I grew up about 100 miles north of Detroit. We would go to visit my Uncle Hank and Aunt Mabel, who lived in Ferndale, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. My dad grew up in Hazel Park, Michigan and my grandmother lived there for awhile. We would go to the Detroit Zoo and to Tiger Stadium during the summer and sometimes go school shopping there. I guess because we had been there a few times, I was amazed at what was going on in Detroit that summer.
The Detroit Riots started July 23, 1967 and lasted four days until July 27th. Thirteen thousand troops, mostly National Guard, were called in to restore order. Six people were killed and 200 injured during the riots. The rioting started after a pre-dawn police raid on an illegal bar, which led to the arrest of 73 people.