charles h. wright museum of african american history http://michiganradio.org en New play examines infamous Algiers incident from Detroit riots http://michiganradio.org/post/new-play-examines-infamous-algiers-incident-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="http://thewright.org/upcoming-events/details/988-qspirit-of-detroitq-theatrical-production">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 http://michiganradio.org New play examines infamous Algiers incident from Detroit riots Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-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 http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 'From the streets of Detroit,' a warm welcome for President Obama's second term http://michiganradio.org/post/streets-detroit-warm-welcome-president-obamas-second-term <p>Events in Washington Monday honored President Obama’s inauguration, and the Martin Luther King Day holiday.</p><p>The two events also meshed at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where a&nbsp;few dozen people came to the Wright Museum to watch a live broadcast of President Obama’s second inauguration.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:52:23 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10879 at http://michiganradio.org 'From the streets of Detroit,' a warm welcome for President Obama's second term