By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Historical Society is launching an effort to encourage discussion and understanding of the events that took place in the summer of 1967 and their effects on the city and country.

The society will conduct research and collect personal accounts, media reports and artifacts to determine what life was like before, during and after that period. The group will then use that information to present the Detroit 1967 Project.

An exhibition highlighting the city’s struggles with racial and cultural diversity is expected to open in fall 2016 at the Detroit Historical Museum.

One of the project’s key goals is to connect the riots of 1967 to today’s conversations about racial equality, gentrification, economic disparity and other issues.

More details will be announced at a press conference Thursday morning.

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