Black History Month
‘Black History, Ford White House’
Currently on display at Pierpont Commons, an exhibit of document and photo
reproductions from the Gerald R. Ford presidential papers celebrates the
Black experience, 1974-77, as activist citizens, elected officials, presidential
advisers and African heads of state.
|Former Tanzania President Julius Nyerere. (Photo
courtesy Gerald Ford Library)
Among the items on display in “Black History, Ford White House,”
are letters from fomer Keyna President Jomo Kenyatta and former Detroit
Mayor Coleman Young, a presidential briefing paper for a meeting with
the Congressional Black Caucus, a White House report by future AOL Time-Warner
chief Dick Parsons, and a memo regarding Muhammad Ali’s charitable
work. Images taken by White House photographers accompany the documents.
Created by the staff of U-M’s Gerald R. Ford Library and the Ford
Museum in Grand Rapids, the exhibit appears through Feb. 28. The Ford
Library is part of the National Archives’ system of presidential
libraries. Its collections are open to the public.