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Flash Point: Detroit 1967 opens July 23 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center

– Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:00AM

Photographs, historical quotes and presentations reflect on that tumultuous summer

The Lorenzo Cultural Center will present the exhibit Flash Point: Detroit 1967 July 23 through Sept. 30.  The exhibit is comprised of photographs and poignant quotes from period documents and reports, and is accompanied by a series of presentations.  Flash Point is in partnership with the Detroit Historical Society’s D67 Project, which is encouraging the 50-year commemoration of the 67 uprising be a catalyst to engage, reflect and provide opportunities to take the collective action that can help move the Detroit region forward.

The exhibit’s photographs were collected from a variety of sources including the Detroit Historical Society, Walter P. Reuther Library and a private collector. The documents quoted include the Kerner Commission report, press conferences and media coverage.

Presentations accompanying the exhibit are:

  • Summer ’67: Finding the Lost, film presentation, Thursday, Sept. 7, 12 p.m.
    The Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bruce Harper, Big City Films, will present and lead the discussion of Summer ’67: Finding the Lost which examines the 43 lives cut short during the uprising.
  • The Events Leading to D67, Saturday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m.
    Jamon Jordan, Black Scroll Network, discusses the events that lead to the 1967 uprising and the climate of the city.
  • Hurt, Baby, Hurt, book discussion, Monday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.
    Macomb Community College librarians will lead a discussion of the book Hurt, Baby, Hurt, an eyewitness account by a participant in the 1967 uprising.
  • Detroit 1967 at the Reuther, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.
    Meghan Courtney, Reuther Library, will discuss the library’s commitment to documenting Detroit’s history with a focus on their new exhibit, 12th Street, Detroit 1967.
  • Media Coverage of the Detroit 1967 Uprising, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m.
    Casandra Ulbrich, Macomb Community College, will explore the local coverage during and after the events of the summer of 1967.
  • D67: Looking Back to Move Forward, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.
    Kalisha Davis, Detroit Historical Society, shares the evolution of its D67 Project.
  • Detroit ’67, The Theatrical Perspective, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
    The cast of the upcoming Stagecrafters Community Theater production of Detroit’67 will perform excerpts from the play.
  • Real to Reel: All the Way, film presentation, Friday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m.
    Macomb Community College history professor Elton Weintz screens the 2016 HBO film which goes behind the scenes of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year in office. A discussion will follow the film presentation.

The Flash Point exhibit and accompanying presentations are open to the public at no charge, but preregistration is required for presentations by calling 586.445.7348 or by emailing culturalcenter@macomb.edu.  No registration is required to view the exhibit, which is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., from July 23 to Sept. 1, and Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Sept. 5 through Sept. 30. The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus in Clinton Township at Hall and Garfield roads.

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center (www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com) provides interactive learning opportunities for all ages, extending student discovery beyond classroom walls and creating multi-faceted experiences for community members to explore the influences and experiences that shape our community’s heritage.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271, patricks28@macomb.edu