Youth Gathering Preparations: Detroit’s Past, Present, and Future

Before we take off, we had to introduce the history and culture of Detroit (including history, cars, music, food, business and landmarks) in preparation for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering. The knowledge we gained will enable us to visit Detroit with a deeper appreciation for and understanding of the city and what it has to offer.

Detroit has a rich past and a promising future. Before we enter into Detroit as guests, it is important for us to spend some time learning about Detroit’s past, present and future. Detroit received a lot of bad press in the last few years. The media has failed to tell the stories of innovation and hopefulness at work among those who live and work in and around Detroit. They also have failed to lift up and honor the rich and vibrant past of Detroit, a past that brings the city’s people great pride.

Detroit has much to celebrate! The American music scene would not be what it is today if not for Motown. The Coney Island hot dog is a banquet on a bun—it originated in Detroit. Detroit is the home of the American-made automobile. Entrepreneurs from all over the world are considering Detroit as an exciting and affordable place to locate and start their new businesses.

We took some time to watch some helpful videos, feel free to check them out for yourself:

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