Coaching great

Legendary men’s gymnastics coach Newt Loken — winner of two NCAA championships, 12 Big Ten titles and two Coach of the Year awards — leaps to promote the March 1979 Big Ten Championships at Crisler Arena. (Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library)

 This month in history (28 years ago)

Racial incidents on campus in the mid-1980s contributed to the creation of a United Coalition Against Racism, which organized a major rally for March 4, 1987. At a hearing of the Higher Education Subcommittee March 5 at the Michigan Union, university officials described the steps being taken to combat racism. The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with rally leaders and President Harold Shapiro March 23. After a six-point action plan was announced at Hill Auditorium, Jackson said, “There may be darkness on campuses all around the country, but in Ann Arbor, a light is shining today.”

— “The Making of the University of Michigan 1817-1992,” by Howard H. Peckham


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