Conyers on ’67: ‘They just couldn’t take it any longer’


Conyers on ’67: ‘They just couldn’t take it any longer’

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‘Collectively, a fuse was blown,’ says Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, whose pleas for calm in 1967 were not appreciated by the crowd. ‘People just lost it … and the police overreacted.’ Max Ortiz, The Detroit News

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“It looked like it was a military invasion,” said Conyers about the authorities’ response, as the National Guard came to aid Detroit police.(Photo: Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)Buy Photo

The sound of a ringing phone was heard inside the Dexter Avenue home of U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. around 9 a.m. on July 23, 1967.
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