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37th Annual Salute to Black Scholars

Volume 44

Issue 19

May 12, 2019

Flint Mother Encourages Organ Donations Following Daughter’s Death

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer

For the 37th consecutive year, the Urban League of Flint will host the Salute to Black Scholars All STARS (All Students Trained And Ready for Success) on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1035 E. Carpenter Road, Flint. Since 1982, more than five-thousand students have been honored with a significant number of graduates receiving financial assistance and scholarships to pursue their college education. See story on page 7. Photographs of the graduates will appear next week in our May 19, 2019 issue.

A Day At The Lake

In March 2015, Amy Dutil-Wall received the news that a mother should never hear. Her three-year-old daughter, Estlin Luna, would die as a result of a horrific car crash that also left her husband in a coma for several weeks. When the doctors asked if she would consider donating their daughter’s organs Dutil-Wall said, “Yes.” The Flint native who now lives in Ireland was in town recently to share her story and meet Genesee County Clerk John Gleason who wanted to thank Dutil-Wall for donating her daughter’s organs. Estlin’s lungs were given to a toddler with cystic fibrosis. A 60-year-old man on dialysis received her kidneys. Gleason has been an advocate of organ donation since his own life Amy Dutil-Wall (center) talked about the donation of her deceased was saved by a kidney transplant in September 2001. daughter’s organs. Her parents are next to her in pink shirts. In the back (l to r) are participants Former Michigan State Police post

“It’s not as easy for parents of young children to do organ commander Phil Hart, County Commissioner (district 7) Dr. Martin donation. It’s a hard thing to think of, allowing your child to Cousineau, Rev. Kevin Thompson and Genesee County Clerk/Registrar be cut open and parts of them going off somewhere, but it is of Deeds John Gleason. Photo: L. M. Land an incredible thing for me to think of that there are literally parts of her that still exist in this world today. She’s our little super hero,” said Dutil-Wall. On Monday, May 6, organ and tissue donors were honored with a tree planting ceremony led by Gleason on the front lawn of the Genesee County Circuit Court Building. It was an emotional time for family members who attended the Living Tree ceremony. They used hand shovels of dirt to help plant a tree in memory of their loved ones who donated their organs to save someone else’s life. Becoming An Organ Donor To become an organ donor in Michigan, you may enroll using the Online Michigan Organ Donor Registry. You may also (l to r) Family members of Amy Dutil-Wall placed hand shovels of dirt sign up when you renew or request a replacement license or in memory of Estlin Luna. Many hands planted the tree that is now in front of the Genesee County Circuit Court Building. Photos: L. M. Land state ID card through ExpressSOS (Continued on page 7.)

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to Bethesda Temple on June 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m. to register for the 13th annual “A Day at the Lake” sponsored by the Flint Men’s Community Action Resource (MCAR). See story on page 7.

Junior Golf Program Starts In June

Registration is now open for The First Tee of Eastern Michigan’s junior golf program for kids ages 5-18 this summer beginning in June. See story on page 3.

Congratulations! Parents Eddie & Debra Williams celebrate their native son of Flint, Khayree Williams who will be walking at Ferris State University on May 9, 2019, to commemorate the completion of his coursework in the Doctorate of Community College Leadership Program. Khayree attended Flint Southwestern Academy graduating with honors in 1998 and matriculated to Grand Valley State University where he completed a Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management and Master’s in College Leadership. Williams presently works as the Assistant Dean of the Multicultural Student Development Office at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where he supports the retention and success of students of color. He also serves actively in such organizations such as Revolution Christian Ministries, President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Alpha Rho Sigma Chapter and Secretary of the West Michigan President’s Campus Compact. His ultimate goal is to become a college president and continue to sow into the success of students much like the community of Flint, MI invested in him!

Flint Promise Scholarship Program Expands

Flint Promise students can now attend Kettering University and the University of Michigan-Flint immediately following high school, provided they meet the schools’ admission requirements.

of Platinum Equity. Grants from the Flint Promise Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) are awarded to the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which manages the Promise program.

The added pathways will be available starting with the fall 2019 semester and build upon the scholarship program’s established partnerships with Mott Community College and the University of Michigan-Flint.

The program offers scholarships and support services to students who reside in the city of Flint and either graduate from a high school or complete a GED program located in the city of Flint, in 2018 or later. As a last-dollar scholarship, Flint “It’s exciting to see Flint Promise grow with these new and Promise goes into effect after grants and other scholarships expanded partnerships,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint have been applied and covers up to 100 percent of a stu& Genesee Chamber of Commerce. “The more options we dent’s college tuition, books and fees. can give our young people, the better we can prepare them “As Kettering University celebrates its centennial anniverfor vocational and academic success and help to grow the sary in Flint, we’re proud to partner with Flint Promise,” talent pipeline.” said Kettering University President Dr. Robert McMahan. Flint Promise first launched in 2018 through $2 million in “We often say that our success is linked to the success of combined gifts from the Consumers Energy Foundation and this city. By making Kettering’s world-class education more Tom Gores, founder of Flint NOW and chairman and CEO accessible to Flint students, we can (Continued on page 7.)


Flint’s Capitol Theatre Awarded Recognition for Historic Preservation The historic Capitol Theatre is a recipient of this year’s Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation. The richly detailed, ornate theatre – which reopened in December 2017 after a $32-million renovation – has emerged as the crown jewel of the performance arts and entertainment scene in the ongoing revitalization of downtown Flint. See story on page 7.


May 12, 2019

Religious Notes CANAAN BAPTIST CHURCH 910 E. Gillespie Street Rev. Charles Roots, Pastor Canaan Baptist Church will host the 11TH Annual Mother/ Daughter, Sisters & Friends Banquet on Saturday, May 11, 2019, 3:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. The theme is “I Am…. Because of the Great I Am!” ~ reference scripture is 1 Corinthians 15:10, “But God’s Grace Has Made Me What I Am!” Inspirational Speakers, Ministry Gifts of sign, mime, dance, song, and more, great food, fellowship, love gifts, photos, and give-a-ways for you to enjoy. All are welcome, including men. For more information or ticket donations, please call 810-814-7957.


