When African-Americans in Detroit Weren't Allowed To Join The Detroit Club, They Formed This One

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

By Terry Parris Jr.

In 1923, The Nacirema Club formed. But it formed out of exclusion from the Detroit Athletic Club. At that time, African-Americans weren't allowed to participate in the DAC, or the Detroit Club. So, they formed this one on Detroit's Old West Side. What does Nacirema mean? Where does it come from? Detroit author Ken Coleman explains:

On Monday we rolled out a video series. We spent an afternoon with Detroit author Ken Coleman. He took us to five spots around Detroit that are significant to African-American history. We covered stories from the 1800s and the Underground Rail, through the '20s and '40s, and up to the late '50s with the formation of the Trade Union Leadership Council. Today, we are featuring what happened at 4801 E. Nevada St. in northeast Detroit in the 1940s.

You can watch the entire series here.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Craig Fahle and Coleman discussed the video project. Dig a little deeper on these sites and why they were chosen by listening to the conversation here:
Historically Significant Sites in Detroit - The Craig Fahle Show by The Craig Fahle Show

Additionally, here is a map of the spots we went to throughout Detroit. The Nacirema Club is the yellow star.

Thanks to:
Ken Coleman for his time and knowledge
Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
Joshua Jouppi for WDET motion graphic