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Greetings from Detroit! The Root is here in the Motor City live-blogging the first night of debates from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, where the organization Black Voters Matter held a pre-debate forum with residents of Detroit, moderated by CNN commentator Angela Rye.

Senior reporter Terrell Jermaine Starr is on location and will give you up-to-the-minute reactions from Detroiters during the debates, as well as what was said during the pre-debate convo. Stay tuned!