Rev. Dr. Phillip D. Washington, Pastor/Presiding Elder Come join the celebration! Annual Women’s Day Celebration on Sunday, May19, 2019 from 10: 45a.m – 3:30p.m. Our theme is “Woman of God Stand Up” from Esther 4:16. Our a.m. speaker will be Dr. Alandra Washington, First Lady of Dozier Memorial; and our 4:00p.m. speaker will be Rev. Dr. DeBorah Holt-Foster, Pastor of Turner Chapel CME Church in Mt. Clemons, MI. Come and be apart of this glorious celebration of “Women in Pastels”. Come, worship and win the greatest prize of a true connection with God the Father and Jesus our Savior.

FIRST UNION MBC 7044 Fleming Rd. Rev. Archie Powell, Pastor The Pastor Aide Committee will host a Prayer Breakfast on May 18, 2019 @ 8:30a.m. There will be a free will offering. Come and share in this awesome time in the Lord. It’s Homecoming 2019! Calling all former and present members to a “Return to Fellowship Reunion” on Sunday, June 30, 2019 @ 3:00p.m. Come back home and enjoy the fellowship of family. For more information call Ruby Powell-Anderson @ 810-7875516, Presiding President of Pastor Aide Committer.

FATHER, SON, & HOLY SPIRIT MINISTRIES 3233 Thom St. Jesse Wilson, Jr., Sr. Pastor We invite you to come and celebrate an “Awesome Time in the Lord” on Sunday May 19, 2019 @ 4:00pm as the “Mother’s Ministry “celebrate their annual day of worship. Guest speaker for this anointed service will be our own Mother Denise Mason-presiding president. She will speak on “The Journey of a Mother”. Come and be blessed, encouraged and inspired. The Youth Ministry is sponsoring a TACO JAMBOREE! Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. We have several tacos. Taco, Nachos and Taco Salad. Come out and feast on Tacos while supporting our “Youth of Today and Tomorrow”. On May 17& 18, 2019 we will host a “Yard Sale” from 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. We have everything from clothing to small appliances, furniture and much more. If you would like to sell your goods, tables are available for $25. Contact Denise Mason @ 810-336-8286 for a more information

GALILEAN BAPTIST CHURCH 109 W. Holbrook Rev. Sean D. Payne, Pastor Join us on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at 10:00 am for our Pre-Mother’s Day Fellowship Breakfast and Book signing with First Lady Katrina Tillman of First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. This is a free breakfast so come out and be encouraged and uplifted. On Sunday, May 19, 2019 we will have our Women’s and Men’s Day Fellowship Praise and Worship Service. Special guest at our 11 am service will be First Lady Veronica Miller of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Baptist Church and at 3:00 pm our guest will be Pastor Alfred Harris Sr. and the Saints of God Church Family. Dinner will be served after morning worship.


3065 W. Coldwater Road 785-1899 Pastor Oscar W. Hare



2520 Dupont Street 810-424-3922 Rev. Charles W. Levy, Sr., Pastor

605 E Gracelawn Ave. 789-6563 Pastor Fletcher Johnson 742-1556




7004 Fleming Road 787-2731 Pastor A. Powell, Jr. 877-4568


3417 N. Saginaw Street 785-1702 789-3646 Pastor Daniel Bridges 2101 Lippincott Blvd. 238-5636 Rev. Sharinese Jackson


771 E. Pierson Road Pastor Dianne Beverly 785-6321

6009 N. Saginaw St. 789-6445 Pastor Alvin Bradford 233-6680


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1215 E. Downey 787-7099 Pastor Morris A. Collins, Sr.

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GOSPEL TEMPLE MBC 735 Wager Ave Rev. Michael Lewis

Rev. Michael & Sis. Cassandra Lewis

We the members of The Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church, cordially invite you to celebrate with us our: “Pastor’s 4th Anniversary”. The Theme: “A Pastor’s Love” Jeremiah 3:15. Our Worship Service will take place on Sunday, May 19th , 2019 at 4:00p.m. We are looking forward to a glorious time in the Lord and our prayers is that you will be able to celebrate and fellowship with us on our Pastor’s special day. 

GRACE EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH 3502 Lapeer Road Dr. Marvin Jennings Pastor Please come and join with us as we continue to celebrate our 53rd Anniversary “Christ in The Church”, Sunday, May 19th, 2019 @7:30a.m. & 10:00a.m. our guest will be Pastor Rabon L. Turner of Evansville, IN. On Sunday, May 26th, 2016 @ 7:30a.m. & 10;00a.m. our guest will be Pastor Arron Marble of Nashville, TN. For more information, please call the church 810-743-3900.

MACEDONIA MBC G-5443 N. Saginaw Road Elder Samuel Berry III Pastor The Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating its 84th Church Anniversary on Sunday, May 19th. The theme for this occasion will be, “84 Years of Living Stones.” During the 10:30 a.m. service, the Guest Speaker will be Pastor Dorian Cast of Life Application Ministries of Warren, MI. The celebration continues at 4:00 p.m. service where Bishop David Maxwell of Eliezer Temple Church of Lansing, MI will bring the message. Please join us for what promises to be a phenomenal praise and worship experience.

MT. CALVARY MBC 4805 N. Saginaw St. Reverend Dr. Henry L. Fuller, Jr., Pastor Mt. Calvary’s “Alpha House” a ministry to assist in the area of providing clothing for the family is open each week on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and can be reached at (810) 7872563 from 9:00 a.m. – to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MT. HERMON MBC G5283 Clio Rd. Dr. K. D Yarber, Pastor

On Mother’s Day Sunday May 12, 2019 Mt. Hermon M.B. Church will be preparing a delicious dinner for mothers and families!! You will not be disappointed!!  Why not bring your family and enjoy dinner in a Christian family atmosphere. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m. For more information please contact Chairwoman Sonya Aikins at (810)610-4942. Co-Chair Tonya Aikins at (810)893-4725 Church Phone (810) 787-8121. Be Blessed and be a blessing, come and celebrate Mothers on this day!!!!

NEW JERUSALEM FULL GOSPEL CHURCH 1035 E. Carpenter Road Elder Patrick W. Sanders, Pastor

ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH 2115 W. Coldwater Rd Rev. Michael Pettigrew, Pastor

The Mothers’ Board presents “A Mother/Daughter Style Show” on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. In the Rev. L. W. and Ella Owens Educational Center, 1035 E. Carpenter Rd. They will have vendors, performances by the “The Gardell’s Hustlers” and will serve Hors d’ Oeuvres. For tickets or more information please contact the church office at 810.787.8311.

