Detroit Riots

Current Sports | July 25, 2017

Jul 25, 2017
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Big Ten Media Days; MSU Football; Mark Dantonio; Detroit Riots; Willie Horton; Scott Pohl; Drama in the NBA.

Tigers Legend Willie Horton Discusses His Role In The 1967 Detroit Riots

Jul 25, 2017
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WKAR's Scott Pohl sat one-on-one with Detroit Tigers legend Willie Horton to discuss his role in the Detroit Riots, as well as his playing days with the Tigs. Listen to extended snippets here as Pohl joined Al Martin on today's "Current Sports."

Part One: Horton's childhood, signing with the Tigers.


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In the early 1960’s, Detroit had one of the highest standards of living in the country. 

But not everyone shared in the wealth. 

In 1967, Detroit’s undercurrent of unrest burst to the surface.  The riot that began on July 23 was the start of the worst civil disturbance in American history. 

 


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It wasn't sweet music that brought Martha Reeves to the microphone at the Fox Theatre that day in July 1967; it was brutal reality.

Detroit was burning.