African Americans in Michigan

Choir of St. Matthew and St. Joseph Church

Choir of St. Matthew and St. Joseph Church
Detroit, Michigan, Easter 1911

Research materials at the Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library provide rich documentation of individuals, movements, organizations, and institutions that have voiced the concerns and advanced the causes of African Americans in Michigan. Records from five state chapters of the Urban League, and papers of leaders of the NAACP and CORE in Detroit, bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and leaders in the civil rights movement are among the collections which assist researchers in studying the goals and policies of African American communities and the programs designed and implemented to achieve them.

It should be noted that this subject guide is not en exhaustive list of every collection in the Bentley that contains materials on African Americans, but is instead designed to help researchers by providing a broad overview of the lives of African Americans in Michigan and the challenges they faced.

Note: Some of these record groups have been microfilmed and are available on Inter-Library Loan. Access to the library's total holdings in this area may be found using the MIRLYN online catalog.