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8/30/15: Detroit Jazz Festival

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The world’s largest free jazz festival takes over Hart Plaza and Campus Martius over the Labor Day weekend. We devote our entire program to this year’s Detroit Jazz Festival, discussing the world-class lineup and the impact the Festival has on Detroit’s economy. Plus, we’re treated to an in-studio performance to honor the late Marcus Belgrave. Episode 4339.

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8/23/15: President Obama's 'My Brothers Keeper' / Remembering Julian Bond

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President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative is working to knock down the barriers to success for boys and young men of color.  Plus, remember civil rights leader Julian Bond.

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8/16/15: Voting Rights Act 50th Anniversary / Chene Park 30th Anniversary

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Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act, the struggle continues to make sure all African-Americans and Latinos have the right to vote. We talk about the new laws that are restricting access to the polls. Plus, it’s the entertainment venue that changed Detroit’s riverfront and was the vision of Mayor Coleman Young. We take a look at Chene Park, 30 years later. Episode 4337.

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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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