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11/22/15: College Campus Racism Protests / Black Friday “Black Out On The Avenue”

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College students are protesting racism on campuses across the country, following the incidents at the University of Missouri. We’ll hear from the University of Michigan about its plan to get in front of the issue and address diversity and racial equity on campus. Plus, a local event that encourages shoppers to support black businesses in Detroit on Black Friday. Episode 4408.

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11/15/15: A Conversation with Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones

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An in-depth conversation with Detroit’s new Fire Commissioner Eric Jones. We talk with him about what he sees as the most urgent needs for firefighters and emergency medical technicians, and get his thoughts on how to improve the Department. Episode 4407.

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11/8/15: “Say & Play With Words” Initiative / Detroit PAL Programs

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Detroit foundations are investing in a new program to increase the vocabulary and literacy skills in two Detroit neighborhoods. Plus, the Detroit Police Athletic League launches new programs that pair officers with inner-city kids on the baseball field and in the field of photography. Episode 4406.

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About The Show

American Black Journal is a window into American history. For more than 40 years, American Black Journal has been a vibrant and provocative forum for newsmakers, celebrities and everyday people. Currently hosted by Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page Editor of the Detroit Free Press. The show features topics about arts and culture, and community issues such as politics, race, and religion.

Read more about the history of Detroit Public TV's American Black Journal.

The Host

StephenHenderson.jpg Stephen Henderson is the host of American Black Journal and editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press. A Detroit native, Henderson is a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Michigan. He has worked previously as a reporter, editorial writer and editor at the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, and the Knight Ridder Washington bureau, where he covered the U.S. Supreme Court from 2003-2007. Henderson's work has been honored with more than a dozen national awards, including for work that is published in the book, "Best Newspaper Writing 2001." Henderson is a frequent contributor to Flashpoint on WDIV and was the subject of PBS's Expose: America's Investigative Reports about the world of death penalty defense. In 2014, Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary for his analysis of Detroit's financial collapse. 

The Producer

American Black Journal is produced by Daphne Hughes. Hughes is a former News Manager and Producer/Writer at WDIV-TV and Senior Communications Specialist at Mort Crim Communications, Inc. She has produced several television programs, including a half-hour Detroit Public Television show focusing on The Skillman Foundation's "Good Schools in Detroit" initiative and a 13-part series on the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, which aired on WDIV.

Program Schedule

Watch American Black JournalSundays at 9:30 a.m.
Repeats air Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Broadcast Information

56.1 DPTV-HD

Sundays 9:30 a.m. ET
Wednesdays 7:30 p.m. ET

56.2 DPTV WORLD Channel

Saturdays 5:30 p.m. ET
Sundays 6:30 p.m. ET

WDET - 101.9 FM

Fridays 7:30 p.m. ET

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