Michigan’s Story: The History of Race at U-M

George Jewett, the first African American to play varsity football at Michigan, George Jewett, the first African American to play varsity football at Michigan,


This student-researched exhibit chronicles many “firsts” at the University of Michigan, including the first African American, Japanese, Puerto Rican and Chinese students. Profiles of notable non-white students, faculty, and staff are accompanied by stories about race and student life, including the battle to integrate student dorms and the removal of restrictions on African American players on sports teams.

Part of the University of Michigan’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance, this exhibit is sponsored by the University Library, the Bentley Library, University Housing, the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), and the School of Information.