In April 1968, parts of Chicago’s West Side went up in flames after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
The city of Detroit had experienced similar chaos just a few months earlier, in the summer of 1967. The riots were some of the deadliest in U.S. history, lasting five days and leaving dozens dead.
Earlier this year, Chicago StoryCorps producers traveled to Detroit, where they spoke with a woman named Marsha Music, whose father owned a legendary record store in Detroit.
This story was recorded through a partnership between the Urban Consulate in Detroit and StoryCorps Chicago.
Bill Healy produces StoryCorps for WBEZ. You can follow him @chicagoan. Northwestern University’s Natalie Escobar also helped produce this story.