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The NAACP needs a woman leader

The NAACP needs a woman leader. I’m not the one. I love the NAACP. I’ve been a member since I was 10 years old. I sizzle at the history and at the historic leaders (W.E.B. DuBois, Walter White, James Weldon Johnson, Medgar Evers, Ida B. Wells and so many others). With its 30-year campaign to stop lynching, to its more contemporary work in voting registration, the NAACP has always been involved in the strugg ...

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Michigan Arts organizations take students on a field trip

“Field trip budgets within Michigan’s schools are suffering deep cuts, and the most expensive component is usually the cost of renting a bus,” said Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts Association, an alliance of 16 statewide education associations working together to develop high quality arts education programming. That’s why MYAA and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs a ...

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Highland Park to go on tree-planting spree

The Highland Park United Neighborhood Association wants Highland Park to become “the city of trees” once more. Beginning in spring 2014, Greening of Detroit will be planting a variety of trees in parks, at public sites, along Woodward sidewalks and in front of homes in partnership with the HPUNA and the city of Highland Park. ...

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Prizes, opportunities for student artists in Black history art contest

High school students in eight southeast Michigan counties are invited to submit original works of art that capture a significant moment, event or figure in African-American, African or African Diasporan history for the Black History Moments on Canvas contest. Submissions can include paintings, drawings, jewelry, pottery, fabric, mixed media or sculptures. The contest is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s ...

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Questions for Driver Responsibility Survey

The students of the Wayne County Community College District are doing a participatory action research project regarding the Driver Responsibility Act. Research includes, but is not limited to the amount of money in the fund, which zip codes are most involved, what effect it has had on drivers and their lives. WCCCD is inviting all citizens to answer the questions written below and return their answers by ma ...

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Curtain comes down on deadly war in eastern Congo

Thousands of women dressed in white marched down the central boulevard in Kinshasa this week, singing the praises of President Joseph Kabila and the army, according to media on the scene. The celebrations marked the end of a brutal 20-month revolt in Africa’s mineral-rich eastern Congo. The M23 rebel army reportedly scattered after the Congolese army captured its last hilltop stronghold. ...

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Zakes Mda pleads for release of Eskinder Nega

South African author Zakes Mda is urging Africans to step up and protest the lengthy sentence meted out to Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega for his pro-democracy writings that offended the government. Mda, a novelist, poet and playwright, is the son of A.P. Mda, a “guiding light” in the founding of the Pan African Congress. Nega, who turns 45 this month, sits in Kaliti prison, outside of Addis Ababa, wher ...

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