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5/20/18: Ford Freedom Award / "The Booster"

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The Ford Freedom Award celebrates its 20th year with the theme, "Black Girl Magic." We'll find out more about this annual event that recognizes the achievements and contributions of African Americans and raises money for the Charles H. Wright Museum. Episode 4826.

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5/13/18: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses / Twisted Storytellers Podcast

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A national education program is helping small business owners in the Detroit area grow their companies and create jobs in the community. We'll talk about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Episode 4625.

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5/6/18: Flint Water Crisis / National Small Business Week

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver sits down with Stephen to talk about her city's ongoing water crisis, four years after the city's water source was switched to the Flint River, resulting in lead-tainted drinking water. Episode 4624.

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4/29/18: American Black Journal 50th Anniversary

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Four of the show's former hosts sit down to reminisce about their experiences on the program, the issues and topics they covered, and the importance of giving a voice to the African American community following the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. Episode 4623.

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4/22/18: Racial Attacks / National Donate Life & Minority Health Month

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Stephen sits down with the president of the Detroit NAACP, Rev. Wendell Anthony, to talk about the recent events involving racial profiling and attacks on Black men, including the arrests of two men at a Starbucks store and a local teen who was shot at by a homeowner after knocking on his door to get directions. Episode 4622.

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4/15/18: Bookstock 2018 / The Milestones Agency

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If it's April, it must be time for the annual Bookstock event that raises money for literacy and education projects in metro Detroit. We'll get details on this year's sale featuring over 300,000 donated books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, audiobooks and vinyl records. Episode 4621.

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American Black Journal | The Plot To Kill King, Cass Tech Scholarships

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American Black Journal delves into the decades long belief by some that Dr. King's assassination was the result of a government plot. And a Detroit entrepreneur gives back to his alma mater Cass Technical High School by awarding scholarships.

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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.jpgStephen Henderson is the current host of American Black Journal, WDET's Detroit Today and former Pulitzer Prize-winning 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 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.” In 2014, Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Follow him on Twitter: @SHDetroit.

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

American Black Journal is a part of

One Detroit - Detroit Public TV


American Black Journal is Funded by

DTE Energy Foundation


Ford Motor Company Fund





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