St. Paul Baptist Church will celebrate its Men’s & Women’s Day on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 10:30AM. The Women’s Day speaker is First Lady Sonya Read of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor, Ralphael Read. The Men’s Day speaker will be Minister Antonio Davie of Bethel United Methodist Church, Pastor, Dr. Joy Moore. Everyone is welcome to come out, to worship, and to have a glorious time. For more information, please call St. Paul Baptist Church at 810-789-4382.

The New J’s Closet is now open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Giving away new and gently used clothing and shoes, located on the 2nd floor in the Rev. & Ella Owens Educational Center, enter through the C.O.F.Y. Center. For more information contact the office at 810.787.8311.

NORTHEAST MBC 715 E. Parkway Rev. James C. Fair, Pastor Northeast Church family will be celebrating their 46th Church Anniversary during the month of May. On May 19th our guest will be Living Body of Christ Ministries & Pastor Franklin Johnson. The celebration will culminate on May 26th. Guests will be Damascus Holy Life & Pastor Ira Edwards along with First New Life & Pastor Fletcher Johnson. Pastor Johnson will bring the message. Services are to begin @ 4:00p.m. We welcome you to join us as we thank and praise God for keeping us together as a church family for 46 years. TO GOD BE the GLORY!

QUINN CHAPEL AME CHURCH 2101 Lippincott Blvd. Rev. Sharinese Jackson, Pastor

TRUE GOSPEL MBC G-5390 Fairhaven St. Elder Malik A. Shabazz, Pastor Come join us for our Christian Women’s Fellowship Spring Tea “A Spring Cleaning of the Heart and Soul,” Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11:30a.m. – 1;30p.m. Sub-titles: The Beatitudes and the Fruit of the Spirit. We welcome women and teen girls to come and learn how to strengthen their Christian evangelism. There is no fee to attend. Donations are welcome. For more information and to RSVP, please call (810) 938-6899 or (810) 787-4000.

TRUE HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH 3116 W. Pierson Rd (Five-Fold Ministry Building) We present: Soup & Sandwich Saturday - Every 1st Saturday from 12-2pm. All are welcome!!!

UNITED MBC 6440 Clio Rd. Rev. W. C. Towner, Pastor

ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY Flint/Saginaw Alumni Chapter Scholarship Program will be held @ Bethel UM Church on Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 3:00p.m. Donation: $30 per ticket and dinner will served @ 3:30p.m. Honorees Community Activists: Rosia Anderson, Lillian Thomas, -Deputy Fire Chief Carrie Edwards-Clemons, Minister of Music Jermain Threlkeld, Authors Gerald Moore & Felicia McGhee-County Commissioner Brenda Clack, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Zeta Beta Omega Chapter Shirley Johnson, Gloria Boone from the City Clerk’s Office. Proceeds will be used to award a scholarship in memory of Mrs. Carl Weathers, former teacher of Flint Southwestern Academy. Contact Persons: Sarah 810-210-6368 or Adolphus 810-938-1640

“IT’S NOT TOO LATE CLASSMATES” Come and Celebrate Northwestern High School Class of 1969 50 Year Reunion (The Community is invited) Friday, June 14th~ 6:00 pm10:00pm ~ “Meet/Greet and Silent Auction” Saturday June 15th~ 6:00pm ~ “Dinner and Dance” (Tickets: $50.00 per person) All events held at, Holiday Inn Gateway Centre, 5353 Gateway Centre, Flint, MI, 48507. Proceeds from the “Silent Auction” will be given towards the “Children affected by the Water Crisis” Contact: Francine Dyes @ 810610-5515 or francine.dyes@ Marilyn Kennedy @ 810-9641515 or

A Flint Area Baptist You are invited! So please Church... join for our Mother/Daughter Brunch on Sunday May is seeking a part-time musician Founder’s Ball & Awards Cer- 12, 2019 from 10:00am who is efficient on both the oremony: “Celebrating Commu- – 12:00pm. Morning wor- gan and keyboard for their Sunnity Footprints”Pioneers, Trail- ship will follow @ 12 noon. day morning worship service at blazers, “Firsts & Pastor of the Come and be blessed and 11 a.m. The ideal individual is Year”. Holiday Inn Gateway experience the outpouring a worshiper in music and has Centre 5353 Gateway Center of God’s love through His a heart for God. Experienced Word for His People. Come persons need only apply. Send Flint, MI 48507. resume to dclarkenfrc@gmail. Honors will be presented on and be blessed. com. May 31, 2019 @ 7: 00p.m. Detailed information, including submission, nomiThe deadline for submissions to The Flint nation forms, sponsorships, Courier News is every Tuesday by noon. souvenir booklet ads, patrons and tickets are availPlease submit your news to: able by calling 238-5636 or email quinnasp@

SINAI MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1215 E. Downey Street Rev. Morris A. Collins Sr., Pastor On Sunday, May 19 we will be in fellowship with Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church for their Pastor & Wife Appreciation at 4:00p.m. Come Fellowship With Us For Our Women’s Day Weekend Extravaganza!!! Friday, May 24th Praise and Worship Service at 6:00p.m. th

Saturday, May 25th Women’s Day Brunch at 10:30am Sunday, May 26th Women’s Day Program at 3:30pm. This will be a blessed and inspirational weekend that you DON’T WANT TO MISS!!! All are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, you may contact the church office at (810) 787-7099.

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May 12, 2019

Around Town MCC Media Arts Students Win Top NATAS Awards

Registration Open for The First Tee of Eastern Michigan’s Junior Golf Program Registration is now open for The First Tee of Eastern Michigan’s junior golf program for kids ages 5-18 this summer beginning in June. Five program locations will be offered in Genesee, Lapeer and Midland counties, including IMA Brookwood Golf Club (Burton), Seifert Golf Center (Grand Blanc), Lake Nepessing Golfland (Lapeer), Castle Creek Golf Club (Attica) and NEW this season Currie Golf Course, Midland. Additional programs and play days will also run this summer at Swartz Creek Golf Course in Flint. The First Tee offers programs from Certified Instructors that teach the fundamentals of the game of golf. Fun activities are included in each lesson plan to teach proper technique and rules and etiquette while emphasizing the Life Skills, Core Values and Healthy Habits of The First Tee, values that are all inherent to the game of golf. “The First Tee Life Skills Experience is one of the unique features that differentiate The First Tee from other youth enrichment and junior golf programs,” explained Joe Simpson, PGA Professional and Program Director of The First Tee of Eastern Michigan. “It helps young people develop character by focusing on our Nine Core Values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment). These values are continually woven into the daily golf instruction. As participants work on different golf skills through practice and playing golf, they discover how skills essential to success on the golf course can help them flourish in life,” added Simpson. The First Tee of Eastern Michigan provides junior golf programming to kids 5 – 18 years of age. Registration fee for the summer programs are $100-$125 per participant and includes five weeks of instruction (classes held once a week), a tournament and season celebration banquet. First Tee participants can play golf at little or no cost at First Tee Play Days offered during the summer at various courses. For additional information on The First Tee of Eastern Michigan or to register for summer programming, visit the website at or call Diane Wojciechowski, Executive Director at (810) 249-7060. Registration is also available at summer program location sites.

