On July 10th at the Joseph Walker Williams Center Stephen Henderson hosted a intimate conversation about the 50th Anniversary of the events of 1967.

Topics include:

  • Causes and consequences of the 1967 civil disturbance.
  • Progress that has or hasn’t been made since.
  • Detroit institutions that rose from the civil disturbance.
  • Emerging leaders in Detroit’s African-American community.

Panelists featured:

  • Detroit Police Chief James Craig
  • JoAnn Watson, Former Detroit Councilwoman
  • Jason Lee, CEO at Focus: HOPE
  • Roderick Gillum, Trustee Emeritus at New Detroit
  • Lauren Hood, Executive Director, Live6 Alliance
  • Eric Thomas, Saga Marketing
  • Lester Graham, Michigan Radio
  • Bill McGraw, Journalist
  • Keith Owens, Michigan Chronicle

A video segment will lead us on a historical tour of the neighborhoods surrounding 12th and Clairmount as well as Gordon Park – the former site of the blind pig whose raid by the police precipitated the events of 1967.




Don’t miss American Black Journal on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and again on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.

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