New artwork looks at the 1967 Riot in Grand Rapids

We have made nearly a dozen posts about the 1967 riot in Grand Rapids in the past several years.

Some of these posts have focused on media coverage of the riot, some on internal documents and some of the posts have looked at other archival items we have come across in our research.

In a post from a year ago, we discovered this: 

At a meeting on July 12, 1967, the head of the Grand Rapids Urban League, Paul I Phillips, communicated to Mayor Sonneveldt, the City Manager and the Grand Rapids Chief of Police that according to the national Urban League office, Grand Rapids was on a “dangerous list” of cities with racial tensions. Despite the comments from the Urban League, Mayor Sonneveldt, the City Manager and the Chief of Police “positively denied that riots were possible in the city.”

Two weeks later, at 11pm on July 24th, 1967, the black community rose up against the injustices they had been facing for decades in Grand Rapids, and began to riot.

The latest poster from GVSU student, Hannah Pewee, beautifully depicts the police violence against black youth, which was the spark that set off the riot in 1967. The print/poster also uses a quote from a GR Press editorial to demonstrate how white people viewed African Americans in 1967.

For more information on the 1967 riot in Grand Rapids, checkout this post, which provides an overview with multiple links on the topic.


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