This week we’re excited to announce a third site to be featured as part of the Detroit Mobile Audio Tour.  The Dr. Ossian Sweet House will be added to the list of locations on the tour, which already include Eastern Market and Michigan Central Station.  Keep reading to find out how you can share your insight…

Photo by Karpov the Wrecked Train

In September 1925, Sweet, a successful African American man, moved his family into a white neighborhood on Detroit’s eastside. Shots were fired from Sweet’s home when a mob formed outside.  The incident led to a landmark trial.

Each week as we reveal another location to be featured on our tour when it launches this November, we’re asking you a question that will help us shape the audio for that particular spot.  On September 10th, we’re collaborating with WDET 101.9 FM’s Question of the Day to hear from you.  We would like you to tell us:

How segregated does Detroit feel to you today?

Only responses left on Monday, September 10th may be heard on WDET but, really, we want to hear from you all week long –  up until Sunday, September 16, 2012. Your responses will help us add another layer to this story.

Here are a few different ways you can answer the above question between September 10 – 16th:

Leave us a voicemail

Call (951) 262-3438 to leave us a voicemail.  It’s just a weird area code because we got the number on the internet.  There is no fee for you to call and it should just take you a minute to leave your message.

Comment Below

Should be self explanatory.

Record your message using the SoundCloud website

Isn’t technology cool?  With most new computers you are now able to record a clear response just by going to a website.  If you don’t have a SoundCloud account already, then take a quick second to sign up for a free account.  It’s easy and will be worth it.  Then come back to here and click on this link to go the right spot on the SoundCloud site. Make sure you have the most recent Flash and that you enable your computer’s internal microphone when prompted (no need to plug in an actual microphone).  Press the ‘Record’ button and respond to one or more of our prompts.  If you don’t like your recording, you’ll have a chance to redo it as many times as you need.  Once satisfied, upload your response on the following page: http://soundcloud.com/groups/tell-us-about-the-legacy-of-dr-ossian-sweets-home/dropbox  Please make sure that you’ve left it so that your audio file is downloadable.

Record your message using the SoundCloud App

Sometimes its easier to record using the SoundCloud App on a smartphone than it is to record on a computer.  If you haven’t already, you must first download the SoundCloud App onto your phone.  It’s free and worth it.  Then open up the App and click on the orange “REC” circle on the bottom menu bar.  Then hit the orange “REC” button that pops up in the middle of your screen to start recording.  To stop recording, press it again.  If you don’t like what you’ve recorded, press “Reset” and try it again.  Once satisfied, press “Save.”

Now you might actually want to login to SoundCloud on a computer.  Then come back to this page and click here to go to the right spot on SoundCloud. Once there, click on the blue link underneath the “Choose File” button that says, “Select an Already Uploaded File.”  A list of files you’ve already uploaded to SoundCloud will pop up.  Find the one you just recorded on your App and upload it.  Please make sure that you’ve left it so that your audio file is downloadable.  If your file does not say “download” across the top then you need to view your audio file and click on the “edit” pen to get into the settings.  Make sure that the you have enabled downloads.

PLEASE NOTE:  Responses left on Monday, September 10th may be broadcast on 101.9 FM WDET. Responses left on any other date may still be broadcasted, podcasted, used in an installation, or highlighted on this blog.  By participating, you’re saying that you’re okay with that.

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