16 To Receive 2018 MCC Student Writing Awards

Mott Community College (MCC) honored 16 students with the 2018 Annual Student Writing Awards at a ceremony April 18 at the annual Writing Awards ceremony. The awards are presented each year by the faculty of the English Department in the Humanities Division at the College. Awards are given in six categories. The 2019 award recipients are: Beverly Blevins Personal Essay Developmental Writing Award First Place was awarded to Teasheona Moore, of Flint, for the essay “My Apartment is on Fire” Second Place was awarded to Jhonny Escandell, of Flint, for the essay “Educational Journey from a Place of Need All the Way to America; Where Both Cultures Have Shaped the Writer I Am and Want to Be” Third Place was awarded to Youlanda Shearer, of Flint, for the essay “Self-Motivation” Beverly Blevins Reader Response Essay Developmental Writing Award First Place was awarded to Jennifer Hawkins, of Flint, for the essay “Mental Illness and Substance Abuse” Second Place was awarded to Aysha Gaines, of Flint, for the essay “The Battle Between the Two Mindsets” The Beverly Blevins Award for developmental writing students is given to winners of an annual student essay contest. Students in ACLT 074, ACLT 075, and ENGL 099 courses are eligible to receive these awards. Anna Bradley Short Fiction Essay First Place was awarded to Jaqueline Cervantes, of Imlay City, for the piece “Illuminate” Anna Bradley Non-Fiction Essay First Place was awarded to Starr Payne, of Clio, for the

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piece “The Day I Met You” Second Place was awarded to Rebekah Adams, of Ortonville, for the piece “Transformation of Life and Death” Third Place was awarded to Ian Brazier, of Flushing, for the piece “The Empty Seat” Anna Bradley Research or Critical essay First Place was awarded to Ryland Lambert, of Grand Blanc, for the piece “What are Identity Politics?” Second Place was awarded to Nicolas Brandes, of Davison, for the piece “Destroying Utopia” Third Place was awarded to Hue Thi-Kim Mai, of Fenton, for the piece “Why do so Many Vietnamese Americans Work in Nail Salons in the U.S.?” The Anna Bradley Writing Award is given to winners of an annual student essay contest, open to all students for pieces in the fiction, non-fiction essay and research or critical essay categories. The Bommarito Family Award Yvonne Morrow of Flint will receive The Bommarito Award which is given to a student in the developmental writing program who mirrors the qualities exemplified by former MCC English professor, Joseph Bommarito, who died in 2003. The award winner must exhibit such strengths as positive spirit and attitude, strong work ethic, helpfulness to others, creative facility of self-expression and writing skill, contributions to an outstanding classroom environment and ability to more than meet life's challenges. Mott Eats Writing Awards Best Food Memoir was awarded to Rachel Pintacura, of Flint, for the piece “Grandma’s House” First Runner up was awarded to Courtney Morales, of Holly, for the piece “My Christmas (almost) Without Dinner”Second Runner up was awarded to Adrianna Martinez, of Flint, for the piece “Sweet Summer Barbecue” All first place award winners will have their names placed on a plaque in the Humanities Division office. Runners-up are given certificates of achievement.

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Cliff Groat: Winner for Best Editing Cliff Groat, of Waterford, (center) with three of his fellow crew members (L-R) Julian York, of Flushing, Mike Tomchuck, of Flint and Levi Bamford, of Columbiaville, for the student-made short film "Trial By Fire." Sybyl Non fiction film: Best Long-Form Non-Fiction winners Elexis Burton, of Davison, Julian York, of Flushing, and Jovan Brown, of Mount Morris. Four Mott Community Col- a true industry litmus test lege (MCC) students took as our students pursue cafirst place awards for ex- reers working in television, cellence from the National radio, film and multimedia Academy Television Arts & production. For community Sciences (NATAS) Michi- college students to be nomgan Chapter. Julian York, of inated, and win, alongside Flushing, Jovan Brown, of well-established baccalauMt. Morris, and Elexis Bur- reate programs at schools ton, of Davison, won Best such as Michigan State, The Long Form, Non-Fiction for University of Michigan, their video titled "The Sybyl Central Michigan, Madonna Atwood Award,” and Cliff and Ferris State University Groat, of Waterford, won and the Center for Creative Best Editing for the MCC Studies speaks volumes, student-made short film not only about our Media Arts program at MCC, but "Trial By Fire.” NATAS honors the best tele- about what our students can vision and video high school achieve," Rembiesa added. The winning students are and college students in the state annually. The first place enrolled in MCC's advanced trophies represents a first- courses in Television & Production place win for the program Commercial for the third year in a row. and Cinema Production. In “The caliber of work our these courses, students gain students create is very high. valuable experience creatI’m very proud of all of our ing films, television shows, students and how hard they and commercials developing work,” said David Rembie- skills they can use for casa, Coordinator of the Me- reers working in the media dia Arts and Entertainment industry. The student films (MAET) Program for MCC. can be found on the MCC “Since all entries are judged Media Arts program Youby working industry pro- Tube channel titled “MAET fessionals, the awards are Studios.”

MCC Chef Mentors Two Aspiring Chefs Through ACT-SO Competition

Two area high school students mentored by Mott Community College Chef Matthew Cooper competed in a local competition of the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics program April 4th. Two of the three

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students competed. Ethan Martinbianco, a senior at Lake Fenton High School, earned a Bronze Medal, and Abigail Rankin, a junior at Linden High School, received an Honorable Mention. ACT-SO is a year long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. MCC’s Culinary Arts program is the Official Culinary Instruction Provider for all 11th and 12th grade students in Genesee County, in partnership with the Flint Branch NAACP ACT-SO and Genesee Career Institute Culinary Program. The Flint group is one of 11 official Culinary ACT-SO units in the nation.


