Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

November 15 & 22 at 8pm ET

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

In his new four-hour series, BLACK AMERICA SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.

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On TuesdayNovember 1st the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History hosted a panel discussion for Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise.

The film, airing Nov. 15th & 22nd on Detroit Public Television, looks at the last five decades of African American history through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years. Drawing on eyewitness accounts, scholarly analysis, and rare archival footage, the series illuminates our recent past while raising urgent questions about the future of the African American community--and our nation as a whole. 

This film is especially timely for Detroit, as the city marks the 50th anniversary of 1967 and explores the aftermath of those watershed events. This panel of diverse voices will explore what’s happened in Detroit since Martin Luther King, Jr. and where the city stands today in its rebirth.

Panelists included: 

  • Dr. Agustin Arbulu, Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Peter Hammer, Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights; Professor of Law, WSU
  • Dr. Melvin T. Peters, Associate Professor, Dept. of African American Studies at Eastern MI University
  • Honorable Adam Shakoor
  • Shirley Stancato, President & CEO, New Detroit, Inc.
  • Marlowe Stoudamire, Detroit Historical Society - Moderator
  • Kim Trent, Wayne State University Board of Governors
  • Tarence Wheeler, Director of Parent Engagement & Community Outreach, River Rouge School District

Special welcome from Tiffany Douglas, Senior Vice President, Michigan Market Manager, Bank of America

Major corporate support for the national film is provided in part by Bank of America.

Watch the Panel Discussion

Watch clips of the panel discussion. Click the navigation in the upper left corner to view full list.



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