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2013 inaugural address

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What ...

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Slum Village to release ‘Dirty Slums Volume 2’

No other hip hop group in Detroit history has a legacy like Slum Village. For decades, Slum Village has been an industry force that has influenced nearly all popular artists in hip hop today. Along with legions of fans, hip hop musicians such as Kanye West, The Roots, Common and Big Sean consider the group that started in Conant Gardens in 1993 as one of the most influential of all time. ...

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God’s House

All in the Family: Improvisational architecture in the work of Beverly Buchanan “Beverly Buchanan’s artworks are full of humanity, depicting the grace of everyday lives and the power of the human spirit. They remind us of our abiding connections to the places we call home,” writes curator Marianetta Porter of the work of artist Beverly Buchanan. Buchanan’s work is on display through Feb. 1 at the Department ...

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Dale Rich Collection presents Emancipation Proclamation exhibit

Nationally acclaimed photographer, historian, genealogist and activist Dale Rich will present “Thenceforward and Forever Free: The Emancipation Proclamation,” a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of that historic document signed in 1863, Feb. 2, from 1-4 p.m. The presentation will feature a powerful multi-media exhibit showcasing historically important paintings, photographs and other documents illustra ...

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For 27 years we have observed civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday, celebrating his life, works and death on the third Monday in January. This year on Jan. 21, states nationwide will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy. The second inauguration of the first Black president, Barack Obama, will also be held on the same day. We can give thanks to Congressman John Conyers, musician ...

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Lawful citizens in a lawless state

When an emergency financial manager was imposed over Detroit in 2009 and he quickly assumed dictatorial powers, we did not get really angry, gather en masse and force the issue. Instead we played by the rules and filed a lawsuit without real funding and waited a year for it to wind through the courts as our district was plundered. ...

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Black Detroit 21

What role will African Americans, as a majority population, play in Detroit’s ongoing development? This is one of the questions considered at “Black Detroit 21” curated by Odie Rynell Cash. The art exhibit will also address questions of identity, sexuality, protest and transition in the 21st century. ...

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