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Rainbow PUSH Michigan urges the nation to join the Crusade for America

DETROIT — As violence continues to take the lives of many across the nation, Rev. D. Alexander Bullock and Rainbow PUSH Michigan remind citizens to meet in Detroit Aug. 25 for the Crusade for America Parent and Youth March. “The concern for public safety is growing at a rapacious rate,” Bullock said. “In the last week, 7-year-old Heaven Sutton was killed by a stray bullet in Chicago while selling lemonade a ...

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Detroit marketer gives free talk to help small businesses improve visibility

DETROIT — Small business owners often get frustrated with competing against bigger companies, feeling they don’t have the marketing budget to compete effectively. Chris Wechner of The Ultimate Analyst, an online marketing company, will lead a discussion at 4 p.m. July 12 in the Cooper Room of the Eastern Campus of Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD), 5901 Connor St. Wechnerwill explain ways to c ...

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Reimagine {r}evolution

Summer 2012 Detroit is a movement city. From the earliest resistance by the Obwandiyag people to English colonial empire, through the Underground Railroad a century later, the sit down strikes of the 1930s and the civil rights and Black power movement of the 1960s, Detroiters have collectively struggled for some of the deepest hopes of human beings. This summer is the 45th anniversary of the Detroit Rebelli ...

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CELEBRATING 67 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

Tuskegee Airman Burkes Berwin Esaw, Sr. and Julia Mae Esaw will celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary June 24. The couple both came to Detroit at an early age, lived on Brewster Street and were childhood sweethearts. They have four children and one grandson. Reader Opinions Janice Williams • janicewilliams207@yahoo.com JUN 29  •  God bless the both of you, and may the both of you have many more days and ...

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Youth voice concern for educational justice

Public high school students from Detroit, Highland Park and Chicago met June 13 at the University of Michigan Detroit Center as part of a national urban youth movement for educational justice. The students voiced their concerns about the lack of investment in public education and the lack of youth voices in setting an educational agenda for change. Students stressed the connection between schools and their ...

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40 years in the fight for peace and justice

Local church celebrates 40th Anniversary of Pastor Ed Rowe’s United Methodist ordination DETROIT — Detroit’s Central United Methodist Church will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Edwin A. Rowe, senior pastor, June 18 at 6 p.m. in Barth Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Detroit. A lifelong advocate for peace and justice, Rowe spent several years as a community organizer and Uni ...

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Bunche Academy students get their hands dirty

Planting gardens improve kids’ attitudes toward fruits and vegetables DETROIT — Bunche Academy in Detroit planted the first American Heart Association Teaching Garden in the state of Michigan as part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds. The school was selected based on various factors including geographic location, community need and school commitment. “This is the first step i ...

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Number of Black-owned gas stations in Detroit declines

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Twenty years ago, there were 15 Black-owned gas stations in Detroit. Today, there are three; two Mobil stations and a Shell. James Robinson, a retired Detroit Police Department (DPD) lieutenant, owns the Mobil station located on Woodward and Forest in the heart of Midtown. Robinson’s negotiating skills caught the eye of ExxonMobil executives and he ...

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Apple feud goes before city council

By Raina L. Baker Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — A local community group and residents of Palmer Woods clashed over apple trees at a May 29 City Council meeting. Members of People for Palmer Park and Palmer Woods residents packed the council chambers to have their arguments heard. The issue comes down to Palmer Woods residents unhappy with People for Palmer Park for planting apple trees without t ...

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‘Feed the People’

Detroit’s Red Carpet Backyard BBQ was held Memorial Day at Cass Park. The free event, sponsored by the United Supreme Council Northern Jurisdiction of Masons and the Shumake Friends & Family Foundation, fed many in the Detroit community and provided attendees with bags of groceries. Robert Shumake, founder of SFFF and USCNJM, says the event was created as a response to the economic downturn affecting ci ...

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