Detroit 48282: Conversations Along a Postal Route explores the rise, demise and contested resurgence of America’s “motor city” through a multi-generational choir of voices who reside in mail carrier Wendell Watkins’s work route.
One Detroit sat down with director, Pam Sporn, and Wendell Watkins to get a closer look at the stories and people behind the film. Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route airs this Thursday, March 28th at 9:30 PM on Detroit Public Television.
Archival footage and oral histories convey the impetus behind the African American migration up north to push against the boundaries of racial and economic segregation.
The testimonials of Wendell’s neighbors and friends shed light on the impacts of redlining and the fight for housing justice, the legacy of industrial and political disinvestment, the fragility of Black home ownership as impacted by the mortgage and financial crisis, and a confluence of events and failed policies that resulted in Detroit’s bankruptcy.
Blamed for Detroit’s devastation but determined to survive, the resilient community offers creative solutions to re-imagine a more inclusive and equitable city.