The Detroit Tribune of the 1930s to 1960s was Michigan’s most important African-American newspaper of the World War-two era. The product of a merger of the  Independent and the Tribune in 1933, for its first year it was known as the Detroit Tribune Independent. The Tribune is a trove of information on Michigan’s Black community in the crucial period of the Great Migration and World War Two. While Ypsilanti’s growing Black population rarely featured in the Ypsilanti Press of the day, the Tribune ran a near weekly column on the social life and activities of Ypsilanti’s African-American neighborhoods.

Here, those columns are gathered sequentially. Click on a year and you will be able to view each column. Clicking on a photo will open a slide-show where you can browse each week’s entry. To see a larger image click “full size” on the bottom right. The dates are captioned (33-10-02 is October 2, 1933). Occasionally there are two or more sections to an article which are signified by .1 and .2 at the end of the date. Some issues are missing, while other times the copy was to poor to include.

Articles from 1933-34                                                       Articles from 1936