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2/15/13: Delta Centennial/Rosa Parks

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Host Stephen Henderson is joined by Dr. Beverly Gray and Kim Trent of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Episode 4149.

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2/10/13: Rare Photo Exhibit / Sphinx Organization

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We discuss a unique photo exhibition on the University of Michigan campus and, the Sphinx organization gets ready for its annual competition for talented young black and latino classical string musicians. Episode 4148.

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1/27/13: Behind the Crime Statistics

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We’ll take an in-depth look at the facts behind last year’s homicides in Detroit. Episode 4147.

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1/20/13: Auto Diversity / Digital Divide

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How much progress has America made when it comes to diversity in the automotive industry? Plus, a local organization sets out to bridge the digital divide in Detroit. Episode 4146. 

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1/13/13: Detroit Works Project

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Stephen and guests discuss the Detroit Works Project, which is providing a new blueprint for the future of Detroit. Episode 4145. 

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1/6/13: Detroit Public Schools

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What will it take to finally make DPS a world-class school system?  Detroit's superintendent, school board president and emergency financial manager will be here today to discuss, on American Black Journal. Episode 4144.

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12/12/12: 2012 Year End Review

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Stephen Henderson reviews 2012 with guests. Episode 4143.

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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

56.4 DPTV WORLD Channel

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


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