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American Black Journal Community Conversation April 26

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Join Stephen Henderson for a live in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding the southwest Detroit community April 26 at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation.

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Motown the Musical / Human Trafficking

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Legendary Motown founder Berry Gordy returns to Detroit for "Motown The Musical," the stage production about his storied life. Episode 4528.

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4/16/17: The Intersection / Bookstock 2017

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A year-long media project looking at the social and economic conditions that sparked the 1967 Detroit uprising is released as a book. Episode 4527.

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4/9/17: Research on Cancer Survivors / Small Business Workshop

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On the next American Black Journal, Detroit is front and center in an unprecedented national study on African American cancer survivors. We'll talk with the lead researchers about what they hope to learn. Episode 4526.

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4/2/17: Detroit Public Schools Community District / Mass Incarceration

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On the next American Black Journal, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather is here to talk about the DPSCD programs and initiatives that took place during her tenure. Episode 4525.

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3/26/17: 100 Years of Progress? / Grants for Detroit Community Leaders

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We get details on a groundbreaking new project that will trace the progress of African Americans in Michigan from 1915 to the present. Episode 4524.

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3/19/17: Detroit School Closings / Economic Development in Detroit

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A local organization focuses on empowering residents to become self-reliant problem solvers who build up their own communities. Episode 4523.

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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.

Join us for an American Black Journal Community Conversation April 26

Broadcast Information

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

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


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