[N.p., but likely Flint, Mi.]: Melvin E. Banner, 1964. 30pp., including illustrations. Original printed wrappers, stapled. Minor discoloration to wrappers, mild edge wear. Internally clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM56753
A rare, photographically-illustrated history of the African-American experience in Flint, Michigan, which also includes a section on notable African Americans in the city in the Civil Rights era. The author and publisher, Melvin E. Banner, includes a three-part history on "Early Negro Life in Flint" that takes up two-thirds of the text, and includes numerous photographs of early Flint residents and portraits of notable African American in the city, such as Father Norman Dukette, the "First Negro Catholic Priest of Christ the King Mission" and Herman Gibson, the "Late Editor of the Bronze Reporter, the oldest Negro newspaper in Flint." The section on current notable men and women of Flint is comprised mostly of auto industry employees working in various capacities for either Chevrolet, General Motors, or Buick, often giving their educational backgrounds. This latter section is introduced with a short note by Banner, in which he writes that "There are more than 34,000 Negro people in Flint. They enjoy a high standard of living. This has been made possible by various industries of which General Motors is the largest...." One wonders if Banner produced the present work as a promotional piece aimed at African-American workers in the south and elsewhere.
OCLC records just nine copies. OCLC 22980694, 704469889, 1043523535.