Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Special Event: "Black and Blue- The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward & the '34 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game".
Wednesday January 18, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Attend this special event - two days after Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday - and learn more about Willis Ward, Gerald Ford and the famous discriminatory incident that tore at the fabric of UM Athletics and the Ann Arbor community. Then, join the post-film discussion with director and writer, Brian Kruger and Buddy Moorehouse of Stunt3 Media, who will share their experiences in putting together this important film of Ann Arbor history.
"Black and Blue" is the story of the 1934 game between Michigan and Georgia Tech. When the Yellow Jackets agreed to play the Wolverines in Ann Arbor that season, they insisted on one condition - Willis Ward, the lone African-American player on the UM team, had to sit out the game.
Ward's teammates - especially Gerald Ford, Ward's roommate and a UM lineman- were outraged when U-M officials at agreed to the demand. The incident galvanized UM students and the Ann Arbor community, which held loud and vocal protests against the decision.
Willis F. Ward was later inducted into the University Of Michigan Athletic Hall Of Honor in 1981.