Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination

Date: Saturday, June 10th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium

BookBeat and the Southfield Public Library present Herb Boyd in this special after hours program!

The author of Baldwin’s Harlem looks at the evolving culture, politics, economics and spiritual life of Detroit—a blend of memoir, love letter, history and clear-eyed reportage that explores the city’s past, present and future and its significance to the African American legacy and the nation’s fabric.

Herb Boyd moved to Detroit in 1943, as race riots were engulfing the city. Though he did not grasp their full significance at the time, this critical moment would be one of many he witnessed that would mold his political activism and exposed a city restless for change. In Black Detroit, he reflects on his life and this landmark place, in search of understand why Detroit is a special place for black people.

Boyd reveals how Black Detroiters were prominent in the city’s historic, groundbreaking union movement. Well paying jobs on assembly lines allowed working class Black Detroiters to ascend to the middle class and achieve financial stability, an accomplishment not often attainable in other industries. Boyd makes clear that while many of these middle-class jobs have disappeared; Detroit survives and is important to the country.

With a stunning eye for detail and passion for Detroit, Boyd celebrates the music, manufacturing, politics and culture that make it an American original.

Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of BookBeat.