Like Zera Yacob, who believed in following one’s natural reasoning instead of believing what one is told by others, Black Day In July Productions creates music from the soul, reporting live from the American experience. We comfortably author trains of thought onto melodic production through voices that roar above the embers and stifling smoke of day to day life. Hereby, we present the intriguing sound of Black Day In July!
The Uprising of 1967 is also known as the Detroit Rebellion of 1967, the Black Day in July, or the 12th Street Riot.
The new epicenter of black retail in Detroit was 12th Street (now called Rosa Parks Boulevard), a strip which also supported a lively illicit nightlife. At 3:15am on July 23rd, the vice squad of the Detroit Police Department executed a raid on a blind pig at 12th Street and Clairmount. Despite the late hour, the avenue was full of people attempting to stay cool amidst a stifling heat wave. As the police escorted party goers to the precinct for booking, a crowd gathered. When the final arrestees were loaded into police vans, a brick shattered the rear window of a police cruiser, prompting a rash of violence, break-ins, burglaries, and eventually arson.
Over the course of five days, the Detroit police and fire departments, the Michigan State Police, the Michigan National Guard, and the US Army were involved in quelling what became the largest civil disturbance of twentieth century America. The crisis resulted in forty-three deaths, hundreds of injuries, almost seventeen hundred fires, and over seven thousand arrests.
Additionally, the mass theft of firearms and other weaponry turned Detroit an urban warzone. Sniper fire sowed fear and hindered firefighting and policing efforts. For many people the uprising was a turning point for the city and the culmination of decades of institutional racism and entrenched segregation.