This summer Herb Boyd is releasing his book Black Detroit: A People’s History of Self-Determination. The non-fiction title follows the past, present and what the future will look like for the city. Boyd, the author of Baldwin’s Harlem, moved to Detroit in 1943 when race riots were literally scorching the city. His book shares how Detroit shaped his worldview and what the Midwest city means to Black people.
In a review of the book, Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me, wrote “Detroit has become a code for urban failure, which is to say, black failure. Herb Boyd’s riveting new history gives us, Black Detroit, and turns an oft caricatured community into a world of actual, struggling human beings. This is not easy work. But Boyd, with his Detroit roots and lucid prose, performs the labor as though he were born to do so.”