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.