Interview with John Conyers

Watching other cities go. Nearly 100 cities since Harlem in '64 and being in Detroit and being one of the good things that was happening in Detroit, you were one of two Black congress people in Detroit, did you think the city would bypass it?


No, I, as a matter of fact, that, that night I spoke to a, the Black Real Estate Association that Saturday night, ah, ah, that the riot took off and, and I was talking about, people reminded me of what I had said. Little did I know that I would be called out of my sleep that night, awakened and brought out on 12th Street. Ah, but, every, it, it was clear that this wasn't going to, ah, ah, continue on. Because there, there was a, there was a, ah, a nascent Black Power Movement developing, ah, that was, ah, rebellious to both Black and White leadership, that was, ah, making it clear, ah, that this is not going to go on and, and it was a, it was a, it had its own leaders and, and, ah, it was really calling for a confrontational, if not, a, a, a, physical reaction, ah, to this, segregation that was, was steeped in, in every part of life of a Black citizen in Detroit.