detroit riots en New play examines infamous Algiers incident from Detroit riots <p>One of the most painful and divisive times in Michigan's history were the five days in July 1967 known as "the Detroit riots," &nbsp;which left 43 people dead, nearly 1,200 hurt, more than 2,000 buildings destroyed and more than 7,200 people arrested.</p><p>One of the most infamous events of those five days came just after midnight on July 25, 1967. The riots were at their peak when Detroit police and National Guard troops swept into the Algiers Motel, searching for snipers.</p><p>Two hours later, police left the Algiers. They had found no snipers. But they left behind them the bodies of three black youths.</p><p>The Algiers Motel incident is the subject of a play by Detroit native Mercilee Jenkins: "<a href="">Spirit of Detroit,"</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">a play about the '67 &nbsp;riot/rebellion.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span></p><p>It will soon be presented at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Bob Smith of the Museum, and the director of the play, Kate Mendeloff, who is a theatre professor and director from the University of Michigan Residential College, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:34:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 16600 at New play examines infamous Algiers incident from Detroit riots Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 <p>We've almost all done it – you might have even done it just today: Made a purchase online.<br /><br />But have you ever wondered why you have to pay sales tax on online purchases from some retailers like Target, but not others, like Amazon? There's new legislation in Lansing that might change that. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, close your eyes. Now, picture a farmer. What comes to mind? You probably pictured a man, but more women are raising crops now in Michigan. We took a look at what's behind the rise in female farmers.</p><p>And, it was the most infamous event of one of the most painful and divisive times in Michigan's history. A new play at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History explores the Algiers incident which occurred during the Detroit riots.&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's been five days since emergency manager Kevyn Orr released the bankruptcy reorganization blueprint, which maps out a way to wipe out billions in debt, spend over half a billion in tearing down abandoned buildings and invest $1 billion to improve city services.</span></p><p>Now that all stakeholders have had a chance to digest the blueprint, the battle lines are being drawn.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley joined us today to give us a look ahead.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16603 at Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 Remembering important anniversaries in Detroit's history and their lessons <p>Today and tomorrow are anniversaries of two of the most important events in Detroit’s history, events almost never mentioned in the same breath.</p><p>Tomorrow it will be exactly three hundred and twelve years since a hundred Frenchmen scrambled up the riverbank, started cutting down trees, and establishing a fort they called Pontchartrain du Detroit.</p><p>There was an immense celebration of that anniversary a dozen years ago, a celebration virtually forgotten today. Nobody celebrates today’s anniversary, though we grimly discuss it.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:53:37 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13642 at Remembering important anniversaries in Detroit's history and their lessons Detroit riots: Forty-five years later <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">This week marks an important anniversary that is being virtually ignored. We paid attention five years ago, and will again five years from now. We prefer round numbers.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">But given what&rsquo;s happening today, it makes sense to note that it&rsquo;s been exactly 45 years since the legendary riot that devastated Detroit for four days during another hot summer.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">The causes of the riot have been endlessly debated. Who was most responsible is still in dispute. But the effects are plain. It wouldn&rsquo;t be too much to say that what happened in 1967 killed Detroit, slowly but certainly.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">The burned-down buildings were cleared away. The 43 dead were buried, and money came from Washington and the private sector to try to make things better.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">But it all failed. The riot put the pedal to the metal on a flood of white flight that had already begun. Detroit was still more than 60 percent white when the riot began.</font></font> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8410 at Detroit riots: Forty-five years later One of Detroit's defining moments, 45 years later <p>Forty-five years ago this week,<a href=""> Detroit erupted into five days of racial violence </a>that left 43 people dead, more than 450 injured, and thousands of buildings burned and looted.</p><p>Many people are still trying to get a handle on what that event really signified&mdash;and what to call it.</p><p>Dan Krichbaum clearly remembers the scene from 1967 as he drove from Ann Arbor to southwest Detroit, where he headed a small Methodist congregation.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:16:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8408 at One of Detroit's defining moments, 45 years later 1967 Detroit unrest remembered <p>The 1967 Detroit riot was five days of chaos, sparked by a small incident, but driven by a deeper unrest among black Detroiters, mistreated for years by the city&#39;s whites. Michigan Radio&#39;s Dustin Dwyer produced an account of what happened those five days from three people who lived it first-hand.</p><p> Sun, 19 Aug 2007 19:18:05 +0000 Ashes to Hope 2576 at Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots <p>In the summer of 1967 chaos broke out in the streets of Detroit. After five days of violence 43 were dead, thousands were injured and over 4000 people had been arrested.</p><p>This summer &ndash; forty years later &ndash; Michigan Radio takes an in-depth look at the deadliest riot of the 1960&#39;s. Why did the riots begin? What fueled them? And, have we ever really recovered?</p><p>Our documentary, &quot;<b>Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots</b>&quot; explores how the riots affected people, neighborhoods and even music. It explores questions such as: Whether it was truly a riot? Or, a rebellion? Is the &quot;white-flight&quot; that we see today in Detroit a consequence of the riots? Did the riots cripple the relationship between the state of Michigan and Detroit?</p><p>We also hear from Michigan Radio reporters as well as first-hand accounts of what it was like to be in Detroit during the riot.</p><p><em>Listen to the Documentary here:</em></p><p> Sun, 19 Aug 2007 17:57:51 +0000 Ashes to Hope 2573 at Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots