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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Ann Arbor to speak at U-M just once, on November 5, 1962. 


Brian Williams from the Bentley Historical Library sheds light on the leader’s legendary visit. Read more...


The History of the Ann Arbor Foundry

By Grace Shackman

Who'd have guessed that Ann Arbor's distinctive manhole covers were made by a black Canadian orphan and a Russian Jewish Revolutionary? Click here to read the article.

Elsie Roxborough

She was the first African-American to live in the dormitories of the University of Michigan in 1934. Future playwright Arthur Miller, who worked alongside her at The Michigan Daily, called her "a beauty, the most striking girl in Ann Arbor. She was said to be romantically linked to Joe Louis and to Langston Hughes. At some point she began to pass as white. Read more about her life in The "Passing" of Elsie Roxborough by Kathleen Hauke.


From an Underground Railroad contributor to Ann Arbor's first black firefighter, here's a list of historic African American figures from Washtenaw County, ranging from the early 1800s to the late-1900s and today. (By Kullen Logsdon, MLIVE, 2018)

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