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 News, October 16, 1965
Hi! Kelyn Hawkins, 3, got the thrill of a lifetime yesterday when he met astronaut James McDivitt who was in town for the University's Homecoming parade. A University ROTC student looks on as McDivitt signs his autograph for Kelyn, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Hawkins of 418 Detroit St. Kelyn met the astronaut in the Farmer's Market area, where the parade formed.