This is a repost from December 2, 2013. As I continue with this series of Black History Month, I would like to introduce you to Gordon Lightfoot, and particularly, to his song “Black Day in July” published in December 1968.
The riots were set off by a police raid in an inner-city bar raid. The rioting lasted five days. Tally aftermath was 43 dead, 467 injured, 7,231 arrested and 2,509 stores burned down or looted. City officials estimated damage cost at between $40 and 80 million (US).
CBC Archives did a great job reporting on this.
Not really related, but interesting articles:
- Unlikely duo of Lightfoot and Bieber to bookend Grey Cup halftime (ctvnews.ca)
- Grey Cup halftime show to feature Bieber, Jepsen, Lightfoot (cbc.ca)
- Bieber booed, Lightfoot lauded during splashy Grey Cup halftime (cbc.ca)
- Gordon Lightfoot, Justin Bieber to bookend Grey Cup halftime (vancouversun.com)