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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Dear Martin Luther King III, We welcome you to a Detroit in 2013 that is quantifiably worse off than the Detroit that your father, Martin Luther King Jr., marched in some 50 years ago in 1963. It grieves me deeply to say that the clock of humanity and all that America could be has been turned back on its head in this 2013 Detroit. ...

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EM surprises no one: To take pensions, water, unsecured debt

In a closed meeting held June 14 outside the city at the Wayne County International Airport Westin Hotel, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr revealed one part of his restructuring plan to bankers, financiers, the union representatives and the press. It was every grim prediction residents have prophesized since Gov. Rick Snyder imposed Public Act 436 on Detroit in March. ...

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Completing the agenda

Dr. Ronald J. Harkness loves to be challenged! When he is not at work or at home among his family and friends, he enjoys helping to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by helping them learn and retain information they learned. ...

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Filling the need for local kids

Like many children of the inner cities, Detroit’s kids weren’t being exposed to the games of baseball and softball. The result was a lack of interest in the pastime sport that many Blacks fought to integrate. Maria Adams-Lawton, executive director of Healthy Kidz, Inc., took it upon herself to form the Healthy Kidz Baseball/Softball League and help form the sports in the Michigan Metro Conference. ...

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Update for upcoming Dr. King commemoration

As part of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 Walk to Freedom, the Detroit Branch NAACP, UAW-Ford, General Motors and other community organizations will host “Freedom Walk: We Shall Not Default on Our Freedom” June 21-22 as well as a video contest for high school and college students. ...

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