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"Beware of Kidnappers" (Fugitive Slave Act)

  It could very well be that one of the “worst laws in the history of this country” is not what some might imagine. The Fugitive...

More on "Beware of Kidnappers" (Fugitive Slave Act) Updated 1/30/18 by P. Higo
1837 William Whipper: "practice of non-resistance to physical aggression"

“Resolved, That the practice of non-resistance to physical aggression, is not only consistent with reason, but the surest method of obtaining a...

More on 1837 William Whipper: "practice of non-resistance to physical aggression" Updated 10/2/17 by P. Higo
1957 Homecoming with a Shakespearean Theme

The University of Detroit Mercy is celebrating Homecoming this weekend, September 29-30. It includes a dinner dance, fun run, a tug-of-war...

More on 1957 Homecoming with a Shakespearean Theme Updated 9/28/17 by P. Higo
1961 Last Dance for J-Prom

What had been an annual tradition, starting in 1914, the Junior Prom (also called J-Hop) came to an end in 1961. It was a grand occasion where...

More on 1961 Last Dance for J-Prom Updated 11/8/17 by P. Higo
1967 Detroit Riots – The View from University of Detroit McNichols Campus

On the 50th Anniversary of the July 1967 Detroit Riots, there has been a lot of discussion in the media as to how it affected the people in the...

More on 1967 Detroit Riots – The View from University of Detroit McNichols Campus Updated 8/16/17 by R. Davidson
A Memorial Day Tribute

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More on A Memorial Day Tribute Updated 5/24/18 by P. Higo
A Note on the New Year from 1855

The following editorial was published in the Provincial Freeman newspaper on January 6, 1855. The digitized version of this editorial in the Black...

More on A Note on the New Year from 1855 Updated 1/6/18 by P. Higo
A Train Connection at the University of Detroit

With the recent announcement of Ford Motor Company acquiring the historic Michigan Central Train station, in browsing the files in archives, I...

More on A Train Connection at the University of Detroit Updated 6/20/18 by P. Higo
A Very Merry Madrigal Christmas

The University of Detroit sponsored Madrigal Dinners in full medieval costumes from 1964-1966. The students put on the production with songs by...

More on A Very Merry Madrigal Christmas Updated 11/27/17 by P. Higo
“A Boy of 1812″

Things were never really what you might call cordial between the New World and Britain during the early 1800s.  There was the whole mess between...

More on “A Boy of 1812″ Updated 6/12/18 by P. Higo
“Our Wish is to Do Good”

The Colored American was among 40 black newspapers published before the Civil War.  Although it’s first issue was available in...

More on “Our Wish is to Do Good” Updated 10/26/17 by P. Higo
“Southside View of Slavery”

A documentary on Public Television (PBS) called The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross offers an excellent overview of slavery in the...

More on “Southside View of Slavery” Updated 2/7/18 by P. Higo
Big Mac on Campus

OK- well not exactly ON campus, but you can't miss it. McDonald's set up shop at the corner of McNichols and Livernois in 1989....

More on Big Mac on Campus Updated 8/4/17 by R. Davidson
Civil War and Civil Rights

It was fear mostly that kept free black men from being accepted for enlistment in the early days of the Civil War (1861-1865).  Although they...

More on Civil War and Civil Rights Updated 9/14/17 by P. Higo
From the 1968 Commencement File

From 50 years ago....       from artist Charles Thurston, some pointers on "How to Watch a Graduation"...

More on From the 1968 Commencement File Updated 5/17/18 by P. Higo
Game Night at the Library

Each year the McNichols Library sponsors a night of games for Detroit Mercy students, staff and faculty. A variety of video and card games...

More on Game Night at the Library Updated 11/1/17 by P. Higo
Happy Easter

Varsity News April 4, 1950

More on Happy Easter Updated 8/16/17 by R. Davidson
Happy Thanksgiving

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More on Happy Thanksgiving Updated 11/13/17 by P. Higo
Happy? New Year!

Varsity News Jan 13, 1976

More on Happy? New Year! Updated 1/3/18 by N. Blume
Human Chess Game at the University Detroit 1959

Monarchy met Democracy in a full scale "Human Chess Game" at the University of Detroit in 1959. Moving on a 576 square-foot chess board...

More on Human Chess Game at the University Detroit 1959 Updated 6/7/18 by P. Higo
Library before the internet

OH NO! The system is down! Well, guess we will just have to do stuff the old fashion way-with paper and pencil and a good memory as to where the...

More on Library before the internet Updated 3/7/18 by P. Higo
Library Construction Update

Its getting there, but still has a ways to go.....      

More on Library Construction Update Updated 6/4/18 by P. Higo
Lillie B. Kassab Memorial

  Students and visitors have probably passed by the Lillie B. Kassab Memorial thousands of times without too much notice. It was...

More on Lillie B. Kassab Memorial Updated 1/25/18 by P. Higo
Martin Luther King Jr.-Still Dreaming

More on Martin Luther King Jr.-Still Dreaming Updated 1/11/18 by P. Higo
Memorial Day May 29, 1951

Memorial Day Service May 29, 1951 Marble table at the base of the University of Detroit Mercy Tower

More on Memorial Day May 29, 1951 Updated 8/2/17 by R. Davidson
Memories for the Class of 1967

No cell phones back then! New buildings on campus being put up. The chaos and frustration of registering for class!...

More on Memories for the Class of 1967 Updated 8/10/17 by P. Higo
Mercy College newspaper 1970

From October, 1941 through April 1989, Mercy College of Detroit offered its academic population news and information through the publication of a...

More on Mercy College newspaper 1970 Updated 8/4/17 by R. Davidson
More things change, more they stay the same: 1946 vs 2017

As I was browsing through the 1946-1947 Varsity News for something to post on this blog, I came across a couple of items that are still very much...

More on More things change, more they stay the same: 1946 vs 2017 Updated 9/12/17 by P. Higo
Some Gestures from the University of Detroit Mercy Folklore Archive

In the archives are photos of gestures from the Folklore Archive collection. I am posting some of them here (there are 79 total pictures, in the...

More on Some Gestures from the University of Detroit Mercy Folklore Archive Updated 1/20/18 by P. Higo
SPRING BREAK!

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Take the Library Survey-Chance to WIN $50 Amazon Gift Card

        JUST A FEW MORE DAYS LEFT! Click this link or copy into your browser:...

More on Take the Library Survey-Chance to WIN $50 Amazon Gift Card Updated 4/11/18 by P. Higo
The age of inquiry

In March, 1827, Freedom’s Journal, the first black-owned and operated newspaper was established with the goal of reaching the free...

More on The age of inquiry Updated 8/2/17 by R. Davidson
Travelogue 1863

During the years of African-American Newspaper publication in the 1800s, articles would often appear regarding travel across the new territory that...

More on Travelogue 1863 Updated 3/2/18 by R. Davidson
Tuyere Fraternity 1918-1977?

The Tuyere fraternity started in 1918, but under the name "Cosine Theta". At first it was just a club licensed to play cards and have a...

More on Tuyere Fraternity 1918-1977? Updated 10/9/17 by P. Higo
Valuable Package (Henry 'Box' Brown)

On June 7, 1849, an amazing tale of one man’s courageous flight from slavery was published in the Emancipator, one of many black abolitionist...

More on Valuable Package (Henry 'Box' Brown) Updated 1/30/18 by P. Higo
Women's and Gender Studies Program: Celebrating 25 Years!

In response to student concerns, academic developments of the the late 20th century, and social movements around the globe, the idea of a...

More on Women's and Gender Studies Program: Celebrating 25 Years! Updated 10/19/17 by P. Higo

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