WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:45 am
WHERE: First United Methodist Church NORTHVILLE
777 W. Eight Mile, Northville (Taft/8 Mile)
WHAT: Fabulous lunch and speaker open to spouses, family, friends, and guests

(Cynthia Pickens is the caterer and the menu is: Winter Crunch Salad, Panzanella salad, roasted green beans, pork ragu, lemon chicken cacciatore pasta and dessert)

WHO: Michael Smith: Mike is currently the Johanna Meijer Magoon Principal Archivist at the Bentley Historical Library at the university of Michigan and Archivist for the Detroit Jewish News Foundation. He has 30 years of experience as an archivist and historian of Detroit and Michigan, including nine years as Director of the Walter Reuther Library at Wayne State University.

He has presented and published extensively on such topics as Detroit history, Michigan history, African American History, Detroit Jewish History and the history of the American Labor movement and automotive industry. HE has appeared in numerous local, national and foreign documentary films about Detroit and has been quoted in local and national media such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, CNN and the Detroit News and Free Press. In 2009, Mike was nominated for Archivist of the United States.

The Battle of the Overpass was a historic national event for the history of the Labor Movement in America. It was the legendary Walter Reuther’s first time in the spotlight before he was the long-servicing president of the United Automobile Workers Union (UAE). This was during the Great Depression, an era of national unrest as people sought solutions to 25% unemployment and extreme poverty. In this context, union organizing was at its peak when the primary economic engine in the U.S. was manufacturing. Of course, in Detroit and Michigan, the automobile industry was the primary industry. Car makers did not want unions in their factories and fiercely fought the UAW The Battle of the Overpass was one of key moments in this struggle.

COST: $20 Per person payable through Pay Pal on line at aauwnn.org, or by check payable to AAUWNN and mailed to AAUWNN, PO Box 511, Northville, MI 48671 ATTN: Rhonda York. Monies should be in by February 4, 2019 at the very latest; early reservations are greatly appreciated so that the caterer can prepare and we can plan.