Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes: An Oral History of Detroit's by Elaine Latzman Moon

By Elaine Latzman Moon

More than 100 people who lived in Detroit at your time throughout the interval from 1918 to 1967 percentage tales approximately daily life-families and neighborhoods, neighborhood and non secular lifestyles, institution and paintings. in addition they describe amazing events-the nice migration from the South, the melancholy, global battle II, the 1943 race insurrection, the civil rights flow, the civil disturbance of 1967, and the Vietnam conflict. Their anecdotal tales and recollections supply necessary information regarding the associations, life, relationships, and politics that represent the black event in Detroit.

via that includes the histories of blacks residing in Detroit in the course of the first six a long time of the century, this certain oral heritage contributes immeasurably to our figuring out of the improvement of the city.

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We were careful not to disturb anything. At that time there were areas where there were no graves. It was just big trees, and it was cool and peaceful. BIOGRAPHY Rosa Lee Kirkman Wheeler was born on October 17, 1916, in Detroit. Ms. Wheeler has been active in the community since she was a teenager. She has worked as a laboratory technician, seamstress, school librarian, and clerk at Catholic Social Services. Organizations in which she has participated as a volunteer include the Detroit Urban League, NAACP, Lucy Thurman YWCA, Brewster Center, Midwest Aquatic Club, Draft Board and Ration Board during World War II, Focus Hope, 25th Street Block Club, Core City Neighborhood, and Girl Scouts.

They were a dancing team, and they would come here from Spanish Harlem. At that time they were dressed in the latest jitterbug, you know, the "Big Apple," gangster-type hats and the pocket chains hanging down to their knees; and they had brought this substance into Paradise Valley. Well, the kids in Paradise Valley always drank whiskey, beer, wine, and smoked reefer; but they didn't know anything about heroin. And this was in the 1940s. But when I came back to Detroit from Chicago, it was 1961, and it had taken its toll.

One of the absolutely great untold stories in this country is the greatest migration of people that's ever happened anywhere. It gained momentum in the '50s, particularly right after the war. And it brought millions of blacks from the South. They were fleeing since the intensity of attacks in the South was increasing. Take a city like Detroit where the population ratio was maybe fifteen to twenty percent black, but a black community that had roots. In the next two decades large numbers of blacks came into a community which was not prepared to absorb this huge inflow.

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