LIVE EVENT - 1967 Detroit Riots - 50th Anniversary

by NinaShelton

C-SPAN3's American History TV


1967 Detroit Riots - 50th Anniversary

LIVE Sunday, July 23, 2017  12pm ET

 American History TV will be LIVE from the Detroit Free Press newsroom 50 years after five days of rioting erupted in the city, sparked by a police raid on an illegal bar and fueled by long-simmering tensions over racism and segregation. Racial unrest ignited in more than 150 American cities that summer, but Detroit, along with Newark, New Jersey, was the hardest hit. President Johnson dispatched 5,000 federal troops, 43 people died, hundreds were injured, 7,000 arrested and 2,500 buildings were looted or destroyed. Property damage was estimated at more than $30 million.

Joining us from Detroit . . .

12pm to 1:15pm: What happened in Detroit & why?

    • -Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson of the University of Michigan
    • -Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor & Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Henderson

1:15pm to 2pm: Media coverage & aftermath

    • -Former Detroit Police Chief & Former Deputy Mayor Isaiah "Ike" McKinnon
    • -Former Detroit Free Press & Detroit News journalist Tim Kiska

Our coverage also includes:  

    • -Tour of Detroit Historical Museum exhibit "Detroit 67:Perspectives"
    • -Interviews near the riot's flash point
    • -Oral history interviews with people who were there
    • -Archival footage of the unfolding violence recorded by WXYZ-TV Detroit
    • -President Johnson addressing the nation
    • -Aerial footage of the 1967 riots & views of how the area looks today


 This program re-airs on American History TV on C-SPAN3 that night – Sunday, July 23 - at 6pm and 10pm ET.