As a resident of Harper Woods, I’m especially pleased to announce that the Harper Woods Library will be hosting a book talk on June 30th at 6pm with the distinguished authors of Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide. The 2013 book from Michigan State University Press was awarded a Michigan Notable Book Award and it has been receiving high praise. The authors are Joe T. Darden and Richard W. Thomas. Joe Darden is Professor of Geography at Michigan State University and former Dean of Urban Affairs Programs from 1984 to 1997. Richard Thomas is Professor Emeritus of History at Michigan State University. He has conducted workshops on race relations for over thirty years.
Here’s one reviewer’s positive take on the book:
An insightful and compelling study of the urban landscape in Detroit and its metropolitan area that focuses not only on black-white relations, but also on anti-Asian racism, Black-Latino relations, and the presence of sizable populations of Middle Eastern immigrants and Arab-Americans. This well-researched book gives the post-1967 racial and ethnic cauldron of Detroit its fullest expression as it explores points of conflict and cooperation in public policy and in daily life. Set against a backdrop of economic restructuring, shrinking populations, educational crisis, drugs, and violence, the book also highlights the fierce faith of residents and organizations engaged in struggles to create alternative visions of the future.
—Angela D. Dillard is Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies at the University of Michigan and author of Faith in the City: Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit
I hope you’ll be able to join us to explore this important topic.
Here’s a link to the flyer with RSVP and location information: Flyer for HW Library Book Talk