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AACHM Oral History: Walter Blackwell

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 3:33pm

Walter Blackwell was born in 1930 in Petersburg, Virginia. He shares memories of growing up there as well as in Mount Vernon, New York before serving in the army during the Korean War. He worked for 30 years at the Ann Arbor VA hospital, where he enjoyed helping fellow veterans. After experiencing discrimination in housing and employment, Mr. Blackwell fought for civil rights in Ann Arbor as a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and mentored black children in his neighborhood.

Ann Arbor Police Officer William Marz & Patrolman Harold Olson Practice A Defensive Pass in Judo, March 1947

Ann Arbor Police Officer William Marz & Patrolman Harold Olson Practice A Defensive Pass in Judo, March 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, March 15, 1947
Caption
LAW OFFICERS PRACTICE 'JUDO': Representatives of local police and sheriff's agencies practice an ancient art given a new and practical twist by FBI officials who are conducting a school for Ann Arbor's law enforcement officers. At the top, a defensive pass in "Judo," a bone-cracking combination of traditional Oriental and modern wrestling and fighting holds, is demonstrated by Warrant Officer William Marz and Patrolman Harold Olson, of the Ann Arbor police department. In the lower picture Police Sgt. Joseph Huizenga (left) disarms a pistol-packing "attacker" - Deputy Vincent Fox, chief of the Washtenaw sheriff's identification bureau.

Hong-Jun Guan Demonstrates Martial Arts At Greenhills School, January 22, 1985

Hong-Jun Guan Demonstrates Martial Arts At Greenhills School, January 22, 1985 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 22, 1985
Caption
Martial Arts Demonstration - Hong-Jun Guan, 33, a native of Peking and now a resident of Ann Arbor, visited Greenhills School Tuesday to demonstrate the martial arts to students. A performer with the Beijing Opera for 15 years, Hong-Jun Guan specialized in the martial arts, an integral part of Chinese opera. He attended the Beijing Performing Arts School from the ages of 10 to 18. Married to Michele Ehlers, he is now teaching martial arts and studying English here. In the photos above he applies the traditional facial makeup required for his role and demonstrates classic martial arts poses.

Hong-Jun Guan Demonstrates Martial Arts At Greenhills School, January 22, 1985

Hong-Jun Guan Demonstrates Martial Arts At Greenhills School, January 22, 1985 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 22, 1985
Caption
Martial Arts Demonstration - Hong-Jun Guan, 33, a native of Peking and now a resident of Ann Arbor, visited Greenhills School Tuesday to demonstrate the martial arts to students. A performer with the Beijing Opera for 15 years, Hong-Jun Guan specialized in the martial arts, an integral part of Chinese opera. He attended the Beijing Performing Arts School from the ages of 10 to 18. Married to Michele Ehlers, he is now teaching martial arts and studying English here. In the photos above he applies the traditional facial makeup required for his role and demonstrates classic martial arts poses.

Hong-Jun Guan Applies Makeup For Greenhills School Demonstration, January 22, 1985

Hong-Jun Guan Applies Makeup For Greenhills School Demonstration, January 22, 1985 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 22, 1985
Caption
Martial Arts Demonstration - Hong-Jun Guan, 33, a native of Peking and now a resident of Ann Arbor, visited Greenhills School Tuesday to demonstrate the martial arts to students. A performer with the Beijing Opera for 15 years, Hong-Jun Guan specialized in the martial arts, an integral part of Chinese opera. He attended the Beijing Performing Arts School from the ages of 10 to 18. Married to Michele Ehlers, he is now teaching martial arts and studying English here. In the photos above he applies the traditional facial makeup required for his role and demonstrates classic martial arts poses.

Hong-Jun Guan Applies Makeup For Greenhills School Demonstration, January 22, 1985

Hong-Jun Guan Applies Makeup For Greenhills School Demonstration, January 22, 1985 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 22, 1985
Caption
Martial Arts Demonstration - Hong-Jun Guan, 33, a native of Peking and now a resident of Ann Arbor, visited Greenhills School Tuesday to demonstrate the martial arts to students. A performer with the Beijing Opera for 15 years, Hong-Jun Guan specialized in the martial arts, an integral part of Chinese opera. He attended the Beijing Performing Arts School from the ages of 10 to 18. Married to Michele Ehlers, he is now teaching martial arts and studying English here. In the photos above he applies the traditional facial makeup required for his role and demonstrates classic martial arts poses.

Hong-Jun Guan Applies Makeup For Greenhills School Demonstration, January 22, 1985

Hong-Jun Guan Applies Makeup For Greenhills School Demonstration, January 22, 1985 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, January 22, 1985
Caption
Martial Arts Demonstration - Hong-Jun Guan, 33, a native of Peking and now a resident of Ann Arbor, visited Greenhills School Tuesday to demonstrate the martial arts to students. A performer with the Beijing Opera for 15 years, Hong-Jun Guan specialized in the martial arts, an integral part of Chinese opera. He attended the Beijing Performing Arts School from the ages of 10 to 18. Married to Michele Ehlers, he is now teaching martial arts and studying English here. In the photos above he applies the traditional facial makeup required for his role and demonstrates classic martial arts poses.