the great michigan read en Arc of Justice: A conversation with author Kevin Boyle <p>Every year the Michigan Humanities Council invites Michiganders to participate in a statewide initiative, the Great Michigan Read. This year&rsquo;s selection, <em>Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age</em>, explores a crucial moment in the northern Civil Rights movement&mdash;the events leading to the trial of African American physician Ossian Sweet and his family.</p><p>On September 9<sup>th</sup>, 1925 Dr. Sweet and his wife Gladys moved into their new home, crossing the color line into an all-white neighborhood on the east side of Detroit.</p><p>Two days later, a crowd of whites gathered in the street to drive the family away. Dr. Sweet and 10 others chose to stay, armed and barricaded inside the house, to defend against the mob. Tensions reached their limit and someone fired into the crowd. Two whites were shot and killed, and the 11 people inside the Sweet home were charged with first degree murder.</p><p>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Jennifer White spoke with Kevin Boyle, author of <em>Arc of Justice</em>. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:34:27 +0000 Jennifer White, Mercedes Mejia & Zoe Clark 5151 at