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Kramer, Marian, 1944-
Marian Kramer [videorecording]
[Dearborn, Mich.] : University of Michigan--Dearborn, Campus Media Services, c2007
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 Videos/2nd Flr  F574.D453 M67 2007 v.4    AVAILABLE
 Videos/2nd Flr  F574.D453 M67 2007 v.4 c.2  AVAILABLE
Subject Kramer, Marian, 1944- -- Interviews
Subject(s) Welfare rights movement -- Michigan -- Detroit
Sexism -- Michigan -- Detroit
Civil rights workers -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Biography
Women radicals -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Biography
African American radicals -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Biography
Political activists -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Biography
Physical Description 1 videodisc (ca. 76 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Note - System Details DVD
Note Title from disc label
Recorded on August 6, 2007
Performer/Participant Interviewer: Kae Halonen
Summary Marian Kramer was interviewed by Kae Halonen as part of the Motor City Voices Project. Marian Kramer started participating in the civil rights movement while she was in college, fighting for racial as well as gender equality. Her involvement with the Congress of Racial Equality led her to northern Illinois from her birthplace in Louisiana. She relocated to Detroit and became involved with the Inner City Voice in 1966 and the West Central Organization where she produced Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) leaflets and newsletters. While working in the movement for political and economic change, she experienced sexism first-hand. She fought to alleviate the line that was being drawn between the men and women of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, threatening to halt production of the publications if the problem was not addressed. Kramer was a prominent figure in Detroit neighborhoods due to her organizing skills, drawing the attention of the Black Panthers and inevitably, the FBI and Detroit Police. At one point, she faced 7 years in the state penitentiary but, through Kenneth Cockrel's advocacy, did not have to serve her sentence. After the split of the League in 1971, she returned to her first passion, welfare rights, serving in the West Side Mothers, presiding over the Michigan Welfare Rights Association in 1982 and running the National Welfare Rights Organization in 1987, where she acted as co-chair for the organization at one time. She continues her work for social justice around issues such as water rights in her home town of Highland Park, Michigan
Series Motor City voices project
Alternate Author Halonen, Kae

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