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Detroit: No stop-and-frisk here

Detroit Police Chief James Craig’s implementation of the stop-and-frisk policy has local organizations concerned. Human rights organizations including the Michigan National Action Network, Council on American Islamic Relations Michigan (CAIR-MI), Alliance for Immigrants and the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality convened at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan Sept. 5 to discuss the ...

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Economic justice

Gov. Rick Snyder must begin paying attention to diversity and inclusion — it must be a priority. If the only growing populations in the state are communities of color, the future of the state — literally — depends on it. We will not build a sustainable or viable economy if resources and dollars are organized by race and gender. We will continue to be racially and economically segregated, crippled by our ina ...

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Tour de Troit keeps rolling

In 2002, while having a drink at Detroit’s Baltimore Lunch, Mike Kiewicz and Edward Potas, dreamed of organizing a bicycle tour of Detroit. They had recently ridden a borough tour of New York City on bikes and thought a similar event would be perfect for their hometown. Their daydreams realized within the year, the inaugural Tour de Troit introduced 50 riders, from the U.S. and Canada, to the grandeur of th ...

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Jazz abounds in Motown

Balance, diversity, and intergenerational connections — along with a dollop of panache — have always been among the quests for the annual Detroit Jazz Festival, and its 34th annual edition accomplished these goals with acts to spare. Neatly interwoven in the four-day Labor Day event weekend were such notables as Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner, Ravi Coltrane, Joshua Redman, Charles Lloyd, Lee Konitz, Geri Allen, a ...

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Love of sport keeps drag racer Noel Felton on track

He hasn’t made much money drag racing, but the smell of burning rubber, the sounds revving engines, the scent of oil and racing fuel has kept local drag racer and mechanic Noel Felton on the track since his high school days at Mackenzie High in the early 70s. Although he is 60 years old, Felton isn’t thinking about packing it in and getting out the rocking chair just yet. The love of cars has never left him ...

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King edges East English in two OTs

The game between Martin Luther King Crusaders and East English Village Bulldogs was in its second overtime period. King’s Raymond Mitchell had made the big play in the first overtime when he helped block a 25-yards field goal attempt by running back Nathaniel Boleware. Once the Crusaders’ defense stopped the Bulldogs, the King offense took over. When King’s quarterback James Speight handed off to running ba ...

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Dr. King Asked Kennedy for Second Emancipation

In October 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy took an after-lunch stroll through the elegant hallways of the White House residence. Their meeting that day was not official: it was not in the White House’s appointment book, and King had not been formally invited to discuss any sort of business. It was instead a guarded and rather stilted introduction for leaders of professed goodwill, ...

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Detroiters begin resistance to the Emergency Manager

Last week, in this column, Attorney Alice Jennings wrote: “As I watched the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1963 March on Washington last week, I realized that the civil rights movement of the 1950-60s, which changed this country so profoundly, emerged out of resistance to the legislation and practices of the Jim Crow South; “And I envisioned an equally historic movement that can now be built out of res ...

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It takes more than books for kids to learn

All schools were open Sept. 3 across the city of Detroit. However, prior to opening day, the Detroit Public Schools Office of School Nutrition was hard at work creating menus to meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) school meals requirements. The new healthy food standards are the results of federal legislation passed in the Healthy and Hungry Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The act explici ...

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Detroit Design Festival 2013

The Detroit Design Festival begins next week with a variety of creative showcases that offer a new outlook on the future of the city. From Sept. 17 until the 22nd, venues throughout the city will host events spotlighting the work of Detroit-based designers. “Design means something to everyone,” says Melinda Anderson, a coordinator for the festival working through the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. “Art i ...

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