Valerie Moule

Title

Valerie Moule

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Date

08/25/2017

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

Format

Text

Language

en-US

Type

Written Story

Text

I grew up in Northwest Detroit in a diverse, middle-class neighborhood (African American, Jewish, Polish & Irish Catholics) where neighbors were friendly and helped each other. There was a National Guard Armory on Eight Mile Road nearby, and when the ’67 riots, tanks rolled down the street. I was 15 years old, but still have a vivid memory of standing on the front lawn and seeing many neighbors doing the same, watching in silence without looking at each other. Quickly afterward, “For Sale” signs went up where the White people lived (except for ours) and property values tanked, bringing with it loss of local small businesses (shops, drug stores), which were replaced with pornography video stores, crime, and lack of care for property. I remember hearing one of our African American neighbors complain to my mother about how hard he worked to move to a nice neighborhood and have a really good nearby public school for his children, only to have it ruined. I was extremely saddened. This experience strengthened my interest in, and concern for social justice and equality issues.

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Submitter's Name

Valerie Moule

Submission Date

07/28/2017

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Citation

“Valerie Moule,” Detroit 1967 Online Archive, accessed November 20, 2017, http://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/601.