Community Activists

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Community Activists

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BIO: My name is Joann Castle. I was born in 1937 and raised in Detroit. My mother was a housewife, my father, a clerk at Chrysler Corporation. In July of 1967, I had just moved my family into an old home on Boston Boulevard which we purchased as a…

Harriet Saperstein, July 25th, 2015
In this interview Harriet chronicles her work with the League of Women Voters and various other charitable and volunteer organizations. She recounts her experiences living in the city over the fifty years. She also dissects the problems the city…

Reverend Lonnie Peek, April 5th, 2016
In this interview, Peek discusses growing up in New Jersey, attending college in West Virginia, and his time in Detroit during and after the events of July 1967. Reverend Peek discusses his extensive activism in Detroit

Mike Hamlin, December 22nd, 2015
In this interview, Hamlin discusses growing up in Mississippi, his time at the University of Michigan and in the military, and his role as an organizer with the Inner City Voice and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

In this interview, Anthony discusses moving from St. Louis to Detroit, Kenneth Cockrel Sr., and the Big Four. He also discusses the challenges of activism within the church and his role working with the NAACP.

Dr. Karl Gregory, September 1st, 2015

**Publisher’s note: This is the edited version of an interview with Dr. Karl Gregory by Tobi Voigt for the Detroit Historical Society’s Detroit ’67 Oral History Project. Interviewer: TV Interviewee: KG TV: Today is Tuesday…

In this interview, Lobsinger discusses his experiences in the Korean War and how that led him to start his group, Breakthrough, to fight communism in Detroit, as well as his experiences of and viewpoint on the unrest in 1967

Jerome Pikulinski, August 14th, 2015
In this interview, Pikulinksi discusses his work with the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and running the Community Action Program. He discusses the goals of this group, its successes and failures. He also talks about conflict resolution…

Kathleen Straus, April 8th, 2016
In this interview, Straus discusses her first impressions of the Detroit area in the 1950's, her work in politics and as a community leader, and the changes she saw to her neighborhood both before and after the events of July 1967.

Lucille Watts, June 21st, 2016
Watts details her involvement with the events of July 1967 namely, her action – along with other black lawyers – in freeing black men who were arrested, sometimes with reason, sometimes arbitrarily. She was at first very confused and surprised by…

Ann Kraemer, June 18th, 2016
In this interview, Ann Kraemer discusses her role as a field work student at the School of Social Work for the University of Michigan. Kraemer and her coworkers went through the neighborhoods making sure families, children, and the elderly had the…

Reverend Dan Aldridge, June 22nd, 2016
In this interview, Aldridge describes growing up in Harlem and moving to Detroit as a young man. He tells of his involvement in Black Nationalism movements, how he heard about the unrest in ’67, and his involvement in the Algiers Motel incident. He…

Michael "Doc" Holbrook, August 15th, 2016
In this interview, Michael shares the differences between living in the north and south, coming of age as a black male in Detroit, living during the time of the 1967 unrest, and his observations of the city past and present.

Richard Felman, August 19th, 2016
In this interview, Feldman discusses moving to Michigan and getting a job with the Ford Motor Company. He discusses his experiences as an activist and union representative, the state of race relations at the plant and in the area and his feelings…

Joyce was a committed New Left Activist in Detroit in the 1960s. Here, he discusses the fragmentation–exacerbated by governmental and police surveillance–of many Detroit organizations. He was a member of the Northern Student Movement, People…