American Black Journal Clip | The Media

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In 1968, the Kerner Commission report on Civil Unrest in America looked specifically at Detroit, pointing out the lack of African Americans working in the news media.

In Detroit there were some black journalists, mostly with radio stations and newspapers serving African Americans.

At the time of the 1967 uprising, in the mainstream press, the Detroit Free Press had two and the Detroit News had one. There was only one African American television reporter.

What has happened since? Detroit Public Television’s American Black Journal takes a look back over the past half century as it marks its 50th year on the air.

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Produced by: Bill Kubota
Reported by: Will Glover
Edited by: Chris Jordan

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Detroit Historical Society
Prelinger Archives
Lavonia Perryman
Deborah Ray-Sims

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