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April 4th an important date to remember

April 4, 2013 will be the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It always puzzles me why so many of those who so vocally celebrate Dr. King’s birthday let the historic day of assassination go by so quietly. I am cynical enough to believe their quietness is another payment for having President Reagan sign a bill making his birthday a national holiday. ...

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Connecting struggles

Within the last 10 years, Detroit has closed 130 schools. New York City closed 117 schools. Just this month, Chicago announced the closing of 52 more schools. On the same day Detroit protesters gathered at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to voice opposition to the newly-appointed emergency manager (EM), protestors in Philadelphia gathered in protest to the closing of 26 more public schools and the mayor’s ...

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Blacks don’t have same views on same-sex marriage

Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco and Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Washington, D.C., are brothers of the cloth. Though they share a love for Christ and the Bible, they do not share the same views on same sex marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court. ...

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New partnership, new online focus for student teachers

The University of Detroit Mercy is partnering with the Michigan Virtual University to help UDM education students learn to teach online. Both undergraduate and graduate students can enroll this summer in Advanced Instructional Tech-nology/Teaching in the Virtual Environment. The program, which resembles a student-teaching experience, is an introductory course focused on online instruction. Students will hel ...

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OPENING DAY: Open your mind before you open your mouth!

I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade but Opening Day has to take the cake for the most racist day in Detroit. I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Ga., where we had plenty of racism but no Opening Day festivities, most likely due to the muted lackluster of the southern spring and the fact that many metropolitan residents’ sports loyalties remained in the very rust belt cities from which they had recently ...

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Roy Roberts revels in accolades while Detroit’s children fall further behind

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts had some fabulous news to share on NBC’s Education Nation Detroit Summit on March 22. DPS had surpassed the Michigan state average in 14 of 18 categories measured by the state’s student proficiency test, the MEAP. Applause and accolades followed Roberts’ pronouncement. Chelsea Clinton divulged that she would entrust her own children to the emergency manag ...

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