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Author Hilary Jones shares new book in her hometown

Professor Hilary Jones showcased her book, “The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa,” at Source Booksellers June 22, in Midtown Detroit. Jones, an associate professor of history at Florida International University in Miami, felt it was very important to debut her first book in her hometown of Detroit. ...

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100K WALK FOR FREEDOM

Over 100,000 people marched from Woodward and Forest to Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit June 22 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Detroit March, originally held June 23, 1963. Called Freedom Walk, the event was organized by the Detroit Branch NAACP and the UAW. Dr. King’s son Dr. Martin Luther King, III attended the event, as well as notables, Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Ja ...

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PSL Softball: There’s more to do

Both Ivan King and Julie Schneider enjoy their jobs as PSL coaches. In fact, they really don’t see them as jobs, but as a chance to work in the sport they love with Detroit’s kids. Although they’re happy with their position, they want to see their teams get better, not just within the league, but in the metro Detroit area. ...

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Support DBCFSN Co-op Grocery Store

By Malik Yakini Special to the Michigan Citizen Let me be clear. I am anti-capitalism. It is a system that is by nature exploitive and unsustainable. The answers to many of the social problems we face lie in capitalism giving way to a more equitable system of distributing resources that upholds the dignity of all human beings and respects nature. In the meantime, we are faced with the dilemma of how to deve ...

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‘American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs’

“Singling out the most intriguing of her numerous namesakes from 2005’s “The Grace Lee Project,” Korean-American documaker Grace Lee pays tribute to a remarkable social activist in “American Revolutionary.” Known for her landmark work on behalf of Black communities during the civil-rights era, as well as her FBI-rattling rise within the Black Power movement, 97-year-old Detroit fixture Grace Lee Boggs doesn ...

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Inner cities need disaster relief too

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago on disaster recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which caused an estimated $39 billion in damage in New Jersey. Christie talked through the plans for rebuilding after the initial steps to get power and water back up and return the area to “normalcy,” using some $60 billion in federal reli ...

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The minimum wage for the least and left out

It seems the term “poverty” has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans, and 26 percent of African-Americans experience poverty. The Fair Labor Standards Act was signed on June 25, 1938, 75 years ago, so perhaps this is a good time to explore the roots of the minimum wage and why its establishment remains important. ...

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