DDOT is hiring drivers and mechanics

DDOT is hiring drivers and mechanics

The Detroit Department of Transportation is looking for qualified drivers to join the department. Some of the qualifications include having a valid Michigan Commercial Driver Licen ...

SURVEY: Do you oppose or support the Great Lakes Water Authority?

SURVEY: Do you oppose or support the Great Lakes Water Authority?

The newly-created Great Lakes Water Authority will soon control the regional system of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. ...

GUEST EDITORIAL: Place the Black dollar under arrest

GUEST EDITORIAL: Place the Black dollar under arrest

More than one trillion Black dollars are acting inappropriately, committing economic crimes against Black people. They really need to be controlled and contained before they destro ...

Incoming Asian companies to boost Detroit’s Economy: Is Detroit ready?

Incoming Asian companies to boost Detroit’s Economy: Is Detroit ready?

Across metro Detroit, suppliers, logistics firms, engineering offices, medical companies and other businesses are weighing their options. Hedge their bets in the suburbs or ride th ...

Detroit Design Fest returns

Detroit Design Fest returns

Over 500 designers will be featured at more than 30 events throughout the week, Sept. 23-28, organized by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. ...

Detroit artist Gilda Snowden joins the ancestors

Detroit artist Gilda Snowden joins the ancestors

By Steve Furay Special to the Michigan Citizen Gilda Snowden, a matriarch of the Detroit art world, joined the ancestors Sept. 9 at the age of 60. She died of heart failure. An edu ...

Techonomy: Race and the new economy

Techonomy: Race and the new economy

By C. Kelly The Michigan Citizen Technology is fundamentally changing the world in which we live. Just as the 1880s Industrial Revolution transformed public infrastructure and the ...

Charles Douglas Waterman

Charles Douglas Waterman was born Feb. 8, 1943 to parents James and Daisy Waterman in Detroit. His birth mother died of Tuberculosis when he was only 5 years old. He was reared and cared for until the end of his life by his Earth Mother, Margaret Waterman, also known as Rae’Rae’. His dad, James, known as Jimmy, preceded him in death. Additionally, Charles’ sisters Wilma Douglas and Barbara Reid and brother, ...

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Gerard Grant Phillips

Longtime public servant, political consultant passes away at 55 Native Detroiter worked with city, county and many of the state’s political hopefuls DETROIT — Gerard Grant Phillips, a longtime public servant and political consultant with a larger-than-life personality, died Sunday, May 8 at Detroit Receiving Hospital due to complications from pneumonia. He was 55. Over the course of a 35-year career, Philli ...

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Robert A. Shakir

Robert A. Shakir was born May 30, 1915 in Ensley, Alabama to the late Henry and Amanda Jarvis. Robert was one of eighteen children; sixteen of whom proceeded him in death. Today, only one sister remains, Viola W. White of Akron, Ohio. They were a close knit family, yet each lived in different states. Truly a person of high standards, Bob loved to read, study, fish, hunt and was an avid gardener. Maybe you t ...

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Juanita M. Shakir

Juanita M. Shakir was born July 18, 1926 in Smithville, Georgia to the late Clarence and Maggie (Thomas) Raines. Juanita was one of seventeen children; sixteen of whom preceded her in death. At age seventeen, she moved to Detroit, married and was raising three sons. After divorcing, she began working in the restaurant industry as a cook. While cooking at a diner, she met Robert A. Shakir who introduced her ...

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Elsie Louise Gillian Dwight

March 27, 1922 – March 23, 2011 Elsie arrived on Planet Earth March 27, 1922, under the astrological sign of Aries. She often quoted Shakespeare’s admonition to, “Beware the Ides of March”; this became a very empowering statement for Elsie and other March Arians. Elsie was baptized at Second Baptist Church of Detroit, where her parents were married by the late Rev. Robert Bradby. Later in life she became a ...

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The National Lawyers Guild and The ‘Civil Rights Revolution’ of the 1960s

By Dave Riddle Edited by Tom Stephens “You ask what the point is. I think that the point is that this is much like Germany at the beginning of Hitler’s rise — fear, police intimidation and summary arrests. I don’t want you or any other kids to grow up in America in those circumstances.” -A Presbyterian Minister in a letter to his sons about Hattiesburg, Mississippi, January 1964 “I blame the people in Washi ...

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Beyond the rhetoric

A strategic solution to Black unemployment By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist It is no secret that this recession has been especially difficult for Black Americans.  The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor show that while unemployment among whites is at about 8.8 percent, that number is nearly double — 15.8 percent for Blacks, and among all Black men the rate is nearly 20 percent. That is based ...

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Michigan, 1945-68

An Illustrated Timeline Compiled by Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Pt. IV of IV This week, The Michigan Citizen presents the conclusion of historical features writer Paul Lee’s addendum to his 2007 illustrated timeline of the Michigan visits of Dr. Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, which we are publishing in celebration of Dr. King’s 81st birthday. This final part pays particular attention to ...

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Michigan, 1945-68

An Illustrated Timeline Compiled by Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen Pt. III of IV In January 2007, in celebration of the 78th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Michigan Citizen published a two-part, five-page illustrated timeline by Highland Park historian Paul Lee on the visits to Michigan by Dr. King and his wife, Coretta Scott, from 1945-68. The series was republished in 2009. Since i ...

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Rabble rouser: The FBI conspiracy against H. Rap Brown

By Paul Lee Special to the Michigan Citizen The following is the conclusion of a revised, updated version of an article on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) conspiracy against Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, known during the 1960s as the firebrand Black Power advocate H. Rap Brown, which originally appeared in The Michigan Citizen in the April 7th-April 13th and April 14th-April 20th, 2002, issues. P ...

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