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Deconstructing Reconstruction

Children in elementary school often come home with the idea that the purpose of the Civil War was to end slavery, but if that were true why did it take Abraham Lincoln so long to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and why was it less than universally popular in the Union states? If you see the movie “Lincoln,” you get a much fuller picture of the contingency of emancipation, and of the difficulty of passi ...

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Malcolm X: The Farce on Washington

In the midst of the media frenzy around the 1963 March on Washington, history will not absolve us if we ignore Malcolm’s description of the March as “the farce on Washington.” This is because the radical rejection of integration into a society that has reduced human beings to commodities is as much a part of black American history as the liberal struggle to be accepted into it. ...

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King, East English to battle for PSL East

The two squads that clashed in the high scoring 51-48 PSL Final last year at Ford Field are again the top two favorites to fight it out for the PSL East crown this fall. Defending PSL Champion Martin Luther King Highand runner-up East English Village are expected to dominate the division and make the post-season playoffs. “I think we should have a pretty good year because we didn’t lose that much according ...

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Why farmers’ markets are important

Americans have come to know farmers’ markets as outdoor markets that are held so that farmers can sell their fresh produce to consumers. Farmers’ markets are seeing growth both in the United States and also in parts of Europe. They’re known as having flexible standards, with some imposing strict rules for prices, while others allow a more lenient condition for their vendors. A few reasons people shop at far ...

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Thoughts: After the 50th Anniversary

My wife really wanted to attend the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream speech.” However, after attending the 50th anniversary march in Detroit, and numerous other marches in DC, I resisted this time, opting instead to stay home and watch it on television. Perhaps, I sensed what the take-away would be. Many notable speakers offered inspiring oratory. Of ...

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Peace Movement Rally

The Peace Movement is on the move ­— going from one school to another to encourage, motivate and teach students about peace. One of many rallies planned for the year happened at Cesar Chavez Academy. Dr. Joyce Jones designed the program for students to feel free to express their thoughts on violence within their city and the peaceful way to end the violence. Peace begins by teaching young people early to, a ...

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Have we reduced fear in the community? This will be an important question for Detroit citizens to consider after the tenure of Emergency Manager-appointed Detroit Police Chief James Craig, and after the overall public policy experiment of emergency management. The appointment of Craig represents an attempt to improve city services for Detroiters, one of Gov. Snyder and EM Orr’s promises. Streetlights and sa ...

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King’s unfinished symphony of freedom

Last weekend we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best known for Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Dream.” Fifty years later, the dream challenges us yet. It is alive because it is not static. The dream of equal rights and equal opportunity, of being judged for character, not color, has transformed this nation. Much progress has been forged; much remains to be done. On ...

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After the March on Washington

The 1963 March on Washington was a pivotal moment for African Americans, a day when people joined to fight for jobs, peace and justice. More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington, coming by busses, trains and occasionally planes. They came despite the scourge of segregation, which meant that many who were driving had to carefully select the places they could stop and eat (actually most brought goodies ...

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What do you really expect?

Recently, I’ve been viewing world events with greater interest than usual. Although many of us either ignore or approach world events with a sense of hopelessness and helpless resignation, I believe it’s imperative for us to maintain awareness of how the U.S. government interfaces with the rest of the world in our name. I submit that when our government closes embassies for an indeterminate period, evacuate ...

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