Race and Politics of Detroit
Detroit Riot of 1967, a series of violent confrontations between residents of predominantly African American neighborhoods of Detroit and the city’s police department that began on July 23, 1967, and lasted five days. The riot resulted in the deaths of 43 people, including 33 African Americans and 10 whites. Many other people were injured, more than 7,000 people were arrested, and more than 1,000 buildings were burned in the uprising.
This shortly after Dr. Martin Luther King participated in the Walk to Freedom March in Detroit, organized by Aretha Franklin’s father, Rev. Clarence Franklin. These events shaped not only Aretha Franklin but the identity of what would become Detroit. The two are intersected through identity. This episode will explore race, identity, religion, and politics through the voice and gift of Aretha Franklin.
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