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African Union commemorates 50th anniversary of continental organization

On May 25, 1963, 33 independent African states met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to form the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The purpose of the summit 50 years ago was to enhance cooperation between member states and to accelerate the liberation struggles of those countries that still remained under colonial rule. ...

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BMe awards grants to Detroit community leaders

Fourteen Black male leaders in Detroit were honored with BMe Leadership Awards. These men have helped to build, protect and educate the community, showing a personal commitment to the well-being of others. For that commitment, they, along with recipients from Baltimore and Philadelphia, were awarded a total of $600,000 in small grants paid for by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Open Socie ...

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EMEAC celebrates women and people of color in leadership at community event

East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) celebrated women and people of color in leadership positions May 10 by hosting a community wine and cheese tasting. Featuring locally made wines and cheeses donated by local businesses, the night’s activities showcased the past and present work of EMEAC and its community. Co-director Diana Copeland began the night by demonstrating the importance of remember ...

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Oakman can’t close

This is a new era defined by lack of transparency, little fiscal discipline and emergency management. Undoubtedly, the children of Oakman Elementary School will suffer. Oakman, a school for children with special needs, is a wonderful place to send your child. It is one floor with wide hallways, a vibrant parent network and just about 300 students. ...

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Placing athletics above academics

Why do sports play such a prominent role in college education? Does it crowd out the attention we pay to other aspects of college life? Why are student athletes treated like slaves or gladiators, playing to pay colleges for the fruits of their labor? Other students enjoy “school spirit” when their team wins, and universities collect revenue from advertisers when they make it to the big leagues. ...

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Homeowners to Eric Holder: Hold banks accountable

Homeowners and former homeowners rallied in front of the Department of Justice Monday to demand the Attorney General Eric Holder hold banks accountable for foreclosures. The groups are asking the Department of Justice to prosecute banks and to protect the 13 million homeowners who struggle today with underwater mortgages. The groups organizing the protest, the Home Defenders League and Occupy Homes, are pus ...

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Oakman School parents ask EM for answers

Parents of children at Oakman Orthopedic School have questions that no one in the administration of Emergency Manager Roy Roberts seem able to answer. Roberts told Oakman parents April 10 that the school was closing. He made the decision without their input or comments and could not answer specific questions, according to LSCO President Alyia Moore. Since then, questions have multiplied, Moore says. ...

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Olumba Q&A

I think as a newer politician — someone who came back to Detroit and had to knock doors to win, who cold not get support from the political establishment — I look at the emergency manager as a verdict on some of the people who have been around Detroit. We have been taken advantage of politically. We haven’t been taking care of business like we should have. ...

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