Ferris Homepage

 Letters to the Jim Crow Museum

Reflections

I have just read "The Garbage Man: Why I Collect Racist Objects." I am a retired Administrative Law Judge and a former Training Officer for the Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights. Your wonderfully illuminating essay was forwarded to me by a close friend, the only Black member of my graduating class at Detroit College of Law in 1976.

I grew up in Shiawassee County when it was all White. My mother often told me of seeing a lone Black man chased and beaten by a mob of Whites during the Detroit Race Riot of 1943. She fears he was killed, and is still horrified after all these years.

I did an M.A. thesis at Wayne State University on racial discrimination in the building trades, and worked at the Dept. of Civil Rights for 7 years, but it was only in retirement that I managed to launch an assault on racist stereotypes.

After 30 years of enjoying classical music by White composers, I found two CDs of Black composers in a record store in 1995. That discovery led to more collecting and research, including biographies of "The Black Mozart", Le Chevalier de Saint-George (1745-1799). When I saw his portrait, showing him dressed to conduct an orchestra in 18th century finery, I knew the world needed to see it too.

For 5 years I have had a large bilingual Web site which has had 90,000 visits this year alone, from over 100 countries. Not only does Black Classical Music exist; it is appreciated around the world, especially in Europe.

I know you must be preoccupied with your own important mission on Jim Crow, but I hope you will also have time to visit: www.AfriClassical.com.

Congratulations and thank you on The Jim Crow Museum and your wonderful essay about it.

Best wishes,

Bill Zick
Ann Arbor, Mich.

-- Oct. 22, 2005


BACK TO LETTERS

 

About the Founder

Other Stereotypes

Recognition

Quick Links

Speeches
Writings
Speaker Info
Upcoming Talks

Women
Native Americans
Mexican Americans
Museum Staff
Docents
Partners and Sponsors
Other Collections
Contact
Donate
Question of the Month
FAQ
Jim Crow Museum
Copyright © 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Ferris State University