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7/19/15: Detroit 1967 Project / Franklin-Wright Settlements, Inc.

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As we approach the 48th anniversary of the Detroit Riots, we look ahead to the massive community engagement project that’s being planned for the 50th anniversary in 2017. The head of the Detroit Historical Society joins us with the details. Plus, we learn about two local organizations that are preparing Detroit youth for successful futures. Episode 4333.

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5/17/15: Reading Works / Ford Freedom Awards and Wright Museum

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This time on American Black Journal, Stephen talks with Kristen-Barnes Holiday, Amy Amador and Barbara Willis about an organization called “Reading Works”, which, in conjunction with other organizations, is working to lessen adult illiteracy in Metro Detroit.  He also talks with Juanita Moore about the Ford Freedom Awards celebrating past and present African American Entrepreneurs.  Episode 4326.

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4/19/15: President Lincoln’s Legacy / Emancipation Proclamation

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We discuss the man behind the legacy, his strengths and weaknesses, and the significant role he had in this nation’s history. Plus, a look back at the historic Emancipation Proclamation that freed millions of slaves. Episode 4322.

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2/22/15: George Shirley Firsts / Black and Arab Women’s Dialogue

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We conclude our month-long salute to African-American history in Detroit by talking with George Shirley, a man who has achieved many firsts in the field of music and broken down racial barriers in opera music. Also, black and Arab women are coming together for a frank dialogue about stereotypes and cultural barriers. Plus, Kim Trent joins us for important moments in Detroit’s black history. E 4318

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February 15, 2015: First Black Female Judge on Wayne County Circuit Court / Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

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We talk with the first African-American female judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court about her history-making election to the court. Kim Trent shares important moments in Detroit’s black history. Plus, LaNesha DeBardelaben, Paul A. Rogers, and Thornetta Davis join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. Episode 4317.

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February 8, 2015: Stallworth Legacy / WGPR-TV62

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Dr. Alma Stallworth, the first and only black woman to serve as chair of the powerful Public Utilities Committee, joins us to discuss her new memoir.  On September 29, 1075, WGPR-TV began broadcasting from a building on East Jefferson, becoming the first black-owned television station in the country. Plus, On This Day Detroit spotlights more important moments in Detroit’s black history. Ep 4316

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January 18, 2015: National March for Justice / Heart Disease and African-American Women

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Thousands converged on the nation’s capitol last month to march for justice and human rights, in light of the killings of unarmed black males. Our guest is a Detroiter who made the trip, and he shares his experiences. Plus, we have some life-saving information for African-American women, and a brand new segment of On This Day Detroit. Episode 4313.

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10/12/14: Death of a King: A Conversation with Tavis Smiley

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Television and radio host, Tavis Smiley, joins us to discuss his new book, “Death of a King.” Episode 4303.

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10/5/14: The HistoryMakers / Journey to Success Program

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We meet three Detroiters who are being celebrated as African-American HistoryMakers. Plus, a local organization helps youth succeed in schools and in their chosen careers. Also, Ken Coleman presents a new segment of “On This Day Detroit.” Epiosde 4302.

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9/14/14: Mental Health & the Black Community / Detroit Rescue Mission

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We discuss mental illness; the Detroit Rescue Mission celebrates a major milestone; and Ken Coleman shares Detroit black history. Episode 4238.

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7/13/14: National Underground Railroad Conference / Bridging Lost Gaps

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The National Underground Railroad Conference comes to Detroit for the first time; young Detroiter inspires other black males to get a college education; Ken Coleman shares this week's black history moments.

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7/6/14: 1964 Freedom Summer / ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day

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We talk with two local men who took participated in the historic 1964 Freedom Summer Project; thousands of Detroiters prepare to show their community pride; and Ken Coleman looks back at some important black history moments.

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5/25/14: Brown vs. Board of Education / "Belle"

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We discuss equal educational opportunities for blacks with Detroit NAACP President, Rev. Wendell Anthony. Plus, we discuss the groundbreaking movie, "Belle." Episode 4227.

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5/18/14: Ford Freedom Award / African Liberation Day

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Two big events are coming up this week in Detroit to celebrate African American achievement and the African experience. This week on American Black Journal we will tell you about the extraordinary heroes receiving this year's Ford Freedom Award. Plus, we'll hear about the local activities planned for African Liberation Day.

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3/23/14: Crusader for Justice: A Conversation with Judge Damon Keith

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An in-depth conversation with the renowned federal judge who has delivered landmark rulings on civil rights. Episode 4218.

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