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Leonard Posey is an alumni of Eastern Michigan. He graduated from Eastern Michigan with Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. Posey was an active student on campus, serving in the student senate all four years. Additionally, he was a member of the Black Student Association, during his fourth year as a student here on campus, Posey was elected student body president becoming EMU’s first African American student body president. The last year of Posey’s academic tenure was met with some difficulty when it was squeezed between students and faculty over issues with the student senate, allocation of funds and a clerical workers strike. After graduation, he took a job at the university in the Personnel Department then became interested in educational activism becoming the first Black Wayne-Westland School Board member.

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Black Student Association, Eastern Michigan University, student protest, student body, student government, Civil Rights Movement, Detroit, Bowen Fieldhouse, Pease Auditorium, Black fraternities

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Leonard Posey, Oral History Interview, 2018