‘We Don’t Want Them’ exhibit on display through end of semester

A logo for the "We Don't Want Them: Race and Housing in Metro Detroit" exhibit.

Detroit Mercy is hosting the exhibition “We Don’t Want Them: Race and Housing in Metropolitan Detroit, 1900-1968” in the McNichols Campus Library through the end of the fall semester.

The exhibit examines the disparities formed in the founding of America’s cities and towns, which were built upon social, economic and government sanctioned racial segregation. Historic documents, photographs and personal stories displayed on freestanding display units and panels will help exhibit viewers understand the insidious effects of residential separation, and how inequitable societal structures were constructed to cause deep harm to communities for generations.

Since 2010, “We Don’t Want Them” has been shown throughout metro Detroit, reaching hundreds of thousands of people through libraries, schools, colleges, places of worship and business organizations.

The exhibit is shown by the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and InclusionA trailer for the exhibit is available online.

Additional events inspired by this exhibit are planned for the winter semester at the McNichols Campus Library.