February 24, 2019
Jim Crow Detroit
Segregation, sharecropping, lynchings, and the intense racism of the Jim Crow South, led to the Great Migration. Detroit would be a major destination for African Americans leaving the south. Jamon Jordan will speak on this era in which African Americans created and became a part of the historic communities of Black Bottom and Paradise Valley, where they founded churches, schools, civic institutions, as well as 350 Black-owned businesses. And learn how it was destroyed by local, state and federal policies of urban renewal and interstate highways. His talk will take us right up to the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements of the 1950s and 60s.
Jamon Jordan was born and raised in Detroit & Highland Park. In high school and college, Jordan became active in protesting and organizing against white supremacy and on behalf of Black Studies and Black self-determination. While in college, he met and became a student of Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokely Carmichael. This relationship widened his perspective on Pan-Africanism and Black Nationalism. Jordan began teaching in 1999, and started working at Nsoroma Institute in 2003. While at Nsoroma Institute, he has taught African Community Studies, and African & African American History. He is the co-founder and facilitator of the Black Scroll Network History & Tours and has led research tours throughout the city of Detroit and the United States.
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