WXYZ Editorial: The 1967 Detroit unrest; Looking back to look forward!

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 17:05:27-04

July 23, 1967.  It was the beginning of five of the darkest and most devastating days in Detroit history.  The '67 riot or rebellion marked a turning point for the Motor City.  When the smoke and turmoil cleared, 43 people were dead, thousands were injured and much of the inner city was in ruins. 

Fifty years later, that civil unrest is still an important measuring stick.  How far have we come, where are we today and what does the future hold for our city and region?

For weeks now, 7 Action News and our Detroit 2020 initiative has taken a serious look at the issues facing Detroit in 1967. And this Sunday evening, from 7 to 9 o'clock, we will proudly broadcast the TV premiere of 12th and Clairmount, a Detroit Free Press film in collaboration with Channel 7 and Bridge Magazine.   

Immediately following this eye-opening documentary, we will televise and stream live  - on and on our WXYZ Facebook page - a Detroit 2020 Town Hall meeting.  Reporter and anchor Carolyn Clifford will lead a discussion about Michigan's largest and best known city. 

We have a lot to be proud of right now.  So many positive, inspiring things are happening.  That's why it's so important to keep this reenergized spirit going.   It's our goal to look back on this historical event, recognize what led up to it and move forward together with a shared vision.  We want to tap into the common threads that unite us and find solutions to the problems that divide us.   How do we continue to move forward in a positive direction embracing diversity as our strength?

This is a unique opportunity for Detroit to show the world why recognizing the past and engaging in open communication today is so vital!  We strongly believe that this community, as well as other American cities can greatbenefit from our experiences and stories.   Detroit 1967: Looking Back to Look Forward.  We invite you to join us Sunday evening on-air, online and on Facebook Live. 

I'm Mike Murri, Vice President & General Manager

Broadcast: July 20 - 23, 2017