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A coalition of city officials call for a federal investigation into COVID-19’s impact on people of color. Stephen interviews a member of this group, Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield, about efforts to dig deeper into why a disproportionate number of African Americans are dying from COVID-19.

About American Black Journal

American Black Journal is a weekly talk show featuring African American perspectives on topics around arts, culture, and community issues important to the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and the nation as a whole.

American Black Journal, originally titled CPT (Colored People’s Time), went on the air in 1968 during a time of social and racial turmoil following the 1967 riots in Detroit. The purpose was to increase the availability and accessibility of media relating to African American experiences in order to encourage greater involvement from Detroit citizens in working to resolve community problems.

The show has aired consistently since 1968, documenting fifty-years of Detroit history from African American perspectives. The collection includes interviews, round-table discussions, field-produced features and artistic performances featuring African Americans, many of who are among the nation’s most recognized figures, and provides the visual and audio context of key debates and discussions surrounding African American history, culture, and politics.

Today, the show is hosted by Stephen Henderson and produced by Daphne Hughes. Henderson is also host of WDET’s Detroit Today and former Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor of The Detroit Free Press. Hughes is a former News Manager and Producer/Writer at WDIV-TV and Senior Communications Specialist at Mort Crim Communications, Inc.

The show airs on Sundays at 9:30 AM, repeating on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM on Detroit Public TV.

BridgeDetroit is a nonprofit community news, information and engagement media service that focuses on issues that Detroiters themselves identify as critical to their civic lives. Staffed by Detroiters with deep connections to the city, BridgeDetroit is led by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Stephen Henderson and is a project of the Center for Michigan.

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BridgeDetroit is powered by generous grant support from the Knight, Ford, Skillman, Kresge, Wilson, McGregor, and Hudson-Webber foundations, the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, and Facebook.

Stephen Henderson is the Founding Editor of BridgeDetroit, and a former writer and editor for the Detroit Free Press, Baltimore Sun and Chicago Tribune. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary,...

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