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Changing future Black history through our children

Carter G. Woodson, son of former slaves, pioneering Harvard-trained historian, founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and inspirer of Black History Month, was very clear that celebrating our rich Black history of struggle and courage was not the same as getting stuck in the past, but if we are going to understand the present and protect the future, we must understand ...

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King’s 1963 dream still deferred

In 2003, nearly half a century after the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education had decreed “separate but equal” schools are inherently unequal, I was the only retired school superintendent in America who had ever returned to teach in an inner-city high school. The school was Detroit Public Schools’ Finney High (now East English Village under the state-created Educational Achievement Aut ...

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Judge Rhodes to Detroit: DON’T Pay the Banksters!

On Jan. 16, in the Detroit federal bankruptcy court, Judge Steven Rhodes issued a decision that promises a measure of justice in the face of Wall Street banks’ toxic threat that they are supposedly “too big to fail” (or jail). Judge Rhodes denied payments of over $169 million to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch (BAML) and UBS. The motion to pay the banks was filed by Jones Day lawyers, supposedly representing ...

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Life can only be understood by looking backward, but it must be lived by looking forward

The juveniles in the Macomb Correctional Facility National Lifers of America Inc. Chapter 1012 would like to respond to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s comments published Jan. 5 in the Detroit Free Press Schuette said the Miller v. Alabama ruling applies only to teenagers sentenced after 2012, and has sought to block parole hearings for the 350 juvenile lifers already housed in Michigan’s prisons on ground ...

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Michigan cities brace for a changing climate

Some Michigan cities are bracing for a climate change. In Detroit, six groups are planning to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. The Detroit Climate Action Collaborative is one of several efforts by cities to prepare for a warming climate linked to fossil fuel emissions. Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor Marquette and Ludington are among those planning for climate trends they are already seeing, said Luke Forest, pr ...

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Common Core: ‘We’re building the plane while we’re flying it”

Five-year-old Ryan had been up to the task of his kindergarten homework — copy each word five times and use each in a sentence — but his universe was upended when his teacher assigned him a new task: Look up the words in a dictionary and write their definitions. “I was so frustrated,” says his mother, Cristi Wijngaarde, a community organizer with the Vietnamese American Young Leadership Association in New O ...

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Portraits honor Black officials

The Wayne County Commissioners will commemorate February as Black History Month by exhibiting portraits of prominent African American officials with ties to Wayne County. The portraits will hang on the walls just outside the Commission Chambers in the Guardian Building from Feb. 3-28. The exhibit features David Augustus Straker, a Wayne County Circuit Court Commissioner and the first African American judici ...

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On Feb. 2 at approximately 12:30 a.m. in the Milwaukee/Woodward area, the 44-year-old male victim was leaving a local business when he was attacked and robbed by three suspects. Taken were a black wallet, containing ID and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency. The victim sustained minor injuries. WANTED: Suspect #1: Black male, 18-20, 5’ 11”, 200 lbs., dark complexion, beard, medium Afro; wearing dark blu ...

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Young Kenyan journalist, organizer of Earthfest felled by cancer

Crusading BBC journalist Anne Waithera of Kenya, stricken by cancer, passed away this week at the age of 39. Waithera was the first BBC bilingual — English and Swahili — reporter in Addis Ababa. Prior to working for the BBC, she worked at Royal Media Services’ Citizen TV and Nation Media Group’s Easy FM radio station in Kenya. BBC Africa editor Solomon Mugera described her as “a brave, well-organized and ta ...

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UN urges countries to shelter Somalis fleeing deepening war

The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to countries not to deport Somali asylum-seekers to their country of origin as the situation in southern and central Somalia is still unsafe and Somalis fleeing those areas are in need of international protection. Asylum-seekers who are forcibly returned risk persecution or serious harm, warned U.N. spokeswoman Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba. “Monthly fatalities fluctuated betwe ...

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