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HP: Snyder pushing to merge city with Detroit

Highland Park city officials are determined the city will not be dissolved into Detroit. That, they say, is the true motivation behind Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement Jan. 30 that a financial emergency exists. “We are the third and last domino,” said Councilperson Rodney Patrick in an interview. “Hamtramck and Detroit are under emergency managers. If we get one, the governor has all three and the merger is ...

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The significance of the Black Church in American history

The Black Church and the Black Movement in America have always been bound by an unambiguous umbilical cord. Denmark Vesey, an African who was enslaved in South Carolina, was a co-founder of a branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1817. He later planned a rebellion in the United States in 1822. Richard Allen, an abolitionist, business owner and activist, founded the African Methodist Episcopal ...

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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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Winter Blast 2014, at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, Feb. 7-9, is expected to attract more than 85,000 people. Detroit’s music scene will be on display on three stages, with more than 50 entertainment acts performing. Many signature winter activities are returning: the 200 Foot Snow Slide, free ice-skating in Campus Martius Park, Professional skating demonstrations, unique sculptures in the ice ga ...

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Honoring Mandela — Detroit style

The fight against South African apartheid brought together activists across the globe. Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor of Hartford Memorial Baptists Church, was one of the Detroit’s most strident opponents of apartheid. On Feb. 9, he will be the keynote speaker at “Praise Song for Mandela,” a celebration of the life of the South African freedom fighter and statesman at Charles H. Wright Museum of African Ameri ...

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Detroit Public Library, Detroit Historical Society commemorate the DPL’s 150th Anniversary

The Detroit Public Library commemorates its upcoming 150th Anniversary with a new exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum titled, The Detroit Public Library: 150 Years of Serving Detroit and Beyond. The new exhibit is currently on display until April 13 in the Museum’s Community Gallery and serves as a kick-off to the library’s Sesquicentennial celebration in 2015. The exhibit, which opened Jan. 25, pro ...

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Detroit mentors celebrate National Mentoring Month

In celebration of January being National Mentoring Month, Detroit area mentor turned social entrepreneur Rasheda Kamaria, held a Mentoring Month Mix and Mingle Jan. 25 at D:hive located in Detroit’s central business district. The event was an opportunity for mentors and mentees to learn about different mentoring organizations, take part in mentoring exercises and games along with a presentation from mentor ...

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Detroit contractors invited to bid on M-1 RAIL construction

Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., the construction manager for the M-1 RAIL Woodward Ave. street car project is soliciting bids for local contractors to work on M-1-related construction projects. Based in San Francisco, Calif., Stacy and Witbeck has built numerous streetcar and light rail projects across the country. The firm has been engaging Detroit community participation through meetings with contractors and joi ...

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