WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has announced that they have partnered with the Detroit Historical Society on the exhibit, “Detroit 67: Perspectives,” a ground-breaking exhibition that explores 50 years of the region’s social, cultural, economic and political climate leading up the civil uprising in the summer of 1967.
The exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum examines Detroit’s history over the past 50 years, focusing on the individuals and organizations dedicated to tackling the challenges that still exist today and embracing the opportunities for progress. “Detroit 67: Perspectives,” is part of a comprehensive community-wide effort that reflects on the past, engages in the present and works to create a shared vision for the future.
Incorporated in the exhibit are three WXYZ videos. One video depicts life in Detroit in the summer of 1967 and is included in a living room display that gives museum goers a chance to experience the civil unrest in July of 1967 through television reports from those days. A second video explores the events that shaped Detroit in the years after the 1967 rebellion.
A third video is embedded in the final phase of the exhibit that focuses on moving the region forward. The WXYZ Detroit 2020 video is presented by 7 Action News Anchor Carolyn Clifford, a native Detroiter. It includes outreach opportunities available to Metro Detroiters and encourages people to get involved in the effort to improve the region.
“We have an opportunity and an obligation to be a catalyst for positive change as we help move our region forward,” said Mike Murri, Vice-President and General Manager of WXYZ and WMYD. “We hope through this partnership, we can work to unify our region and inspire people to take action to keep our community strong and vibrant.”
“The Detroit Historical Society is pleased to partner with WXYZ to help our community look back to move forward,” said Bob Bury, Executive Director of the Detroit Historical Society. “Our partnership provided key historical coverage from 1967 that is part of our groundbreaking exhibit and WXYZ’s commitment to looking forward has helped Detroit 67 take this experience outside the museum walls and into the community as a catalyst for change.”
The exhibit is the centerpiece of “Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward,” a five-year project engaging hundreds of thought leaders, scholars, community partners, businesses, the nonprofit and policy community, and residents of all backgrounds and perspectives.
The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward and is open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
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