All these racial troubles down in the States reminds me of a time almost 50 years ago when Canadian Gordon Lightfoot did a song about the riots in Detroit, Michigan.
Yup, it was the summer of '67' that we heard this for the first time:
Not only that folks, but since Gordon Lightfoot's Black Day in July hit the airwaves, the once-controversial tune is providing fresh inspiration for a new work by a Canadian visual artist.
Timothy Schmalz has created a sculpture inspired by the singer-songwriter's Black Day in July, which addressed the 1967 race riots in Detroit. The incident was ignited by a police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar.
Song remains relevant
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Sculpture represents 'healing and peace'
"And you say, 'How did it happen' And you say, 'How did it start?' Why can't we all be brothers, why can't we live in peace?"-Gordon Lightfoot, Black Day in July
(I worked at CKLW Windsor/Detroit in the summer of 1971 and even though it was four years later, they were still talking about it!)