June 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder, an Asian American who was brutally killed with a baseball bat after his bachelor party in Highland Park by two white men who blamed the Japanese for a downturn in Detroit’s automotive industry. The hate crime spurred a multi-cultural civil rights movement united around equal justice and human dignity, and Detroit was the epicenter.

One Detroit’s Bill Kubota takes viewers to Detroit’s former Chinatown, on Cass Avenue just south of Mack Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, for an announcement from the City of Detroit, Detroit Public Television and other community partners about the four-day Vincent Chin 40th Anniversary Remembrance & Rededication.

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, activist, journalist and American Citizen for Justice Co-Founder Helen Zia, APIAVote Michigan Executive Director Rebeka Islam and State Senator Stephanie Chang recount the tragic history of Vincent Chin’s murder, what to expect from the remembrance and rededication events and the importance of commemorating the murder as the AAPI community continues to fight for equality in the United States.

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The Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication Planning Committee with Mayor Mike Duggan, State Senator Stephanie Chang, Wendy L. Jackson (The Kresge Foundation) and Rochelle Riley (City of Detroit Department of Arts, Cultures, and Entrepreneurship). Left to Right: Donald Young, Senator Stephanie Chang, Rochelle Riley, Mayor Mike Duggan, Rebeka Islam, James Shimoura, Zosette Guir, Helen Zia, Roland Hwang, Wendy Jackson | Photo by Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication Committee.

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