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A brick wall

January 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm
By Brandon Walker

My project investigates the work of the Detroit Inner City Voice as the official "newspaper" for the League of Revolutionary Negro Workers.  Please pay close attention to the quotation marks around newspaper, as I will further explain why this could be a problem.

The Inner City Voice was founded by a group of college students at Wayne State University, Michigan's "only urban public research university", located in Detroit.  The paper was known for articles reflecting a more radical voice within Detroit's African American community.  Founded by Wayne State students James Watson, Mike Hamlin, among others, the paper gained instant popularity in the months following the Detroit Race Riot of 1967.  Eventually, Watson and Hamlin joined forces with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, an organization of African-American workers formed in 1969.   

The Inner City Voice later became the official newspaper for the League of Revolutionary Black Workers.  Publications promoted inner-group goals and objectives, while highlighting current events within the movement's push for recognition from the UAW.

While researching last week, I ran into an interview archive that refuted a major claim of my paper... or at least I thought it did.  Confused, I ran to my comps advisor in search for answers.  Luckily we worked out a way to work this new source into my old argument.  Wow, this is turning out to be quite the experience.  Of course, I'll keep you posted throughout the term.

Many thanks,