Get Cultured! Detroit 67 Looking Back to Move Forward


In July, Detroit will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 67 Rebellion which changed the trajectory of the city forever. As the city is in the midst of a renaissance that is beginning to spread beyond Downtown to neighborhoods, the Detroit Historical Society in partnership with a network of community partners created one of the most powerful exhibits exploring our city’s past to help guide it toward the future. The groundbreaking exhibition, Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward challenges attendee’s perception of what occurred during the summer of 1967 and its impact on the city by engaging the diverse voices of residents who experienced it, archival media footage and more.

The exhibit which opened on Saturday, June 24, is the result of over two years of transformative work led by the Society. Joseph L. Hudson Jr. founder of New Detroit understands the importance of acknowledging and gaining a deeper understanding of these events. “There is little argument that no single event has had a more significant impact on our city and region than what occurred during July of 1967,” Hudson said. “The upcoming 50-year commemoration and the Detroit 1967 Project provides a unique and much needed opportunity for people to fully understand what happened and communicate on a topic that’s often not easy to talk about,” said Hudson.

The Detroit 67 Project and its centerpiece, the Detroit 67 Exhibition, covers a period of 150 years.  It looks back 100 years – from 1917 to today and forward 50 years to 2067, using the community’s collective history to inform and define Detroit’s future. Those who engage with Detroit 67 will be able to better understand the events leading up to July, 1967, where Detroit is today, and connect to efforts that are moving the City forward.

Built on a set of three principals: engage, reflect and act, the Detroit 67 project’s engagement efforts led by Kalisha Davis, Director of Community Engagement has activated a broad base of community stakeholders from youth, non-profit, local business and government leaders. The result has been an exhibit that has expanded to other cultural institution partners such as the Charles H. Wright Museum, the Arab American Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts who will host specially curated events supporting Detroit 67 over the next year.

The Detroit 67 Exhibition is currently open at the Detroit Historical Society Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties, entrance to the museum is free. For more information on the exhibition or the Detroit Historical Museum please visit www.detroithistorical.org or call 313.833.1805.