The Intersection: An Introduction

Nearly 50 years after a police raid at 12th and Clairmount streets ignited violence and carnage, the Detroit Journalism Cooperative is exploring whether the conditions that produced the civil unrest in July 1967 have improved for Detroit residents.

Photo courtesy of Bill McGraw.

Bridge Magazine’s Bill McGraw joins Detroit Today Host Sandra Svoboda to introduce the project and talk about the findings of the Kerner Commission, the panel empowered by President Lyndon Johnson to examine the causes of riots/rebellions across the United States. McGraw says even nearly 50 years after the commission issued its report, the findings remain relevant to explain causes of inequality in American society.

Click on the audio link above to hear the full conversation.




Image credit: The Detroit Journalism Cooperative

This post is a part of Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The DJC is a partnership of six media outlets focused on telling critical stories of Detroit and creating engagement opportunities on-air, online and in the community. View the partners work at

Support for this project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.



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