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Food, Conviviality and Commerce

By Dan Carmody Since 1891, Eastern Market has served two key functions in the city of Detroit. It has been the center for local agriculture and food systems, and a place where Detroit residents and businesses enjoy easy access to the bounty of Michigan harvests. The district around the market hosts nearly 80 food businesses that benefit from being in close proximity to each other. This cluster of food busin ...

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Judge Gerald Emerson Tilles

Judge Gerald Emerson Tilles died on Aug. 9 at the Trinity West Medical Center in Rock Island, Ill., after a lengthy illness. Judge Tilles was a graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit and held bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctor degrees from Wayne State University. He served as an administrative law judge and chief magistrate, specializing in workman’s compensation during the administrations of ...

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Faruq Z. Bey, 1942-2012

Faruq Z. Bey, a dedicated Islamist and influential jazz saxophonist, joined the ancestors June 1 He was 70. Bey was born Feb. 4, 1942 to Jesse Davis, Sr. and Lina Davis, both now deceased. Faruq served in the U.S. Navy and the Air Force and was discharged honorably. He accepted Islam as a way of life in 1968 and was one of the founding fathers of the Masjid As Salaam Community. He made important contributio ...

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Bella Irene Marshall Barden

Beloved city official Bella Irene Marshall died in her home May 1. She was 62. Bella, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on March 11, 1950, moved to Detroit’s east side when she was 8 years old. She attended Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School, where she was active in youth activities, athletics and civic projects. After graduating high school with honors, she attended Wayne State University in 1972. She the ...

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Remembering Elizabeth Catlett

By Joan H. Allen Special to NNPA from the Daily Challenge NEW YORK — Elizabeth Catlett, an icon in the civil rights and Black arts movements, died April 2 at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She is best known for her Black expressionist sculpture and prints and images of Black family and leaders during the 1960s and ‘70s. Born the granddaughter of slaves, Catlett was a woman of many groundbreaking accomplish ...

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Mrs. Oar Delois Lewis Harris

Mrs. Oar Delois Lewis Harris was born on Oct. 21, 1934 in Eutaw, Ala., to the late Ellis Tubbs and Elizabeth Lewis Long. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Ezekiel Baptist Church in Eutaw. Mrs. Harris spent her childhood in Eutaw, where she attended Green County Training School in Bogilee, Ala. She later moved to Bessemer, Ala.; she then migrated to Detroit. Mrs. Harris was employed by Detr ...

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Services for Shrine’s Cardinal Changa Kagia

May 18, 1921 – Feb. 4, 2012 Thomas Eugene Williams was born in Detroit on May 18, 1921 to Martha and Raymond Williams. He was the eldest of six children. Thomas attended Northwestern High School. He became a top executive with the Detroit Water Board and served for many years where he rose from a clerical position to a mayoral appointment. Thomas showed leadership ability very early in life and was sought o ...

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Ol’ Ghetto Revolutionary Soldier of the Whole World

Henry Edward Moscow Beamon Gemini with Leo Moon May , 23 1931 to Feb. 7, 2012 The creative sparks that flowed through Henry Edward Moscow Beamon II made him a genius. His brilliance is evident in the phrases he coined, the materials he fashioned for the execution of his work and in the conception, formulation and expression of ideas. By his ninth year, Henry had known three portentous circumstances: Family ...

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Sam Logan, iconic Michigan Chronicle publisher, dies at 78

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from Target Marget News Sam Logan, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, one of the nation’s largest and oldest African American newspapers, died Dec. 28 at his home in Detroit. The cause of death is unknown. He was 78. For nearly 40 years, Logan championed the interests of Detroit’s African American community, gaining the respect and admiration of allies and foes for his ...

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