History

‘We are the centerpiece for freedom and resistance’

BY: - September 30, 2023

September represents International Underground Railroad Month and several Michigan-based institutions, organizations and individuals continue to share the story of abolitionists, slaves and others.   “The Underground Railroad was not a physical railroad. It was a network of people across racial identities who helped people fleeing enslavement,” the Michigan’s History Center writes on its website.  Canada, where […]

On this day in 1975: Nation’s first Black-owned TV station launches 

BY: - September 29, 2023

On Sept. 29, 1975, Detroit television station WGPR-TV 62 signed on air for the first time.  That came after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted in 1973 to grant a permit by African Americans to operate a television station in Detroit.  “There wouldn’t be any need for a station of this type if things […]

U.S. House passes Wounded Knee memorial bill

BY: - September 23, 2023

The U.S. House approved by voice vote Wednesday a bill that would help protect land at the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre in South Dakota, where an estimated 350 Lakota were killed by U.S. soldiers. The site is within the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River […]

Bernie Sanders condemns ‘corporate greed’ at UAW rally in Detroit 

BY: - September 16, 2023

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) railed against “corporate greed” and “record profits” secured by the Detroit Three during a spirited rally on Friday in the Motor City with striking United Auto Workers (UAW) members.   The rally featuring the two-time presidential candidate attracted hundreds of participants and was held at the Ford-UAW Joint Trust Center took […]

Civil rights leaders among those remembered during Black fraternity centennial 

BY: - September 15, 2023

The Detroit chapter of a leading Black fraternity on Saturday will host its centennial celebration, with two of its founding members boasting strong ties to the American civil rights movement. Omega Psi Phi fraternity’s Detroit alumni chapter, Nu Omega, was founded at a time when African Americans, largely from southern states, were moving to the […]

Lawmakers hear bills aimed at preserving Indigenous culture 

BY: - September 14, 2023

The idea that Indigenous students would be allowed to wear traditional attire to their graduations these days is an emotional image for Mary Lee, a survivor of an Indian boarding school.  Lee, having survived Holy Childhood school in Harbor Springs, one of the last Indian schools used to assimilate to white culture and prey upon […]

Pennsylvanian sworn in as the first woman to serve as U.S. Archivist

BY: - September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania native Colleen Shogan was sworn in as the 11th Archivist of the United States on Monday, marking the first time a woman has been appointed to oversee billions of the nation’s records and artifacts since the role was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to […]

Macomb County community honors former U.S. Rep. David Bonior 

BY: - September 10, 2023

Dozens of Macomb County residents and others assembled on Saturday to dedicate a bike path and a newly created sculpture after Democratic former U.S. Rep. David Bonior. A host of political leaders, including former Michigan Democratic Party chair Mark Brewer as well as former state House members Nick Ciaramitaro, Fred Miller, Paul Gieleghem, all Democrats, […]

Congress and nonprofit working to put women’s suffrage monument on National Mall

BY: - September 6, 2023

As Congress considers a bill to place a women’s suffrage monument on the National Mall, a nonprofit is working to raise the estimated $50 million needed to build it. The Women’s Suffrage National Monument Foundation, the nonprofit backing the effort, launched a donation campaign Tuesday in an effort to raise funds for a memorial honoring […]

Group calls for I-375 project to invest more in Black community than a walkable boulevard

BY: - September 6, 2023

Plans are underway to demolish Detroit’s I-375 freeway and replace it with an “urban boulevard” in an effort to reverse the destruction it brought to the historically Black neighborhoods Paradise Valley and Black Bottom. Social justice group Detroit Future City, however, is questioning whether simply replacing I-375 with a walkable boulevard is enough to restore […]

Thousands attend annual Detroit Labor Day rally, vow to fight for better wages, conditions 

BY: - September 5, 2023

During the first Detroit Labor Day rally since 2019, thousands of union members and their supporters vowed to continue to support American workers and their collective bargaining efforts.  National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler participated in the effort.  “We are all standing up because we have all sacrificed,” Shuler told the Advance moments before the start […]

On this day in 1840: Detroit Mayor and Michigan Gov. Hazen Pingree is born 

BY: - August 30, 2023

On Aug. 30, 1840, Hazen Pingree, the future Detroit mayor and Michigan governor, was born in Denmark, Maine.  The progressive Republican was first elected in Detroit in 1889. Later, he was elected governor in 1896 as the state continued its transition from the Civil War years to the industrial age.  As Detroit mayor, Pingree led […]