As the Detroit 1967 riots began, a revelation was brewing in the city, and what rose from the ashes of the rebellion has ultimately shaped the city and how it functions today. In Dominique Morisseau‘s production of “Detroit ’67,” the questions of race, social justice and progress that took center stage during the Detroit 1967 riots turn inward to see how the civil disturbance intertwined and impacted the lives of one African American family.

The play ran from May 11 – June 5, 2022 in the General Motors Theatre at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, courtesy of the Detroit Public Theatre.

RELATED: View all of One Detroit/American Black Journal’s coverage of the Detroit 1967 riots.

Detroit '67 Play

A scene from Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ’67” play, performed in the General Motors Theatre at the Charles H. Wright Museum, courtesy of the Detroit Public Theatre.

One Detroit contributor AJ Walker sits down with Detroit Public Theatre Co-Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director Courtney Burkett to talk about the compassion for community and humanity audiences get from watching the play and how Burkett believes “Detroit ’67” adds to Detroit’s arts and culture scene, and its overall narrative. Plus, Burkett shares news about a new Detroit Public Theatre space opening in the fall of 2022 in Detroit’s Midtown.

 

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