‘Our unfinished work’

‘Our unfinished work’

So that’s the world we’ve got to reach for — the world where every single one of our children has the opportunity to pursue their measure of happiness. That’s our unfinished work. ...

Get ‘A Piece of the Action’: New album by DJ Butter and DJ Dez spotlights Detroit hip hop

Get ‘A Piece of the Action’: New album by DJ Butter and DJ Dez spotlights Detroit hip hop

DJ Butter explains the album is an opportunity to give Detroit artists an opportunity to work “with artists that have sold tons of records and collaborate." ...

Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Always Brewing open mic uplifts Detroit talent

Detroit’s open mic scene remains a vibrant part of the city’s arts community, and the Thursday evening spotlight at Always Brewing Detroit, a community coffee shop at 19180 Grand R ...

Detroit EM transfers authority  to mayor, council

Detroit EM transfers authority to mayor, council

After two days of closed door meetings with the City Council and Mayor Mike Duggan, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has transferred all authority back to the executive and legislative ...

EDITORIAL: ‘Dear Livonia’ and the self-determination mayor

EDITORIAL: ‘Dear Livonia’ and the self-determination mayor

On the campaign trail, candidate Duggan said self-determination was a central value and guiding principle in his campaign to become Detroit’s mayor...This week, Mayor Duggan faces ...

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

Thinking for Ourselves by Shea Howell

This process has starkly revealed Duggan’s strengths as a technocrat and his weaknesses in looking “honestly” at the real situation Detroiters are facing. The primary goals of Dugg ...

Michigan GOP limits public debate

Michigan GOP limits public debate

This campaign season, Republican candidates appear to be running from public forums. It took several weeks and considerable wrangling to schedule one debate for the executive candi ...

Western wins showdown with Cass Tech

Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 3 Renaissance wins two of three in PSL play; King sweeps Southeastern; Henry Ford races to 7-0 By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Western International (3-0 divisional, 8-4 overall) kept their grip on the Mega Division of the Detroit Public Schools with key wins over Cass Tech on April 17 and Mumford on April 20. The Cowboys swept a doubleheader ...

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Crockett Tech stays hot

Girls softball roundup — Week 3 Cody edges Henry Ford 12-8; Southwestern wins key matchup; Henry Ford bounces back with 19-8 rout of Northwestern By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Crockett Tech pitcher Terricka Byers continues to throw fireballs from the mound as the Rockets (4-0) are keeping in step with PSL East leaders Cass Tech, King and Southeastern. The senior pitched ...

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Our human capital

Urban schools are often imagined as inadequate or failing and the children in them as young people with little opportunity who can barely read (according to an oft-cited and incorrect illiteracy rate in Detroit.) Detroit students have continually had to challenge this stigma by excelling in their academic accomplishments as individuals or protesting the circumstances that create “failing” and “illiterate” e ...

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Teams prepare for PSL divisional play

Boys Prep Baseball Roundup — Week 2 Technicians off to 4-1 start; Henry Ford shows promise with 4-0 record By Harry M. Anderson, Jr. Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — If there’s going to be a team that challenges Western International this year, it’s Cass Tech, with its deep pool of talented underclassmen. The Technicians, under the direction of head coach Robert Custard, are off to a 4-1 start befo ...

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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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‘Right-wing gangster move’

At a public forum hosted April 10 by the NAACP, Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis indicated city services would improve under the approved Consent Agreement (CA). Lewis and supporters of the CA say residents should expect transportation and lighting, among other city services, to improve. Impossible promises for an administration that announced just two days later massive cuts to the already reduced city budget. The ...

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Consent Agreement is a shameful betrayal of citizens

By Sen. Bert Johnson As legislators, sometimes one option is bad, but another is worse. Sometimes circumstances dictate our decisions rather than our own feelings or intuition. As I made clear to the Detroit City Council before their vote to approve Gov. Rick Snyder’s consent agreement, this was not one of those instances. Not only was approving the agreement unnecessary, it was a total abdication of respon ...

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The roots and responsibilities of Black Power

Local historian warns Detroit City Council of danger of disunity By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Following is a statement by Highland Park scholar and Michigan Citizen historical features writer Paul Lee, which was prepared for delivery at the Detroit City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 3. The meeting addressed the threatened takeover of the government of the majority-Black city of Detroit by ...

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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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Get off your knees!

Council is letting itself be bullied into signing a “consent agreement” when they don’t have to. Not only are they forfeiting their responsibility to govern, but they are tying the hands of all elected officials for the next five years. Doing Gov. Rick Snyder’s bidding rather than the will of those who elected them, it seems five weak council persons — ignorant of the civil rights history that put them wher ...

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