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Singing Sands and A Dogman: 9 Legends You Should Know in Michigan

Legends—as they say—never die. In Michigan, these nine legends are no different.

An early photo of a completed home in the Ford-Inkster Project, late 1930s. Image courtesy of the collection of The Henry Ford.
The Preservation of 5 Historical Sites in Michigan Just Got An Assist with Grant Funding

An early photo of a completed home in the Ford-Inkster Project, late 1930s. Image courtesy of the collection of The Henry Ford

In this image from video, Tracee Ellis Ross, serving as moderator, speaks during the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)
‘Unbossed and Unbothered’: These Are the Black Women Who Paved the Way for Kamala Harris

The last time a Black woman’s name was nominated from a convention floor was 1972. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris hope to make it all the way to the White House.

The Detroit Free Press is hosting a short documentary that tells the story of unheralded Detroit civil rights hero Sarah Elizabeth Ray, who 75 years ago fought against Boblo segregation. The film, part of a larger, in-progress documentary called “Boblo Boats: A Tale of Two Sisters,” incorporates stop-motion animation sequences alongside insightful interview with historian Desiree Cooper. (Image via the Detroit Free Press)
Watch the Story of the Detroiter Who Fought Against Boblo Boat Segregation

Sarah Elizabeth Ray was the unsung Detroiter who fought for Black people to ride the Boblo Boats. The Freep is bringing her story to viewers living at a modern tipping point.

Photos: Rosa Parks sculpture at the National Civil Rights Museum (L), McGuire's book jacket
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Americans Want to Read About Civil Unrest More Than Ever. This Detroit Historian Has Just the Book.

Detroiter Danielle McGuire’s look at Black women’s contributions to America’s civil rights movement is so popular in 2020 that the New York Times is telling readers to check it out.

Protesters march during a rally in Detroit, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
‘We Are Done Dying’: Detroiters React to the Curfew Being Lifted

Detroit has a history of enacting curfews to curtail Black unrest in the city. Could things be different this time?

Artifacts rescued from the Doan History Center in Midland. (Photo via GoFundMe)
Why Midland’s History Won’t Be Lost To Floodwaters

Flooding in Mid-Michigan has left wreckage in its wake. The Historical Society of Michigan is ensuring that Midland’s history isn’t lost among it.