Friday, July 21, 2017

"12th and Clairmount" Makes its Television Debut on the 50th Anniversary of the '67 Riots

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 riots in Detroit. This monumental event shaped and changed the City of Detroit. Still, as important as the riots were to our history, many Detroiters and Metro Detroiters that didn't live through that time, don't know much about the events that took place.

This Sunday, July 23rd is exactly 50 years since the beginning of the '67 riots. They would then continue for five days, filled with fights, fires, and overall civil unrest. This Sunday you can recognize this important day in history and learn from it by sitting in front of your TV screen. WXYZ, Channel 7 will be hosting the television premiere of a documentary entitled 12th and Clairmount. The film debuted at this year's Freep Film Festival and tells the story of the events that happened back in the summer of '67 through the people that lived it. It features accounts from a variety of people mixed with photos and home movies from the time. The film has been shown several times at local theatres and film festivals throughout the year, with most of those screenings completely selling out. This is the first time that you can watch the film from the comfort of your own home and we encourage you to do so. This was a very important time in Detroit's history and we all should take the time to learn more about it and reflect on where we were as a City and where we are now.

12th and Clairmount will air this Sunday, July 23rd at 7 p.m. on WXYZ Channel 7. After the film, the news station will broadcast live from a town hall meeting where current Detroiters will talk about their city. For more information on the town hall or the television premiere of 12th and Clairmount, click here. For more information on the film itself, visit the Facebook page here.


1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to the documentary. It was a tense time for the city and a growing pre-teen, it was a scary period in history.