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African-American History in Washtenaw County

Feb 29, 2016

Credit Washtenaw County

To wrap-up our Black History Month coverage, we spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor of Africology and African-American Studies, Ronald Woods.

He highlighted some of the most influential African-Americans of Washtenaw County.  Among them is David Byrd, who was the first black man to serve on the county's board of commissioners in the late 1960's.


Among his many other accomplishments include the fight for women's rights.  The professor added that African-Americans have had a big impact on Washtenaw County through civil rights movements and education, but more voices are needed in politics to address discrimination issues.

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu