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For Immediate Release
July 26, 2016

CONTACT: Della Cassia


American Black Journal on the Road: Racial Attitudes

Special LIVE Edition from Focus:HOPE

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

DETROIT (July 27, 2016)- In light of the recent tragedies in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas in On July 27, 2016 from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Stephen Henderson, American Black Journal host and editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press will lead a frank conversation on racial attitudes with advocates and community leaders live from Focus: HOPE starting at 7:30 p.m. The conversation will continue online following the live broadcast until 8:30 p.m. at

The show will explore hot button topics such as White Privilege, Police & Community Relations, and systemic issues exacerbated by racial attitudes that we all carry but may not readily recognize. Confirmed guests include:

  • Agustin Arbulu: Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • William Jones: CEO, Focus: HOPE
  • Dr. Jay Marks: Oakland Schools Student Engagement Consultant—Social Justice/Diversity
  • Kurt Metzger: Principal at Kurt R. Metzger & Associates and formerly of Data Driven Detroit
  • Kimberly Papillon: National lecturer and consultant on medical, legal and judicial decision-making
  • Shirley Stancato: President & CEO, New Detroit

Henderson will also unveil results from a new Knight Foundation-funded survey about race relations in Detroit and Michigan. This special live ABJ Roadshow is part of the ongoing coverage by the Detroit Journalism Cooperative called The Intersection; it is made possible with support from the Kellogg Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Knight Foundation and Renaissance Journalism. For more information, visit

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