StoryCorps Detroit Podcast: What the Kids Are Saying About 1967

In this episode of StoryCorps Detroit, we look at the violence and looting that occurred in July 1967 through the eyes of youth. We hear from a group of students who researched what happened and then took a field trip to relevant sites in the city. Plus, two people who witnessed the event share what they saw back when they were adolescents.

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Trevelle Crosby, 13, is one of the students at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School who studied what happened in 1967.


Clarice Rodgers and her son Curtis Rodgers. Curtis was 14 years old when he witnessed looting on July 23, 1967.

Students at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School in Detroit explain what they learned about the historic violence and its aftermath. Curtis Rodgers, Jr., now 64, tells his 82-year-old mother Clarice Rodgers about the looting he witnessed on July 23rd back when he was 14. Marsha Music recalls what happened to her father’s record store, located on 12th Street, when she was 13 years old.

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Editor’s Note: The podcast episode says that Marsha Music was 12 years old on July 23, 1967 when in fact she was 13.


Image credit: WDET/Laura Herberg

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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.



This post is a part of Detroit '67: A Reflection.

WDET is reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riots with stories and photos from people in the community who lived through this historic event.

About the Author

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Through sound-rich storytelling, Herberg covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region and the issues that affect them. Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter 2018 and 2017.

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Reporter & Producer

Native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.   Follow @raiyn

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