Robben Fleming walks with demonstrators in April 1988, as he returned to U-M to briefly serve as interim president. (Fleming originally served as U-M president in 1968-79.) Fleming’s experience as a labor arbitrator helped him persuade divergent elements to preserve intellectual freedom without disruption. Click the photo to view a larger version. (Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library)

This month in history (36 years ago)

Celebrated poet Robert Hayden, a former U-M student, Hopwood Award winner (twice, for poetry) and faculty member, was remembered by family and friends in an April 5, 1980, memorial program at the Michigan League Ballroom, several weeks after his death. Hayden’s poetry gained international recognition in the 1960s. In 1975, he received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. In 1976, he became the first African American to be appointed as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (later called the poet laureate).

— From The Michigan Daily and