Contact: Rebekah Craft, Baldwin Public Library
Phone: 248-554-4682Email: rebekah.craft@baldwinli b.org
Baldwin Library Hosts Detroit in 1967 Series
BIRMINGHAM, MI (June 22, 2017) – 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the uprising known as the 1967 Detroit Riot. Throughout the summer, the Baldwin Library will present a series of programs to commemorate the anniversary of this important event in Detroit’s history. The series is designed to not only help community remembers remember the event, but also to see the path from '67 until now, and consider the City's future.
During the week of civil disturbance, 43 people died, 1,100 people were injured, and more than 7,000 people were arrested. It is one of the most critical moments in Detroit's—and Michigan's—history. “It is important to pause and reflect on the circumstances surrounding the events of that week, and what has happened in the City over the past fifty years,” said Maria Williams, Head of Adult Services.
Journalist Bill McGraw will begin the series with a lecture on the start of the 1967 Detroit Riot. “Detroit had one of the worst civil disorders in American history, and as the 50th anniversary approaches, there is so much to recall about the city at that time, and to talk about what has changed in half a century,” he says.
The Spark that Ignited the 1967 Detroit Riot, with Bill McGraw
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Hear the story of the blind pig that was raided by police in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967.
Making Detroit: History and Mystery, with Stephen Vogel
Monday, July 10 at 7:00 pm.
U of D Mercy Architecture Professor Stephen Vogel will discuss the history of Detroit from its founding to present day, and provide speculations on a new vision for the City.
Oral History Collection for the Detroit Historical Museum’s Detroit 67 Project
Friday, August 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Detroit Historical Museum is collecting oral histories of current and former Detroit residents who remember the July 1967 riot. Share your experience with a trained volunteer. Call 248-554-4650 to make an appointment.
American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m.
View the story of Detroiter Grace Lee Boggs, a labor and civil rights activist, for whom the 1967 Detroit riot was a watershed moment.
This series is presented as part of the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program. Advance registration is requested and can be done on the Library’s website or by calling the Adult Services Department at 248-554-4650.
The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street. The Library’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Library’s website www.baldwinlib.org has information on how to register for a Library Card and access all of the Library’s services.