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Entrepreneurial Exchanges among African American Leaders in Western Michigan. LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!
Date and TimeThursday, March 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
- Kirkhof Center » RM 2204 - Pere Marquette
African American individuals and communities carved out their belonging as Michiganders during various periods of the state’s history, while also preserving their cultural identity. The Idlewild community was a national treasure during the eras of its rise, decline, and to some extent, its rebirth. It not only served as a unique African American resort space that should be preserved. It also lends itself to the vibrancy of urban cities such as Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Saginaw. There were as well large concentrations of African Americans in Western Michigan, and other regions of the state, from the early to mid-twentieth century. How were these in-state networks established? In what ways were they sustained? This keynote presentation advances the following argument: Personal relationships were established through black leisure, recreation, and other celebratory maneuvering. These exceptionally important activities assisted in creating external and internal entrepreneurial exchanges among Black leaders in churches, entertainment venues, sports, and through the heads of illegal gambling operations, along with their consumer-supporters.
Kutsche Office of Local History