PHOTOGRAPHER: TONY SPINA
TONY SPINA COLLECTION, WALTER P. REUTHER LIBRARY
A LOOK BACK
It’s been 50 years since violence tore apart the city.
How did it happen, and what have we learned?
There are fewer and fewer people who were around to witness, much less remember when Detroit exploded into several days of looting, burning, and violence. While the scope of what took place in the summer of 1967 is too complicated to adequately explain in the pages of a magazine, it’s important to at least scratch the surface. No incident in Detroit’s history has had as much an impact;
its physical as well as psychological scars still show.
We divide our coverage into several sections — from a recap of that week’s events to a look back at the 50 years since through the eyes of two families: one black, one white.