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49 years later, Blacks still pressing to ‘overcome’

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire It is called the anthem of the civil rights movement, no doubt sung at every major march and rally during the 1960s — including at the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963, 49 years ago this week. A sure sign of progress was when President Lyndon B. Johnson used its words amid his Voting Rights speech before Congress March 15, 1965: “We shall overcome,” he declared t ...

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Emergency experience

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen Voters across the state of Michigan face a number of critical ballot questions this November. Detroiters, as well as people in other communities who have experienced the effects of emergency managers, have a special responsibility to advocate for the repeal of Public Act 4 (PA4). This legislation gives the state authority to appoint managers that set aside loca ...

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Under EM, schools not ready to open

DPS board stunned Roberts told judge schools were set By T. Kelly The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Stunned that Emergency Manager Roy Roberts had misled the court into believing the schools were ready to open, the elected Detroit Board of Education moved to right matters at its special called meeting Aug. 16 at Frederick Douglass Academy, the former Murray Wright. “Are we ready to open?” Board President Lamar ...

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RED HOOK SUMMER

In theaters Aug. 31, filmmaker Spike Lee returns to his roots with “Red Hook Summer” the sixth film in his Chronicles of Brooklyn series. The film tells the story of Flik, played by child actor Jules Brown, who travels from the suburbs of Atlanta to spend the summer with his preacher grandfather in the rough Red Hook, Brooklyn neighborhood. Lee says he chose that neighborhood because it’s where co-writer Ja ...

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DPS will retain ‘site-based management’ schools

Staff Report DETROIT — Detroit Public Schools Board of Education President Lamar Lemmons says the board will not attempt to rescind Emergency Manager Roy Roberts implementation of “self-governing” schools. An Aug. 14 court ruling by Third Circuit Court Judge John A. Murphy restored the elected Board’s official oversight of academics in the city’s besieged district. Lemmons says, after hearing a presentation ...

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EAA unveils curriculum

Other educators say EAA misleads and parents still in dark By Marcus Wright The Michigan Citizen The Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA) unveiled its computer learning model to the media Aug. 17. Computer learning is a key component of the new district. The EAA representatives say “the new computer learning model will be a critical part of the learning system at all 15 EAA schools in the new ...

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Voter ID supported most by those with negative attitudes toward African Americans

Special to the NNPA from the Tri-State Defender Support for voter identification laws is strongest among Americans who harbor negative sentiments toward African Americans, according to a new National Agenda Opinion Poll by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication. Voter ID laws require individuals to show government-issued identification when they vote. The survey findings support rec ...

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School dilemma

The Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan, the new statewide district created to “turn around” the 5 percent lowest-performing schools in the state, is beginning to hold meetings to promote itself. Will you or would you send your child to an EAA school? It doesn’t really matter what it’s called — DPS, charter, EAA, whatever. I want children to have the best educational experience possible. I’m a pro ...

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Democratic questions

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen The elected Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Board moved swiftly to regain academic control of our schools. Under Public Act 4 (PA4) the elected school board was stripped of all financial and academic power, but it continued to meet in public settings and to discuss issues. As a result, the elected board was able to address urgent questions facing it. Their actions ...

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City resources outsourced

Council questions transfer of DWDD’s, DWHP’s fiscal responsibilities By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Financial and administrative duties previously handled by the Detroit Department of Workforce Development (DDWD) and the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) will now be carried out by nonprofit entities — a move City Council alleges is a power grab, as well as a violation of the ...

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