Saturday, July 16, 2016

Detroit Public Television Announces Two Primetime Specials on Race Relations:

Detroit's Public Television Channel 56 notes:

Detroit Public Television Announces Two Primetime Specials on Race Relations:

July 27th – An American Black Journal Town Hall Meeting
with Stephen Henderson at Focus: HOPE

Tonight at 9pm - PBS NEWSHOUR: America in Black & Blue

As we try to understand and move forward following the recent tragedies in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas, Stephen Henderson, American Black Journal host and editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press will lead a frank conversation with advocates and  community leaders live from Focus: HOPE in Detroit on July 27, 2016 from 7:30 to 8 p.m.. The conversation will continue online following the live broadcast until 8:30 p.m. at

The show will explore important topics including police & community relations, equity, privilege, and systemic issues exacerbated by racial attitudes that we all carry but may not readily recognize.

Confirmed guests include:

Agustin Arbulu: Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Dr. Jay Marks: Oakland Schools Student Engagement Consultant—Social Justice/Diversity
Kurt Metzger: Principal at Kurt R. Metzger & Associates and formerly of Data Driven Detroit
Kimberly Papillon: national lecturer and consultant on medical, legal and judicial decision-making

This special live ABJ Roadshow is part of the ongoing coverage by the Detroit Journalism Cooperative called The Intersection and is made possible with support from the Kellogg Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Knight Foundation and Renaissance Journalism.

And, tonight starting at 9 p.m. on Detroit Public Television (DPTV), PBS will present AMERICA IN BLACK & BLUE, A NEWSHOUR WEEKEND SPECIAL, addressing the early July incidents in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Minnesota, and Dallas, and the interaction between police and communities of color. DPTV’s One Detroit will continue the conversation on July 27 by broadcasting American Black Journal (ABJ) LIVE from Focus: HOPE—a special roadshow episode on racial attitudes in Detroit and beyond.

[C.I. note: Sorry, didn't get this up in time for that broadcast but video is below]

AMERICA IN BLACK & BLUE will be hosted by journalist Alison Stewart, with reporting from PBS Newshour weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan, and special correspondents Chris Bury and Michael Hill.

After a week of violence, grief and horror, with five police officers shot dead in Dallas, and two African American men shot dead by police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, this news special will dig deep to explore the roots of these events, competing accounts of responsibility and justice, and televise the conversation that America is having around so many losses, mutual fears, and also around the common ground where progress may be made.  

The special will draw on recent and upcoming PBS content, including FRONTLINE’s “Policing the Police,” the Gwen Ifill special “America After Ferguson” and the forthcoming documentary, “The Talk,” about the talk that many parents of color have with their kids about interacting with police. For more information, visit

Please join us for both of these important programs.

Rich Homberg
President and CEO
Detroit Public Television
248-640-4169 -  - @RichHomberg

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