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ERIC Number: ED069832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 167
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Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Race Against Race.
Cosseboom, Kathy
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, is a status community--but is it status quo? Yes and no. A bill proposed as a measure of community support for open housing opportunities got a definite "no" vote in Grosse Pointe Farms, although in opposition to State and Federal law precedents. The first Negro family who bought a Grosse Pointe home met with mixed reactions. Martin Luther King's appearance at a Grosse Pointe school met with the same mixed reaction. Black studies were incorporated in the high school curriculum, but the course's value and effectiveness was questioned or unknown. The school board promoted community college courses in the high school which might have brought blacks into greater contact with the community. Attempts to prevent this move failed; but its potential as a step toward removing the racial barrier remained unfulfilled. Surprisingly, private schools were more able to open their doors than public. Church programs brought blacks into the community and took whites to Detroit for attempts at understanding which occasionally led to more misunderstanding and further isolation. Grosse Pointe's sheltered nature disturbs its youth who have complained that they want to be prepared to face the wider world. Despite the leaders in merchandising, industry, labor, politics, and religion Grosse Pointe refuses to take the lead in bringing the races together. (Author/JM)
Michigan State Univ. Press, Box 550, E. Lansing, Mich. 48824 ($7.50)
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan