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Stories of Social Justice and Injustice
The Henry Ford commits to solidarity with communities that experience marginalization or other social injustice by using our collections — the artifacts and stories of American innovation, ingenuity, resourcefulness, entrepreneurship, perseverance and social transformation — to amplify those stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.