New series highlights the importance of African-American led institutions

WDET and DPTV are collaborating to host a free public townhall ahead of the new series, ‘Making Black America.’

Full page with group photograph and caption, showing the membership of the "Alpha chapter" of Kappa Alpha Psi, at Indiana University Bloomington, in 1914. Printed on page 10 of the April 1914 issue of the Kappa Alpha Nu Journal.

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Beginning October 4 on Detroit Public Television, a new series will highlight stories of African Americans in a way that goes beyond a lens that distorts and mischaracterizes the community. Making Black America, hosted by history professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., seeks to demonstrate the vast social networks and organizations created by and for Black people throughout American history.

As part of the Making Black America series, WDET has teamed up with DPTV to host a town hall on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. The event will occur in Wayne State’s Community Arts Auditorium and will focus on the history and future of Black fraternities and sororities, as well as their connection to Detroit.

Admission is free, though guests must register in advance via this link.

“I think this series is very important to share a perspective for other people to understand the trials and tribulations, and successes, that African Americans have had over the years.” — Mark S. Lee, event host.


Listen: Panel moderator discusses the history and future of Black fraternities and sororities in Detroit.

 


Guest:

Mark S. Lee is the founder and CEO of The LEE Group, a marketing firm. He will be moderating a panel discussion at Wayne State about HBCUs, and the importance of African-American fraternities and sororities in American life. He says it is important that these stories are told by members of the community to ensure that the stories are told accurately.

“I think this series is very important to share a perspective for other people to understand the trials and tribulations, and successes, that African Americans have had over the years,” says Lee.

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