Government Officials

Title

Government Officials

Description

These oral and written histories feature individuals who were working in a local, regional, state or national government capacity in July 1967.

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

Items in the Government Officials Collection

Roman Gribbs, June 24, 2015
In this interview, former Mayor of Detroit Roman Gribbs discusses his job as a traffic court referee for the City of Detroit during the 1967 civil disturbance and the legal and logistical issues stemming from mass arrests during the disturbance In…

Henry Stallings, July 2, 2015
In this interview, former Michigan state senator Stallings discusses growing up in Detroit and shares details about his integrated neighborhood and schools growing up. In addition to recounting his memories of the unrest in 1967, Stallings speaks at…

Richard Rybinski, July 25th, 2015
In this interview, Rybinski discusses growing up in the Warrendale neighborhood in Detroit as it grew during the post–World War II housing boom as well as his parents’ employment histories in Detroit during the forties, fifties, and sixties. He…

Gene Scott, August 11th, 2015
In this interview, Gene Scott discusses his experiences working as a publicist for the city of Detroit during the summer of 1967. Mr. Scott recounts his long hours covering the incident and the fear of danger created not only by the unrest, but by…

Freeman Flynn, December 18th, 2015
Freeman Flynn discusses growing up in Detroit, his opportunity to attend Wayne University, and his training and experiences during World War II as a scout plane pilot, which led to his love of flying as a civilian. Freeman describes being a teacher…

Jackie DeYoung, April 5th, 2016
In this interview, DeYoung discusses her experiences of the 1967 disturbance and how it affected her life. Additionally, she speaks about her 35 year career at the Detroit Police Department and how the department, and the city, operated and changed…

Bob Roselle, July 20th, 2015
In this interview, Roselle discusses being called into the mayor’s office to handle the civil response to the unrest, incidents that he saw and heard of, and his opinion on the response in general. He also discusses how the city has changed, what…

Michael Kasky, March 24th, 2016
In this interview, Kasky discusses growing up in Detroit, his time at Wayne State University and his employment with the city of Detroit during the summer of 1967 and during the period immediately after.

William Giovan, June 22nd, 2016
In this interview, Giovan discusses his upbringing on the east side of Detroit and his associations with Italian American organizations in the area. He also describes how he heard of the events in 1967, and his role in the criminal proceedings of…

John Colling, August 31st, 2016
In this interview, Colling discusses growing up on the west side of Detroit and his experiences during his studies at Wayne State. Upon graduation, Colling was offered a job in the Public Relations Department in the city of Detroit and worked as a…

Norman Lippitt, October 7th, 2016
In this interview, Lippitt discusses joining the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and working as the defense counsel in the Algiers Motel shooting case.

Bill Goodman, October 5th, 2016
In this interview, Bill Goodman discusses growing up in Detroit and describes how racism affected his family growing up. He also discusses his career as a civil rights attorney in Michigan during the 1960s.