Virtual event! Sarah E. Ray: The Rosa Parks of Bob-lo Island

May 15 2021 | 12:00pm to 1:30pm

She’s remained largely unknown, but the courage of Detroiter Sarah Elizabeth Ray continues to affect us today. Known as the “Rosa Parks of the Bob-lo Boat,” Ray was removed from the S.S. Columbia in 1945 because of her race. Through the NAACP, she filed a criminal complaint against the company that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The ruling - in her favor - paved the way for the later Brown v. Board of Education case, which would overturn the longstanding "separate but equal" doctrine.

Join filmmaker Aaron Schillinger and historian and writer Desiree Cooper to view a clip from their short film and learn more about Ray's legacy, live on Zoom.

Participation is free with registration!

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