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The African American History of Detroit


Thursday February 15, 2024: 6:30pm to 7:30pm  Add to Calendar /   Add to Google Calendar


Traverwood Branch: Program Room


Join us for a presentation by Professor Peter Boykin on the African American History of Detroit, beginning with illegal slavery in the city, as well as the city becoming a haven for the Underground Railroad. Other topics explored will be the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to Detroit, the election of Coleman Young as mayor, and the economic and political power of the African American population in the city during the latter half of the 20th century.

Professor Peter Boykin is a history instructor at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit. He is also a public speaker on numerous topics pertaining to African American History ranging from Reconstruction to the accomplishments of several family members, including his great-great-grandfather Johnson Chesnut Whittaker.