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The roots and responsibilities of Black Power

Local historian warns Detroit City Council of danger of disunity By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Following is a statement by Highland Park scholar and Michigan Citizen historical features writer Paul Lee, which was prepared for delivery at the Detroit City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 3. The meeting addressed the threatened takeover of the government of the majority-Black city of Detroit by ...

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Mrs. Oar Delois Lewis Harris

Mrs. Oar Delois Lewis Harris was born on Oct. 21, 1934 in Eutaw, Ala., to the late Ellis Tubbs and Elizabeth Lewis Long. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Ezekiel Baptist Church in Eutaw. Mrs. Harris spent her childhood in Eutaw, where she attended Green County Training School in Bogilee, Ala. She later moved to Bessemer, Ala.; she then migrated to Detroit. Mrs. Harris was employed by Detr ...

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Get off your knees!

Council is letting itself be bullied into signing a “consent agreement” when they don’t have to. Not only are they forfeiting their responsibility to govern, but they are tying the hands of all elected officials for the next five years. Doing Gov. Rick Snyder’s bidding rather than the will of those who elected them, it seems five weak council persons — ignorant of the civil rights history that put them wher ...

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Mutuality

“All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Cities across Michigan are marked by population loss and tax base destruction. Schools are suffering, blight is spreading and the people are under attack. Republicans, and some Democrats, are trampling democracy and busting unions under the guise of fiscal management, undermining self-determination for the state’s African ...

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The cuckoo nest

The U.S. government will go to war in the name of democracy — Libya, Vietnam, Iraq. But protecting democracy at home does not seem as crucial. Massive U.S. forces are going to support this international fight. As the U.S. Treasury is drained for bombs, drones and bullets, less and less is available for housing, job creation, education or quality of life at home, creating financial crises that threaten democ ...

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No consent agreement!

Detroit must not sign the consent agreement offered by Gov. Rick Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon. They must not agree to the current version or any subsequent or revised version. A consent agreement is not in the city’s best interests. First, the consent agreement is seen as a favored alternative to appointment of an emergency manager. The public has rallied against the offensive and repressive Emerg ...

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People’s victory

As this issue went to press, Mayor Dave Bing was preparing to deliver his third annual state of the city address. Earlier in the day, an announcement came that Gov. Snyder and Bing had agreed an emergency manager was not going to provide the ticket out of the city’s financial mess and that the two had a plan. To be announced. Perhaps they were responding to two events. Last week, on Feb. 29, over 300 person ...

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Community love

“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. Mayor Dave Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder are shameless. With the recent rise in youth violence and the tragic deaths of children, the governor says it is a police problem and the mayor claims we need to raise children better. As public officials in control of p ...

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Services for Shrine’s Cardinal Changa Kagia

May 18, 1921 – Feb. 4, 2012 Thomas Eugene Williams was born in Detroit on May 18, 1921 to Martha and Raymond Williams. He was the eldest of six children. Thomas attended Northwestern High School. He became a top executive with the Detroit Water Board and served for many years where he rose from a clerical position to a mayoral appointment. Thomas showed leadership ability very early in life and was sought o ...

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Ol’ Ghetto Revolutionary Soldier of the Whole World

Henry Edward Moscow Beamon Gemini with Leo Moon May , 23 1931 to Feb. 7, 2012 The creative sparks that flowed through Henry Edward Moscow Beamon II made him a genius. His brilliance is evident in the phrases he coined, the materials he fashioned for the execution of his work and in the conception, formulation and expression of ideas. By his ninth year, Henry had known three portentous circumstances: Family ...

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