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Black Women in the Workplace

In this video complied from dozens of interviews from the Living Oral History Project, Black women speak about their experiences working in Washtenaw County, including the various obstacles they had to face in hiring and on the job.

The Living Oral History Project is a partnership between the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library, providing a permanent home for 50+ interviews with Black community members collected over the past decade.  The collection continues to grow with interviews added each year.

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AACHM Oral History: Diana McKnight-Morton

Diana McKnight-MortonDiana McKnight-Morton was born in 1944 and grew up on West Kingsley Street in a racially mixed neighborhood. Her parents Robert and Adeline Thompson ran a successful carry-out restaurant, DeLong’s Bar-B-Q, on Detroit Street for 38 years. McKnight-Morton got her master’s in guidance and counseling from Eastern Michigan University and became a supervisor for Washtenaw County Employment and Training and Community Services. She has served as a member of the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees since 1994.

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January
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1997
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AACHM Oral History: Shirley Beckley

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Shirley Beckley was born on July 30, 1942. She was raised by her mother on Wall St. and attended Jones School, Mack School, and Bach Schools in Ann Arbor. Shirley started as a housing manager for the Ann Arbor Housing Commission, later becoming housing director in Lansing and Muskegon. She reminisces about working at Jacobson’s, dances at the Dunbar Center, businesses on Fourth Avenue and Ann Streets, and tense racial incidents in the schools. Shirley continues to be deeply involved in social justice issues at the local level.

Curtis and Diana McKnight Morton in front of DeLong's Bar-B-Q Pit, 314 Detroit St, July 2001 Photographer: Ben Wirtz

Curtis and Diana McKnight Morton in front of DeLong's Bar-B-Q Pit, 314 Detroit St, July 2001 image
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2001
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Ann Arbor News, July 24, 2001
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Curtis and Diana McKnight Morton are closing the doors to DeLong's Bar-B-Q Pit at 314 Detroit St.in Ann Arbor on Monday after 37 years in business.