants and hotels. Boblo, the Detroit River amusement park white people remember fondly, restricted access by black people for years.

The great majority of white people in the 20th Century failed to see racial inequality as a problem, and only a tiny minority of whites actively supported the black freedom fight in places like Detroit. The ones who did, Sugrue said, mostly were religious or political radicals.

"It was a black fight," Sugrue said.

He said his book will tell the stories of black activists in Detroit and other cities as the fight moved back and forth over the years between integration, black separatism, nonviolence and self-defense.

Whatever worked to change the status quo, Sugrue said, was the goal. To secure, for example, a quality education for children, whether by gaining entry to white schools or by forming Afrocentric academies. ..."

Full article at
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20080111/COL 27/801110349/1001/NEWS
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Jjaba
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Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 12:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sugure is wrong if he thinks this was a Black movement. Detroit CORE , for example, was an integrationist movement, nicely balanced with a rainbow of members. jjaba and others were Jewish for example. We met at 12th and Clairmont in our own storefront. Even that neighborhood had white people living there at the time.

Black power movement came way after the 1960s push for all those civil rights laws which provided equality in employment, public accomodations, housing, education etc.

jjaba, Detroit CORE in the 1960s. Read the DETROIT CORE thread for some of the details.

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