INTRODUCING DETROIT 67: LOOKING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD
Today, we have an unparalleled opportunity for Detroit, the region and beyond. With the 50 year commemoration of the tumultuous summer of 1967 coming in 2017, our community can either let this important moment in history pass – and just be an unpleasant and troubling reminder – or we can use it as a catalyst to engage, reflect and provide opportunities to take the collective action that can help move our community forward.
The Detroit Historical Society, through its Detroit 67: Looking Back to MOVE FORWARD community engagement project, has taken the lead to convene an unprecedented community-wide effort. An outcome of this multi-year project will be the creation of a model for bringing diverse voices and communities together around the effects of a historic crisis to find their roles in the present and inspire the future.
The Detroit 67 Project and its centerpiece, the Detroit 67 Exhibition, will cover a period of 150 years. We will look back 100 years – from 1917 to today and forward 50 years to 2067 and use an understanding of our collective history to inform and define our future. Those who engage with Detroit 67 will be able to better understand the events leading up to July, 1967, where we are today, and connect to efforts that are moving Detroit forward.
The Detroit 67 Project will:
- Collect the stories of the past 100 years to commemorate the July, 1967 civil unrest
- Take the lead to connect the story and its relevance outside the museum
- Develop a comprehensive, balanced & experiential museum exhibition
- Create a “model” that makes history relevant to a community’s present & future