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Honor Willis Ward
  • Petitioned The University of Michigan

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The University of Michigan

Honor Willis Ward

    1. Petition by

      Buddy Moorehouse

      Gregory, MI

When Georgia Tech came to Michigan for a football game on Oct. 20, 1934, the visiting Yellow Jackets said they would refuse to play the game unless Michigan benched Willis Ward, an amazing student-athlete who was the lone African-American on the team. U-M eventually agreed to keep Ward off the field and out of the stadium, making it the only time in school history that a player was benched because of his race.

This year, Michigan has a home game against Michigan State on Oct. 20 - on the 78th anniversary of the Georgia Tech game. This year is also the 100th anniversary of Willis Ward's birth.

Since Willis Ward was banned from Michigan Stadium on Oct. 20, it's fitting that he be welcomed back to Michigan Stadium on Oct. 20.

We urge the University of Michigan to honor Willis Ward at the Michigan-MSU football game on Oct. 20, 2012.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Rasul Raheem SOUTHFIELD, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Michigan as a leader and the best should stand for what is right. How Judge Ward was treated by his University was morally wrong. The university stood with the racist against their own.

    • John Garvin OAK PARK, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      This man became an outstanding citizen and a veteran dispite his race, who survied discrimination and taught all people that injustice should never be allowed to permeate this land that we call," The United States of America."

    • Olivia Vander Hoff GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      We should honor the people that made our lives easier to live in today.

    • Chiquita Swift LANSING, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Because in other ways they are still benching our Black America Young Men

    • Greg Geider ANN ARBOR, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      Story needs to be told.


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