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Boggs Center hosts UM-Dearborn students

Two weeks before Christmas, the Boggs Center hosted a group of University of Michigan-Dearborn students, who are members of Public Allies, an Americorp program dedicated to young-adult leadership development. Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads. They believe “everyone can make a difference and can work to inspire more citizens to believe in themselves, step up ...

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Sowing strong roots in Detroit’s food and farming community

Over the last decade, Detroiters have dedicated more than 100,000 hours to the study of sustainable agriculture and food systems through workshops and apprenticeships hosted by community-based organizations across the city. In kitchens, classrooms and outdoor laboratories dedicated to the study of healthy soils, farm planning, pest management, harvest and post-harvest handling, scratch cooking and food pres ...

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Kwanzaa celebrates culture not commerce

Millions of people across the African Diaspora celebrate Kwanzaa, a Pan-African holiday created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, each year from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. People of all faiths can enjoy the holiday, which focuses on family, community and culture. Since the festive practice emphasizes values, each day of the celebration highlights one of Kwanzaa’s Nguzo Saba (Swahili for “seven principles”): Umoja (un ...

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Author Eddie Connor ‘Unwraps’ new book

Eddie Connor is the author of several books including “E.CON the ICON,” “Purposefully Prepared to Persevere,” and “Collections of Reflections.” Connor’s newest work, “Unwrap the Gift in YOU!” debuts this holiday season. In the book, Connor delivers straight talk with steps to unlock potential, tips to activate gifts within, and to maintain health, hope and happiness during the holidays. ...

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Celebrate the holidays with Detroit artists

This time of year reminds us of the goodness in others. In many ways, this season unearths our humanity, by chipping away with acts of kindness the stone walls we build around ourselves. There are certain people, however, with creative gifts who do this all year long. The Michigan Citizen has reported on these people — artists, singers, rappers, authors, poets, etc. throughout the years. ...

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Beware political poverty pimps

An article published on, titled, “Running for Senate not job for paupers,” cited: “The average household in the United States has a net worth of $69,000, but the average wealth of a U.S. senator is about $12 million, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Center for Responsive Politics.” ...

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Franklin-Wright Settlements 132nd Anniversary Celebration

The Detroit Historical Society was the setting for the Dec. 14 Franklin Wright Settlements, Inc. 132nd Anniversary Celebration. The Spirit of Giving Awards saluted the commitment and dedication of five “givers:” U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Stephen Henderson, editor of the Detroit Free Press; Joyce Hayes Giles, DTE foundation; Randy Scott, an educator and nationally renowned saxophonist and Dee Dee Odom, M ...

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