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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.



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