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Week of January 24, 2011

Old school: U-M in History

Toboggan ride

Students bundle up for a bit of winter fun, circa 1891-1900. Photo courtesy Bentley Historical Library

This month in history (11 years ago)

ABC News anchor and reporter Carole Simpson spoke at U-M as part of a Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. and Equal Rights program. The U-M alumnus was one of 65 black undergraduate students at U-M in 1960. Simpson recalled that the house mother of her residence hall had referred to Simpson and the two other black women in her building as “her negresses.” Simpson said living in the South after graduation meant having to sit on the second floor of movie theaters and not seeing people of color on television or in magazines. “But Dr. Martin Luther King, and the courageous black and white people who risked life and limb to join in his struggle, changed America,” she said.  — The University Record

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Diana Paterno, graduate program assistant, Department of Sociology, on the farming organization Wishing Tree Gardens: “We enrich not just the soil, but the whole community.”


Zell Visiting Writers Series with Mary Gaitskill, 5 p.m. Feb. 10, U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium.

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