Join WDET in reading the text that shaped our country.
This summer, WDET invites the Detroit region to examine and discuss the text that impacts every resident of the United States: The Constitution. At a time when the political divide seems like an insurmountable gulf and facts are up for debate, WDET aims to deliver on our commitment to community service by increasing understanding of the U.S. Constitution, its origins and intent, and its relevance today.
Every summer, WDET engages the community in reading and creating a dialogue around a book, including Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man,” Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha’s “What The Eyes Don’t See,” and Matthew Desmond’s “Evicted.”
While not technically a book, WDET will dedicate resources to helping our community better understand the Constitution and the context in which they were drafted and subsequently interpreted. The program will run from the Fourth of July through Constitution Day (September 17). Detroit Today, hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson, will bring on legal experts and historians to help unpack the meaning of these important documents. Our award-winning news team will provide insight into how contemporary issues, including redistricting, Charter revisions, and more, are rooted in the Constitution. Even our music programs are getting in on the action with playlists dedicated to the Constitution.
We invite you to read along, engage in civil conversations with your community, deepen your understanding of the documents that have served as a foundation for our country and consider what the future of our democracy holds.
This project made possible with support from:
Mary Ann and Carl Fontana
Laura M. Segal
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