Real Idlewild History: Top Music in Michigan

Dr. Ronald Stephens is the author of Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan. Idlewild is an African-American resort in Michigan, created during the time of Jim Crow segregation when many beaches and resorts were not open to blacks.

Its heyday ran from the 1920s to the 1960s. Stephens says it was known for both its peace and quiet — and its all-night parties featuring the latest jazz, blues or soul.

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