Stories of Social Justice and Injustice

African American workers at Ford Motor Company

African American Workers at Ford Motor Company

African Americans seeking a better life in Detroit found jobs at Ford Motor Company, but often in dirty and dangerous roles.
Art from Everyday Life

Art from Everyday Life

Susana Allen Hunter's creativity in quilting was fueled by the practical concerns of her life in the Jim Crow South in one of the poorest counties in the United States.
Melvin Parson: Market Gardener & Social Entrepreneur

Melvin Parson: Market Gardener & Social Entrepreneur

One of the reasons Melvin Parson founded his growers’ association was to get "a seat at the table," as people of color were not represented among the farmers he met.
Teaching Black: An Educator’s Library from the Black Power Era

Teaching Black: An Educator’s Library from the Black Power Era

In the late 1960s, some African Americans began to channel frustration and anger at lack of progress in civil rights and equality into the multi-faceted idea of “Black Power”—including the reshaping of African American education.
Green Book - Segregated Travel & the Uncommon Courage of Rosa Parks

Segregated Travel & the Uncommon Courage of Rosa Parks

African Americans had long faced humiliation, segregation, and physical danger in their travels before Rosa Parks challenged Jim Crow laws on a Montgomery city bus.
What If an Artist Becomes a Scientist?

What If an Artist Becomes a Scientist?

George Washington Carver’s artistic talents helped him promote his scientific discoveries toward the goal of improving the standard of living of African American farm families.
A Piano with a Past

A Piano with a Past

Paradise Valley was a commercial center for African American Detroiters by day and a nightlife destination for both African Americans and whites at night, but was ultimately destroyed by urban renewal.
U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War

U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War

More than 180,000 African American men served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, risking their lives to secure freedom for all African Americans.
Looking Back to Move Forward

Looking Back to Move Forward

After racially charged civil unrest in Detroit in 1967, Detroit Edison documented its work to assess damage and restore power, but the photos also captured a city in the immediate aftermath of chaos.
Kimberly Bryant Talks Diversity & Inclusion in STEM Fields

Kimberly Bryant Talks Diversity & Inclusion in STEM Fields

Kimberly Bryant was inspired to found Black Girls Code through the “wake-up call” of lack of diversity in her daughter’s technology classrooms.
George Washington Presidential Inauguration Button

Political Jewelry: Beyond the Campaign Button

Political jewelry goes beyond ordinary campaign buttons to express a fashion sensibility and make a statement.
Second Continental Congress Voting Independence

Voting in America

From the founding of the nation, there has never been a common American voting experience. Methods vary across states, counties, and municipalities, reflecting differing and ever-evolving ideas about how to vote -- and who should participate.
Pennant, "Votes for Women," circa 1915 

Women's Suffrage: Highlights from the Collections of The Henry Ford

American women gained the right to vote after a long, hard struggle. A concerted effort to secure voting rights for women began in the mid-1800s and continued until the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920--and even then, some women had to fight on.
1939 Douglas DC-3 Airplane 

Social Transformation

Social transformation involves a shift in the collective consciousness of a society. It occurs when people create change through new patterns of behavior or social action.
OUT!: LGBTQ+ Visibility and Identity Exhibit 

OUT!: LGBTQ+ Visibility and Identity

The stories and lives represented in this exhibit just barely scratch the surface of what it means to be LGBTQ+ in the United States.
Declaration Committee 

The Deleted Slavery Passage from the Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson, a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress (and eventually a U.S. president), had been charged with composing the draft of this document.
Quiet & Loud Protest Exhibit 

Quiet & Loud Protest

Throughout history, people have found different ways to advocate for change, whether marching in the streets or finding quieter ways to be an ally. Both are valuable in drawing attention to injustices. 
A View of Part of the Town of Boston in New-England and British Ships of War Landing Their Troops! 

Crispus Attucks and Evolving Perceptions of the Boston Massacre

The event, which soon became known as the Bloody Massacre, or—over time—the Boston Massacre, incensed Bostonians to such an extent that it came to be considered a defining moment in the lead-up to the American Revolution.
Portrait of Douglass 

The Incredible Life of Frederick Douglass

The story of Frederick Douglass’s life is, at turns, tragic and awe-inspiring. He is a testament to the strength and ingenuity of the human spirit.
Grand Jurors Told to Probe Legality of Bus Boycott

The Montgomery Bus Boycott in the News

By 1955, Black activists and community leaders in Montgomery, Alabama, were exploring the idea of a city-wide bus boycott—an organized refusal to ride the buses after decades of humiliating incidents and indignities that the Black community suffered. 
Nude is Not a Color quilt, made by Hillary Goodwin 

A Quilt with a Cause

This striking quilt, Nude is Not a Color, was created in 2017 by a worldwide community of women who gathered virtually to take a stand against racial bias. 
1910 Button, Vote for Women

Women’s Suffrage Started with Women’s Rights

What is lesser known is that the early women’s suffrage movement began within the context of the broader struggle for women’s rights and it involved many more people—men as well as women, Black as well as white.