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May 12, 2019

States ARE Repealing Laws that Cap Financial Aid to Low-Income Families

Teresa Wiltz The caps are supposed to dissuade welfare recipients from having more children. They haven’t worked. Since the 1990s, nearly half the states have denied additional cash assistance to low-income mothers who have more children while receiving welfare. But in recent years, so-called family cap laws have fallen out of favor. Last month, Massachusetts became the latest state to repeal its family cap, when state lawmakers overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. Massachusetts joins New Jersey, which effectively repealed its cap last year as part of its budget — after two previous attempts were vetoed by former Republican Gov. Chris Christie. California repealed its maximum family grant rule in 2016. Six other states — Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming — have repealed their family caps since 2002, according to data compiled for Stateline by the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that tracks the laws. Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia still have family caps in place, according to the Urban Institute. Critics of the caps point to research showing they fail to dissuade welfare recipients from having additional children. Instead, researchers say, they can harm children’s health and development and deepen poverty. According to the Children’s HealthWatch, a nonpartisan team of researchers and pediatricians at Boston Medical Center, families of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who were subject to Massachusetts’ family cap reported more household and child food insecurity and poorer health among children.

The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law came to a similar conclusion in a 2016 study. It found that family caps didn’t decrease the number of children born on public assistance and pushed families further into poverty. In Massachusetts, the repeal means that a family will receive an extra $100 per additional child each month, according to the Department of Transitional Assistance. The law, which took effect immediately and is retroactive to Jan. 1, will affect 8,500 children, according to the agency. The monthly payment for a family of three in Massachusetts in 2018 was $593, while a family of four received $691. The repeal will cost the state an additional $13 million a year. “While $100 a month isn’t going to lift someone out of poverty, it’s a real concrete difference in being able to meet a family’s needs,” said Naomi Meyer, an attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services. Meyer said the cap forced many Massachusetts families to scrimp on basics. She says parents have told her they delayed changing their babies’ diapers to save money, did their laundry in the bathtub and walked for miles to the grocery store because they couldn’t afford bus fare. “These are really heartbreaking, devastating

stories,” Meyer said. But critics argue that repealing the caps will cost states more, discourage self-sufficiency and reward families for having more children. “There are families in Massachusetts who don’t qualify for public assistance who decided not to have more children even though they may want them, because they won’t be able to afford them,” said Paul Craney, spokesman for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a nonprofit that advocates for fiscal responsibility. “Why should those who receive public assistance not have to make the same hard decisions?” State Rep. Colleen Garry, a Democrat, was the lone vote against repeal in the Massachusetts House. “We need to remember the middle-class people we represent,” Garry said. “At some point, enough is enough. I personally have friends who would have loved to have more children, but they knew they could not afford the cost of raising additional children. There needs to be responsibility and accountability amongst individuals in the commonwealth.” When he vetoed the New Jersey family cap repeal, Christie said the caps provide for equal treatment of welfare recipients and other residents, “who do not automatically receive higher in-

comes following the birth of a child.” New Jersey lawmakers last year effectively repealed the cap as part of the 2019 state budget, and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has proposed doing the same in next year’s plan. The state Senate last year approved legislation that would make the repeal permanent, but it is currently in committee at the Democratic state Assembly. History of the Cap The family cap laws came out of the push to overhaul state and federal welfare rules in the 1990s. The idea was to discourage out-ofwedlock births and encourage self-sufficiency. New Jersey was the first to implement family cap rules in 1992, followed by Arkansas, California and Massachusetts in 1994. As part of the federal welfare overhaul in 1996, Congress replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). The new law capped the amount of time a family could be on public assistance and instituted work requirements. The federal law allows states to opt out of the family cap. In the intervening decades, most states, even those without caps, have declined to increase welfare benefits. Inflation has eroded the value

of cash assistance, forcing 99% of TANF recipients to make do with less, according to a January report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning think tank based in Washington, D.C. But Ife Floyd, a senior policy analyst at the group, said more states are becoming aware of the connection between family cap rules and poverty. New Jersey took things a step further and increased welfare cash assistance by 10% in December. Floyd also believes that some state leaders want to distance themselves from racial stereotypes that swirled around the implementation of the caps. Critics have long argued the family caps are rooted in racist tropes about “welfare queens” deliberately having more children to collect more cash assistance.“We’re in a different era,” Floyd said. The caps can be complex and vary greatly from state to state, according to the Urban Institute. In some states, families are exempt if they can prove a child was conceived because of rape or incest. Other states penalize mothers who have additional children soon after they begin receiving benefits. California’s cap, which included the rape and incest exception, was a violation of families’ privacy because it forced women to prove they had conceived because of rape or incest or because their birth control had failed, said Jessica Bartholow of the Western Center on Law & Poverty, a California-based research group that advocated for repeal. “You’re going in to ask for help with rent because your employer didn’t give you enough hours,” Bartholow said, “and they’re asking you how your child was conceived.” Ron Haskins worked on the 1996 federal welfare overhaul as a Republican aide to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. Now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Haskins said there was bipartisan support for a family cap in the 1990s, when out-of-wedlock births were skyrocketing among all Americans. “You could say that all those policies could have a racial motivation, but it wasn’t a huge part of the debate,” Haskins recalled. “Why should taxpayers pay individuals to have babies outside marriage when they’re on welfare already? And most Americans would support that reasoning.” But Haskins said that if he were working on the legislation today, he’d be “hesitant” to support the family cap. “It’s pretty tough and creates hardships for families,” he said. “And poverty isn’t good for kids.”

Flint Fire Dept. Offering “Camp Fire” Summer Camp Starting in June, the City of Flint Fire Department will offer the first ever “Camp Fire” Summer Youth Camp for girls and boys ages 12-17 years old that reside in Flint and surrounding communities. “My goal this summer, for all youth, all over the city of Flint, is to make sure that they are involved in an activity that is both fun and educational,” said Flint Mayor, Dr. Karen Weaver. “It is never too early to introduce a child to a possible career pathway for them to consider and if nothing else, teach them at an early age to respect the heroic work that firefighters do.” “Camp Fire” is a two-week program aimed at providing girls and boys with a comprehensive, intensive overview of the firefighting profession. The program is very physical, hands-on and intense. Girls and boys will have the opportunity to do things that they may never have done before. Cadets will gain a confidence and inner strength that comes through accomplishment and success, free of charge to participants. “Our mission is to provide young girls and boys a safe environment to gain strength and knowledge while building confidence and leadership skills,” said Fire Chief Raymond Barton. “We will accomplish our mission by bringing in the best instructors and staff that we can, and by continuously evaluating and updating the program to meet the needs of the cadets and to reflect current NFPA safety and training standards.” Another goal of the summer camp is to improve academic performance, school attendance, and address behavioral concerns. “It is our hope that the long-term effect of the program will improve academic performance, school attendance, graduation rates and attitudes,” said Deputy Fire Chief, Carrie Edwards. “We believe that showing youth what they are capable of helps them recognize and unleash their potential, which can change the trajectory of their life.” Participants can sign up for the program by visiting the city of Flint website and downloading an application.


