50 Years After The Fires

Perspectives of Detroiters on 1967 and Michiganders on race relations in 2017.

Karel Vega / WKAR-FM

Lansing is steadily becoming more diverse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the rate of people living in the city who identify as two or more races rose by over 62-percent between 2000 and 2010. 


Kevin Lavery / WKAR Public Media

Crews are starting to board up about 11,000 vacant houses across Detroit.

An outside shot of Plymouth Congregational church.
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

White privilege is an issue that’s being discussed more and more in recent years. But what exactly is it?

WKAR's Katie Cook explores that question with a diversity and white privilege expert, and with the pastor of a Lansing church studying the topic. 

Jamie Paisley

Head to the Detroit Institute of Arts for their artistic take on 50 years after the 1967 Uprising in Detroit.


wide view of East Lansing
WKAR File Photo

All this week, WKAR has reported on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 uprising in Detroit.  The disturbance brought many civil rights issues to the forefront...beliefs and values that extended far beyond Detroit.


Jamie Paisley

Inside the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, curator Patrina Chatman decided to take a different path when it came to addressing the 1967 Rebellion which shook the museum’s home city of Detroit.


Detroit street
Detroit Public Television / DPTV

Fifty years ago today, Detroit was in devastation.

 

The police raid of an after-hours bar on July 23, 1967 triggered a massive wave of arson, looting and sniper fire across much of the city.

 

The Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police, the Michigan National Guard and even U.S. Army troops were deployed to bring order to Detroit.  Their presence, however, only seemed to escalate the anger.

Current Sports | July 25, 2017

Jul 25, 2017
Detroit street
Detroit Public Television / DPTV

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
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

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.


Bob Wall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Detroit wasn’t the only city in Michigan that experienced racial tension and violence during the turbulent summer of 1967. Disturbances ranging from shootings to broken windows were also reported in Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Mount Clemens, Benton Harbor and Pontiac.

In the Calhoun County city of Albion, the racially diverse population led some to call the town “Little Detroit.”

WKAR’s Scott Pohl went to Albion to talk with people who were there, and remain there today.


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