City of Asylum (2017)

Black Detroit

Friday, November 3rd
7:00 pm

Join the Sembène Film & Arts Festival for a reading with award-winning journalist/activist Herb Boyd, as he discusses his latest book, Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination.

Black Detroit is a groundbreaking history of the struggles and resilience of African Americans from the city’s birth two hundred years ago until the present.

Herb Boyd

“Boyd…breathes new life into the history of Detroit through stories of the city’s black residents from its earliest days to its bittersweet present…He leaves no stone unturned, making his work an invaluable repository of all that is black Detroit.” – Publishers Weekly

Herb Boyd moved to Detroit in 1943, as race riots were engulfing the city. In Black Detroit, he reflects on his life and this landmark place, combining deep passion and a stunning eye for detail to seamlessly blend personal experience, exhaustive research, and eyewitness accounts to document the Motor City’s work ethic and spirit of resistance.

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Did you know that there is a restaurant in City of Asylum @ Alphabet City? During these events, Alphabet City will be set up so that you can have dinner during the event (or simply order drinks).

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