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Romans 11:11-24 Golden Text: Boast not against the branches, But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Romans 11:18 Lesson Outline: I.Result of Stumble Romans 11:11-15 II. Outcome of Brokenness Romans 11:16-21 III.Possibility of Restoration Romans 11:22-24 Introduction: "It's Complicated" A Bible-knowledge quiz might ask this seemingly straightforward question: "How many apostles were there?" Many would quickly respond "12." That familiar answer is based on Gospel texts such as Matthew 10:2; Mark 3:14; and Luke 6:13. A better answer is "it’s complicated." After Matthias replaces Judas (Acts 1:25-26), Barnabas and Paul are called apostles (14:14). Paul himself then may have designated Andronicus and Junia as apostles, depending on how the sentence structure of Romans 16:7 is understood. Then there are the cases of the Lord's brother James (Galatians 1:19), Silas (Acts l7:4; I Thessalonians 2:6), and even Jesus himself (Hebrews 3:l)! Were we to take the time to sort through the issues of the designation apostle, we may 6nd the answer "it's complicated" to be less and less flippant and more and more appealing as we go along! We don't have to dig very far, however, before we reach the ironclad conclusion that Paul was an apostle under any definition of that word excepting that he was not of the original 12. His commission and authority to that office came directly from Jesus himself (Acts 9:1-6, 15; Galatians 1:1). His approach to the problem addressed in todays’ text is similar. At one level, it's a complicated issue. Complications fall away and conclusions become ironclad as Paul uses an analogy from everyday life to focus on the main issue that then serves as a touchstone for all "but what about . . ." complications. Lesson Context: Paul, Jews, and Gentiles The observations in the Lesson Contexts of the previous two lessons still apply, so that information need not be re-

peated here. But as Paul's letter to the church in Rome crosses into chapter 9, a new issue occupies his thoughts: the problem of Israel. Fewer than 1 percent of Christians today come from a background of Judaism. But that was not the case in Pauls’ day. Initially, the majority of Christian believers were of that background. The church in Rome had a mix of Jews and Gentiles. There were apparently significant numbers of both, with evidence suggesting that those of Gentile background were in the majority (compare Romans 1:5, 6,13;11:13; 15:11). This put Paul in a unique position to address the church in Rome, a congregation he had never visited. His educational background was that of a learned Jewish rabbi. He had earned this distinction from having studied under Gamaliel, one of the best Jewish teachers of the day (Acts 22:3; compare 5:34). This gave Paul great credibility with any informed Jew. Yet Paul had devoted much of his efforts to evangelizing Gentiles (Romans 15.15, 16; Galatians 2,8, 9; Ephesians 3:8). He even defended their legitimacy as believers before the gathering of "apostles and elders" known as the Council at Jerusalem (Acts 15:1-4). These actions resulted in Paul's having great standing among believers of Gentile background. Both groups in the church in Rome would therefore listen to Paul. And it was important that they did so as he continued to address the issue of relationship between Christians of different backgrounds. In Romans 9:1, Paul began to work through a heartbreaking reality: great numbers of his own Jewish people had rejected the Jewish Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. Paul's missionary travels had resulted in not just disinterest, but ferocious rejection (see Acts 14:19;17:5;18:6). Why? Paul turned to Scripture to find the explanation. From Romans 9:1 to 11:10 he quotes from (what we call) the Old Testament 25 times. Given that there are only 64verses in this section, that's about one Old Testament quote every two and a half verses! Those texts reveal, among other things, Israel's long history as a "disobedient and gainsaying people" (Romans 10:21; quoting Isaiah 65:2). Romans 11:7-10 summarizes 9:1-11:6 by concluding that the proclamation of the gospel has resulted in two camps among the people of Israel: those who accept the gospel are "the election," while those who do not are "the rest . . . blinded"' The significance of all this is the subject of today's study. Lesson Context: Olive Trees Today's lesson text features an analogy involving olive trees. In the Mediterranean world of Paul s day, olive trees were found all over: from Jerusalem to Antioch to Corinth to

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Rome. The produce of these trees had several uses. Olives, themselves, were food. Olive oil had value for cooking and as fuel for lamps. It had ceremonial and medicinal value. The value of olive trees is attested in Jotham's parable where-in an obvious ranking of most valuable to least-an olive tree, a fig tree, a vine, and a bramble are asked in turn to reign over the trees. The olive tree's answer is, "Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?" (Judges 9:9). Olive tending was a serious and profitable business. I. Result of Stumble Romans 11:11-15 11a. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? The phrase I say then introduces implications of Romans 11:7-10 regarding Israel's division (see the Lesson Context, above). In so doing, Paul acknowledges that the widespread unbelief of his fellow Jews is indeed a stumble. But he does not see this trespass as unrecoverable. When we combine the words stumbled and fall with the "spirit of slumber" ascribed to Jewish unbelievers in Romans 11:8, we have a picture something like that of a person sleepwalking. He is oblivious to hazards in such a state. A family member screams a warning of a hazard the sleepwalker does not see. The sleepwalker, nor yet fully awake, pays no heed and trips. He is on his way to the ground, with no hope of regaining his balance in time. Right? 11b. God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. God forbid, says Paul. Recovery is possible because of two connected results of Jewish unbelief. First, as the Jews have rejected the great salvation message of the gospel, it has impelled Paul to offer this message unto the Gentiles (see Acts13:46; 18:6;28, 28). Paul has found many Gentiles gladly receptive of the gospel (13:48). Contrasting the use of the word fall here with that word in the first half of the verse is important. The Greek noun behind the second instance of fall is elsewhere translated "offence(s)," "sin(s),"and "trespass(es)," and those inform the sense here (examples: Romans 5:15-17). To be sure, Israel's lack of faith is sinful. But repentance and forgiveness are still possible, as Paul goes on to establish. Second, the Gentiles' receptivity to the gospel can serve as an incentive for Jews to believe as well. When we see someone receive a benefit, our impulse is to want that benefit too! Jewish unbelievers, seeing Gentile lives radically changed by Christ, will want this change and joy in their own lives (compare Deuteronomy 32:21, quoted in Romans 10:19). 12. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and

