Watch the LIVE panel discussion March 9, 2019 4pm ET
Filmmaker Pam Sporn and star Wendell Watkins discuss the film Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
On March 9, at 4pm ET Detroit Public TV and One Detroit will stream the live conversation at the Detroit Historical Museum.
About the film
Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route a film by Pam Sporn explores the rise, demise and contested resurgence of America’s “motor city” through a multi-generational choir of voices who reside in mail carrier Wendell Watkins‘ work route.
Archival footage and oral histories convey the impetus behind the African American migration up north to push against the boundaries of racial and economic segregation. The testimonials of Wendell’s neighbors and friends shed light on the impacts of redlining and the fight for housing justice, the legacy of industrial and political disinvestment, the fragility of Black home ownership as impacted by the mortgage and financial crisis, and a confluence of events and failed policies that resulted in Detroit’s bankruptcy. Blamed for Detroit’s devastation but determined to survive, the resilient community offers creative solutions to re-imagine a more inclusive and equitable city.