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Winter 2020: Detroit 2020 - People, Power, & Politics

NOTICE: Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the remainder of the Detroiters Speak series has been cancelled. This includes sessions on March 19th, 26th and April 2nd and 9th. While we regret having to cancel these important discussions, we look forward to continuing Detroiters Speak in the future. In the meantime, we believe the most important thing all of us can be doing right now is focusing on how best to build relationships and community while exercising great caution and "social distancing." This may seem like a paradox, but we believe that the more we can approach this moment with creativity and generosity of spirit, the better all of us will be moving forward.

If you missed one of the 4 sessions of this series, you can always watch the previous sessions on this page, or even watch videos from previous semesters of Detroiters Speak using the navigation on the left-hand side of the page.

Previous description of series:

Join us this campaign season for the Winter 2020 edition of our community classroom, Detroiters Speak. The series will explore historical and current intersections in Detroit across electoral politics, governance, and movement-building. Questions to explore, include: What is "democracy"? How do we understand and build community power? Do we trust our government? How should we analyze and hold accountable our governmental institutions? What roles can electoral politics play in struggles for civil and human rights? And much, much more.

As always, everyone is welcome, a light dinner is provided, and we look forward to your contributions to our growing, intergenerational learning community.

Brought to you for the fifth consecutive year by the U-M Semester in Detroit Program, the WSU Department of African American Studies, the Cass Corridor Commons, and the Detroit Equity Action Lab (an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School).

We are also proud to partner with the General Baker Institute and the Detroit People's Platform this year. 

For questions, please contact Craig Regester at 313-505-5185 or regester@umich.edu.

February 6: Welcome & Series Introduction

Speakers: 

Christy Bieber, Aadizookaan, Co-Director

Sharon George, Indigenous Justice Program, Manager

Baba Darryl Jordan, EMEAC/Cass Corridor Commons, Co-Director

Carolyn Baker, General Baker Institute

Linda Campbell, Detroit People's Platform

February 13: Detroit Civics in Action

Speakers:

Kim Hunter, Engage Michigan, Social Media Manager

Tonya Phillips, Sugar Law Center

Shadora Ford, Community Liaison, Detroit Mayor's Office

Facilitator: Peter Hammer, Detroit Equity Action Lab

February 20: Radical Politics in the Postwar Era (at the General Baker Institute)

Speakers:

Angela Dillard, UM Professor of Political Science

Steve Babson, WSU Labor Historian

Facilitator: Peter Blackmer, Detroit Equity Action Lab

Additional Resources:

Angela D. Dillard, Faith in the City: Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit (2007)

Steve Babson, Working Detroit: The Making of a Union Town (1986) 

Mindy Thompson, "The National Negro Labor Council: A History" (1978)

Albert Parker, “Negroes in the Post-War World” (1944) 

Interview with Dave Moore (1990)