Seven ways to commemorate the 1967 rebellion this month

Through The Fire: 1967 Rebellion Bus Tour

Detroit Historical Museum • 9 a.m.-noon July 16

This three-hour tour led by Jamon Jordan of the Black Scroll Network History & Tours visits significant sites related to the rebellion and addresses questions surrounding why and how the rebellion happened – and the results. $30/museum members, $40/guests.

AFTER/LIFE: In Honor of the City Rising from the Ashes

Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center • July 20-22 and 27-29

Telling the untold story of the women and girls who took part in the ’67 rebellion, this community play was developed through a Michigan State University course lead where students researched historic events. Free and open to the public.


Gordon Park Commemorative Events 

Gordon Park • July 21-23

Families are welcomed to Gordon Park, the site where the rebellion began, to engage in fun activities including a petting zoo, plays and storytelling, film screenings and a community art project. Find the weekend schedule online. Free.

Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement

Detroit Institute of Arts • July 23-Oct. 22

Through 34 paintings, sculptures and photographs from mostly black artists of the ’60s and ’70s, this exhibition addresses the social and political issues surrounding the civil rights movement and present day. Free with museum admission.

Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History • July 23-Jan. 2

Comparing the ’67 rebellion with other uprisings in history, this exhibit spans from outside the museum to the inside, featuring works by 40 national artists illustrating the tragedy and transformation that resulted from rebellion. Free with museum admission.

1967 Detroit Home Movies Marathon

Detroit Film Theatre • 1-10 p.m. July 29

A nine-hour public screening of various loaned and found 8 mm home movies depicting life in 1967 Detroit. Free.

Detroit 67 Media Coverage: Then and Now

Detroit Historical Museum • 10 a.m.-noon July 29

Join a panel of journalists and community leaders as they discuss the media’s role in and coverage of the rebellion, specifically looking at the Kerner Commission’s media findings and recommendations following a post-rebellion study. Free and open to the public.

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