40 Years Ago Today

The worst riots happened 40 years ago on this day, the Infamous 1967 riots.

You can find more information and history on various media sites, but basically the police raided an after-hours bar, where 80 black patrons were, and soon after police took them out, people on the streets began breaking into storefronts, vandalizing, and looting. Within 48 hours national guard moved in, and restored order eventually.

The riots have had a lasting effect in the minds of Detroiters and the suburbanites outside of the city.

The mayor was spoke at the ceremony held at Virginia Park this afternoon in the city.

1 Comment so far

  1. Mollika* (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    It is frightening that it was not all that long ago and that there are people alive today who remember how bad racial tensions were. Despite the atrocities, there is still so much left to do in regards to race equality.

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