'67 Rebellion Series

Detroit Jews for Justice is hosting a summer event series to recollect, interrogate and contextualize the 1967 civil uprising, in partnership with Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. Participants will come away from the events with a more nuanced understanding of the summer of '67 and how its legacy impacts our relationships to Detroit today. 

JUNE 11th: Defending Freedom Roving Symposium

 The Defending Freedom Roving Symposium will explore anti-Semitism, anti-unionism, and civil rights issues dating from the 1940s through the 1960s. Sites visited on the tour will highlight both the organizations that had promoted and those that responded to the anti-Semitism prior to and during this era.  Our goal is to improve our understanding how the civil rights issues of the era affected the local Jewish community and how we joined with our allies to respond. Thematically, the Roving Symposium will seek to create an understanding of how our Jewish community not only protected and defended ourselves from hate but took a stand on behalf of other targets and victims of bigotry and exploitation as part of our ethical obligations as a Jewish people. Click here for more details and info on how to buy tickets. Funded, in part, by the Ravitz Foundation.

JUNE 21st: Internal Combustion Film Screening

Hosted by Repair the World, Detroit Jews for Justice, James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, and the Well

Steve Faigenbaum's Internal Combustion ropes in the importance of storytelling in the 1967 Rebellion. Location and RSVP information TBD. Join us to watch the film and begin to explore the following questions:

  • How do we create caringsustainable, and interconnected Metro Detroit communities that respect the dignity of all? 
  • How do we learn our histories surrounding the 1967 Rebellion while going beyond shame, blame, and guilt?
  • How do we acknowledge how we fit in the systemic racial and economic injustice that catalyzed the 1967 Rebellion while creating healthy and empowering community conversation that heals and leads us to act with accountability?

JUNE 28th: Community Dialogue at Repair the World Workshop

Join us for an evening of intergenerational dialogue, personal narrative monologue, and a walk through history as we partner with the Boggs CenterRepair the World, and The Well to host a discussion on Wednesday, June 28th from 6:30 - 9 at the Repair the World Workshop at 2701 Bagley Ave.

JULY 2nd: '67 Rebellion Bus Tour

Join DJJ us for a day with Black Scroll Network History & Tours educator/historian and ASALH Detroit president, Jamon Jordan, on a bus tour that will take you through the history that led to the 1967 Rebellion (sometimes referred to as the 1967 Riot), the most significant sites during the 1967 Rebellion, and a discussion on the legacy of 1967 and how that history affects the present day reality in Detroit. Click here for more details and to buy your ticket today.

Date TBD: Metropolitan Jews Book Talk

Join us for a discussion of Lila Corwin Berman's 2015 book, Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit. In this provocative and accessible urban history, Berman considers the role that Detroit’s Jews played in the city’s well-known narrative of migration and decline. 

'67 Haggadah Supplement

DJJ leaders Jake Ehrlich and Zak Rosen developed a Passover Torah supplement inspired by the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, with art by Julia Loman. Click here to sign up for a download of the supplement.

In the Community

Further, we encourage you to explore the numerous 1967-related offerings from organizations and groups throughout the city. Check out this comprehensive calendar of community events compiled by the Detroit Historical Society.

We look forward to learning and growing with you throughout the summer and beyond!

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Want to be a part of planning the series? Reach out to Valeriya at valeriya@detroitjewsforjustice.org


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