“1960 What” by Gregory Porter

“1960 What” by Gregory Porter became the theme song for this years Cultural Arts Festival. The song refers to the 1967 riots was started by the raid of a blind pig (a juke joint) that led to the arrest of an African American woman. After she was handcuffed she was kicked while being put into the police car by an officer. This caused an uprising. The versus in the song give stories about the shooting of Martin Luther King and injustice of police brutality on young African American men. The lyrics “The Motor City is burning” talk about the fires that engulfed the city as homes and businesses were burned down as well as the condition that the city was in.


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