Deborah Chamulak, June 14th, 2016

Title

Deborah Chamulak, June 14th, 2016

Description

Deborah Chamulak remembers coming home from a music lesson in July 1967 when a group of African American men threw rocks at their car while stopped at a red light.

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Date

06/14/2016

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

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Language

en-US

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Written Story

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I was a 14 year old student at Teal School of Music. My mother would drive me down wait for me in the lobby during my lesson and we would drive home. On this one Saturday in July of 1967, we left the school to get on I-94 and travel home. My mother was stopped by a red light before she could make the left turn. A large group of African-American men where on either side of the corner. Under her breath, my mother said "Lock your door." I did as she said and that large group of men started to throw rocks at the car. When they charged the car, my mother took off making an illegal left turn and ran some more red lights to get on I-94. I asked her why those men were so angry at us, we did nothing. She said she really didn't know. We never spoke of the incident again. The next week, Teal School of Music called and said not to come in for lessons The riots had started.

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Submitter's Name

Deborah Chamulak

Submission Date

06/14/2016

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Citation

“Deborah Chamulak, June 14th, 2016,” Detroit 1967 Online Archive, accessed April 18, 2019, https://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/262.

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