Detroit panel to discuss ’67 riot, media coverage

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News

As part of its “Detroit ‘67: Looking Back to Move Forward” programming, the Detroit Historical Museum will host two panel discussions on the role of the media in the 1967 disorders, organized by the WGPR-TV Historical Society and the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

The first discussion will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Detroit Historical Museum.

Panelists will discuss whether the recommendations of the Kerner Commission on media coverage have been implemented.

Weighing in on the “Detroit 1967 Media Coverage: Then & Now” panel will be Michigan Chronicle Senior Editor Keith Owens; Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; Shelia Cockrel, former Detroit City Councilwoman and owner of Crossroads Consulting; Shirley Stancato, president and CEO of New Detroit; Tim Kiska, associate professor of communications, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Luther Keith, executive director of Arise Detroit; Brenda Peek, communications consultant and Detroit NABJ member; and Bill McGraw, a writer for Bridge Magazine who served as a writer-producer of the documentary “12th & Clairmount.”

The second discussion will be 10 a.m.-noon July 29 at the historical museum, 5401 Woodward in Detroit.