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Michigan Chronicle and the Detroit Public School League Football Coaches Association PSL All-City 2011 Team Page C-1 VOLUME 75 – Number 26 March 7-13, 2012 479 Ledyard • Detroit MI 48201 313.963.5522 $1.00 Atlanta Daily World joins Real Times Media Real Times Media (RTM), a Detroit-based multimedia company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic alliance with the Atlanta Daily World (ADW) newspaper in Atlanta, Ga. Under the terms of the agreement, RTM will assume full operational responsibility for the 84year old African-American publication this month. “Real Times Media is delighted to enter into this strategic alliance with the Atlanta Daily World,” said Hiram E. Jackson, chief executive officer, Real Times Media. “The Atlanta Daily World is one of the most storied and legendary newspaper franchises in America and Atlanta is one of the most important markets in the country.” Founded in 1928 by William A. Scott II, the Atlanta Daily World is Atlanta’s oldest Black-owned newspaper. For the full story, see page A-4. Former CBC Chair, Congressman Payne, dies Donald Payne, the first African American elected to represent New Jersey in Congress since 1988 and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, died at at 77 after battling cancer. A respected and Donald Payne powerful voice for the Black community, Payne was also among the strongest supporters of Africa in Washington, chairing the House Subcommittee on Africa as well as serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee. Daniel T. Wheatley services A memorial service for Daniel T. Wheatley, DDS, will be held on Friday, March 9, 11 a.m. at Gesu Catholic Church, 17180 Oak Drive, Daniel Wheatley in Detroit. It wil be preceded by a family hour at 10 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by Swanson Funeral Home. For additional information, call (313) 272-9000 or (313) 923-1122. WHAT’S INSIDE Obama’s star power (Page D-1) DETROIT POLICE CHIEF Ralph Godbee Jr., poised to intensify fight against crime. What is human life worth? Some Detroit neighborhoods of these men and women to give us a reason to have faith in them. Citizens have every right to expect quality work from fields. Something has to give. Our its police force — and to feel children cannot keep dying, our safe on the streets and in their seniors cannot continue be pris- homes. oners in their own homes, fearing to step out because of the likelihood of their becoming the next crime statistic. Our schools must not be battlefields. Our businesses should not have to operate in an atmosphere of fear. rapidly becoming killing fields By Bankole Thompson CHRONICLE SENIOR EDITOR Is human life worth arguing over a seat at a baby shower? Is it worth fighting over a cell phone or girlfriend? That is where Detroit currently is as violent crime continues to steal the lives of innocent children, making COMMENTARY them victims of conflicts — some so trivial that it is impossible to fathom — they had no role in. This is where the wisdom and the capability of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) is being put to the test. As these crimes are taking place almost every day, many are looking for The children were in answers from the police the wrong place at the before taking the law wrong time, some in a into their own hands. presumed safe place — their own homes. DPD should show us that under its leader, The rate at which Chief Ralph Godbee Jr., these atrocities are happening begs for a swift Bankole Thompson it can stem the tide of violence. and lasting resolution. It is everyone’s problem in that we We are always asked to have are all affected. faith in the men and women in blue We cannot concede our neigh- for putting their lives on the line to borhoods to those who have de- protect us. At the same time we must ask cided to make them their killing “It should not matter what one’s background is. We have not declared in this city that protection should be based on the economic scale, and that is not what the men and women in blue are sworn to do.” It is beyond a tragedy that children’s lives are being brought to an abrupt and violent end before they have even had a chance to really live. The shame is ours. In the case of nine-monthold Delric Miller, we perhaps have lost a boy who could have grown up to be among this city’s leaders. I’ve been listening to some of the analyses that have been given in the wake of the shootings, and I must confess some of it is just plain twisted. Most of them conclude that poverty is the root cause, so let’s just give up. No. It should not matter what one’s background is. We have not declared in this city that protection should be based on the economic scale, and that is not what the men and women in blue are sworn to do. They are expected to serve residents and businesses in this city regardless of who they are or where they live. That is why the intervention of U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and the various federal law enforcement agencies is welcome news. Criminals, and those contemplating crimal activity, are cognizant of the fact See NEIGHBORHOOD page A-4 Detroit Riverfront: Then and now By Jeff Alexander Faye Nelson’s office on the 17th floor of the GM Renaissance Center provides a panoramic view of the Detroit River and a daily reminder that the Motor City — despite its problems — is still capable of grand achievements. The proof lies in the Detroit RiverWalk, a sprawling walkway and bike path that transformed the city’s waterfront from an industrial wasteland into a recreational haven. Nelson, the CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, has shepherded the $300 million, privately funded project from the outset. The Detroit native said she is filled with Faye Nelson pride when she sees people using the RiverWalk for exercise, as a place to watch passing freighters and migratory birds, or simply to relax along the river. “Growing up in Detroit, experiencing the river and all of its wonder was a part of my childhood,” Nelson said. “It was really a challenge for me to be confronted by the major decline of our community, Andre Smith photos U.S. ATTORNEY BARBARA MCQUADE announced federal intervention last week to stop violent crime on Detroit’s east side. See RIVERFRONT page A-5 DEAN ROBERT M. ACKERMAN (left), Keith Center Director Peter Hammer, Judge Damon J. Keith, Aubrey V. McCutcheon Jr. and Deacon Robert Brown. Keith Center receives $56,000 donation from estate of John Thomas Hall Attorney Aubrey V. McCutcheon, Jr. and Deacon Robert Brown, trustees of the estate of John Thomas Hall, presented a check in the amount of $56,000 to Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the Keith Center recently. For more than 50 years, Mr. Hall and Judge Damon J. Keith served the congregation of the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church when it was located at 6125 Beechwood Ave., Detroit, under the pastoral leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Frederick G. Sampson II and the late Rev. Dr. Jesse J. McNeil. Mr. Hall was general superintendent of the Sunday church school for many years; Judge Keith served as an ordained deacon at the church. A retired U.S. postal worker, Mr. Hall died July 1, 2009, at age 90. He had no survivors. “I vividly recall the discussion between Mr. Hall and his caregiver, Deacon Emmett Grimmett, when plans for the Keith Center See CENTER page A-6


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