the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? Paul often characterizes the benefits of Christian faith as riches (compare Romans 2:4; Ephesians l:7; 3:8). The gospel's gracious offer of salvation through faith represents the greatest spiritual treasure in the universe! But most Jews are leaving this offer on the table. Their diminishing is accompanied by the "unspeakable gift" (2 Corinthians 9:15) being offered to the Gentiles. Since that’s the as-is case, when would it not be better still were Jews to accept the offer as well? Paul's vision is grand here. Imagine if all Gentiles and Jews accept the salvation made possible through Christ! This would include every single person on earth. We gain a glimpse of what motivated Paul with such extraordinary passion as to suffer as he did for the sake of the gospel. 13-14. For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: if by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. Paul addresses the Gentiles in his readership with a direct appeal: he intends to do everything in his power to provoke to emulation them which are of his flesh for the sole purpose of saving some of them. By implication, the Gentiles’ part is to live in such a way that Jewish unbelievers will want to have what they have. 15. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? By casting away of them Paul refers to the Jewish refusal to believe in Christ. As he has already shown, the Jewish unbelievers are culpable for this, but it also fits into God's plan for the reconciling of the world, the inclusion of Gentiles into the people of God (see Romans 5:11; 2 Corinthians 5:19). What a great marvel would it be if,, as a result, Jews come to faith! It would seem miraculous, like life from the dead. II. Outcome of Brokenness Romans 11:16-21 16. For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. Paul now reasons with two examples tied to Jewish history. First, bread making is considered. The lump in his illustration is the final dough ball that is ready to be baked. This process begins with grinding grain to make flour. Moses had commanded the people of Israel to take the first fruit, a portion of this flour and make a loaf that was to be offered to the Lord (Numbers 15:17-21; compare Nehemiah 10:37; Ezekiel 44:30). Paul considers this act of offering to be making the first fruit loaf holy, and, by extension, this holiness can be applied to

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the whole batch of flour and its resultant bread loaves. The second illustration has to do with a tree, its root and its branches. Branches are dependent upon the health of a tree's root system. If the root dies, so will the branches. Branches detached from the main tree and its root will die (compare John 15:4-6). Paul has in mind here a family tree, the tree of the nation of Israel. In a sense, Israel is continually blessed and made holy by the covenant God made with its great patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (see Exodus 2:24;Leviticus 26:42).If the essential root of the tree (the patriarchs) is considered holy, this holiness extends to any branches attached to the tree. 17-18. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Paul expands this analogy of a holy tree and its branches to imagine some of the branches being broken off. This may be from pruning or wind damage, but branches removed from a tree are usually unhealthy or unproductive. Such branches are fit only to be firewood (John 15:6). If an olive farmer cuts off some unproductive branches, it could be for the purpose of grafting on new, healthy branches from a wild olive tree. This description fits the Gentiles well, for they have been growing wild, apart from the supervision and care of God given to Israel for hundreds of years. These new, grafted branches will be productive only if they tap the root and fatness of the olive tree. The new branches must receive water and the nourishment of the soil from their new host. They have been given a huge upgrade from their scrubby wild tree origins. They flourish because of the new tree, not the other way around. Paul's word to the Gentile believers is to remember that their inclusion in the church allows them to be recipients of the great blessings the Lord has lavished on Israel for centuries. They, with faithful Jews, are now fellow heirs of God's promises (Ephesians 3:6). There is no justification for boasting about status (compare John 4:22). 19-20. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear. Paul continues to warn his Gentile readers to consider God's purpose in all of this. The word Well indicates that those who make the argument the branches were broken off that might be grafted in are correct up to point. What they miss is the reason those Jews were broken off: it was because

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of unbelief This is not a cause for being highminded (proud), as if the Jews have been humiliated by God so Gentiles can feel superior. Instead, this is a cause for fear, realizing how dire their situation was and how gracious God has been to them. 21. For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Arrogance that displeases God can result in more pruning! What has been grafted in (the Gentiles) can just as easily be removed. III. Possibility of Restoration Romans 11:22-24 22. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. Paul reflects that this situation reveals a paradox: God is good and severe at the same time. While the analogy of the olive tree is still in view here, this is more akin to presenting God as a parent. Parents know there is a time to show great love and kindness to a child, but also a time when discipline is necessary. Severe discipline does not negate the love of a good parent. To receive the kindness, the child must be obedient. Continuing in God's goodness is a matter of continuing in the faith. As with the unbelieving Jews, unfaithfulness risks being cut off for the ingrafted Gentiles. 23. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. Unbelieving Jews have been cut off, a display of Gods' harshness. But they can be grafted back in, included anew, if they change unbelief to belief. God's kindness is ready and waiting for them. There is still time and hope. 24.For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For Paul, there is an unnatural sense to bringing the Gentile believers into the people of God, perhaps like mixing metric and standard tools. It works, but doesn't always seem to fit right. The churches of Paul's day struggle with things like food forbidden to Jews being served at church functions (Galatians 2:11-12). Basic understandings of things such as one God, personal holiness, and respect for Scripture are assumed by Jews but are foreign to Gentiles. Their religion and behavior is wild by nature in contrast. Pauls’ vision is not just Gentile inclusion, but a return of fellow Jews. The tree would then thrive as never before. What a magnificent tree it would be! What a glorious church we would see! Thought to Remember: God is still able.

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The Urban League of Flint Announces the 37th Annual Salute to Black Scholars ALL STARS Scholarship Tribute

The Urban League of Flint has recognized and rewarded African American high school students who maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during high school through recognition and scholarship with the Annual Salute to Black Scholars Tribute. Since 1982, more than five-thousand students have been honored, with significant number of graduates receiving financial assistance and scholarships to pursue their college education. For the 37th consecutive year, the Urban League of Flint will host the Salute to Black Scholars All STARS (All Students Trained And Ready for Success). The 2019 Salute continues the legacy of motivating the community at large to demonstrate support and recognition of Black Scholars graduating from Flint and Genesee County High Schools. Urban League of Flint All STARS have attended some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country and are now engaged in diverse careers such as Education, Law, Medicine, Banking and Finance, Public & Private Administration, Information Technology and Entrepreneurship. The 37th Annual Salute to Black Scholars will take place on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1035 E. Carpenter Road, Flint, MI 48505. The All STARS reception will begin promptly at 5pm followed by the Salute at 6pm. For more information on the Urban League of Flint’s 2019 Salute to Black Scholars All STARS Tribute please contact Sandra Johnson, All STARS Program Chair at (810) 262-1205. Be sure to see the photos of the 2019 Black Scholars in the May 19th issue of The Flint Courier News.

Flint Mother Encourages Organ Donations (Continued from page 1.) or when you obtain a replacement or renew your driver›s license or ID card at a Secretary of State office. Michigan law supports your right to make your own donation decision - no further consent is required once you enroll on the registry. However, it is still important to talk to your family about your desire to be an organ and tissue donor, so it is aware of your intention and to avoid any delays or confusion. At the time of death, if you have joined the Michigan Organ Donor registry, your family will be approached and informed of your wishes. If you are not already registered, your family will be asked to consider the option of organ and tissue donation. A donation coordinator from Gift of Life Michigan will explain the donation process and answer questions.

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A Day at the Lake, Get Your Youth Signed Up!

Also new this fall semester is the option for Flint Promise students to enroll directly at the University of Michigan-Flint. Previously, students had to earn an associate degree or transfer certificate from Mott Community College before transferring to UM-Flint in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. “The Promise partnership is a tremendous example of how collaboration can make a significant positive impact community wide,” said Kristi Hottenstein, UM-Flint vice chancellor for enrollment management. “We are proud to now become a full partner with the Promise Scholarship as By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer part of our long-standing commitment to promoting a college-going culture and to make a University of Michigan Are you looking to have your children attached to something other than electronic devices this summer? If so, you’re eneducation more accessible to Flint students.” couraged to bring your boys and girls to Bethesda Temple Flint Promise recipients may also use the scholarship at on June 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m. to register for the 13th Mott Community College as they pursue a certificate or asannual “A Day at the Lake” sponsored by the Flint Men’s sociate degree. Community Action Resource (MCAR). “Mott Community College is honored to continue its support of Flint Promise and its scholarship recipients,” said MCC This initiative takes place every summer over two fun and President Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “This is an outstand- informative weekends. The first weekend kicks off with a ing way to reach Flint students, including those who may training day at the church on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. not have previously considered college to be an option.” Lunch is included. Volunteers from the community come in The numbers reinforce that sentiment. In fact, of the 74 stu- and teach the fundamentals of fishing, fish cleaning, the craft dents supported by Flint Promise in the program’s first year, 34 of knot tying and casting. Michigan Department of Natural Resource fishing regulations and boater safety will be dispercent are first-generation in their families to attend college. cussed as well. The second weekend takes place in mid-MichBy increasing access to college, programs like Flint Prom- igan at a private camp on Shay Lake for their fishing derby. ise have the potential to significantly impact the community. According to research  from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for “A Day at the Lake” began as a community initiative to Employment Research, Promise programs can help increase teach and empower young men, helping them develop lifecollege enrollment, strengthen local school districts and long problem-solving skills in a practical way. The program foster local economic development. has now expanded to include girls. Fishing is just the door “Flint Promise ensures that all Flint students can graduate to foster great relationships to begin the process of mentofrom high school knowing that a college education is acces- ring. The elements of fishing offer many vital skills needed sible to them,” said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. “That kind in everyday life. The boys and girls learn to compete and of assurance inspires hope and creates opportunity for the win prizes all while experiencing a personal sense of refuture. I look forward to seeing how our community grows ward and achievement that will be with them for a lifetime. from this long-term investment in our youth.” Enrollment for the scholarship is now open, with a deadline When the participants complete the entire training day, the of July 15 for first-year students enrolling in the fall semester. boys are invited to join MCAR the following Friday, June 7 to go to Shay Lake for an overnight Fishing Derby. As a bonus, “Flint Promise now provides increased access to three out- they will receive their very own fishing rod/reel and a full standing local colleges and universities,” said Isaiah Oliver, tackle box, which can be used on the Saturday’s fishing Derby, president and CEO of CFGF. “Thanks to the generous support taking place on June 8, 2019 where more prizes can be won. of Tom Gores and Consumers Energy, an entire generation of Flint students has a clear pathway to higher education.” The girls will have a separate fun-filled community/ For more information about Flint Promise, visit theflint- family day event at Shay Lake on Saturday, June 22. “We will allow every single young man to attend at no cost but we seek donations to defray the cost of the prizes, the food, transportation, and the lodging at Camp Genesis on Shay Lake in Millington, Michigan. Last year we hosted 60 young men for this event and we would love to have more this year,” said Hubert Roberts the director and program mentor.

Flint’s Capitol Theatre Awarded Recognition for Historic Preservation

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“Our mission is to reach a younger generation in need of leadership and positive role models. Through our Day at the Lake, we are able to share valuable experiences, a positive attitude, and insights with young boys and girls who may not have a father figure in their life.

The goal is to show the power of community love and unity through action, facilitating change and taking a stand to improve the outlook of this community through the mentoring of young men and women. We have a capacity of 80 to 100 Visit for more information on The history of the theatre is not only important for the sense and we would love to reach that. We just want to give back becoming an organ donor. of place and pride it promotes but is critical in the overall to the family and our community,” Roberts said. vision of a resurgent city.

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“This is truly an honor for the City of Flint and for all of the hard work and craftsmanship that went into restoring this gem to its original splendor,” said Tim Herman, president of Uptown Reinvestment Corp., which redeveloped the facility and supervised its renovation. “The Capitol Theatre is a real hit for Flint & Genesee, and it would not have been possible without the great partnerships that were forged to make it all possible.” Mark Sinila, chief operating officer of the Flint Cultural Center Corp., echoed Herman’s remarks. “The Capitol, along with being an architectural jewel, is a state-of-the-art performance arts theatre. It is a tremendous addition to our portfolio of entertainment venues in Flint,” said Sinila, interim director of The Whiting, which manages theatre operations.

Questions may be directed to Bethesda Temple at 810-2390982 or visit for more information about the program. Rev. Jimmie Whitaker is the Pastor. Bethesda Temple is located at 947 Leland Street Flint, MI 48507. “The collaboration between the nonprofit sector, Michigan Economic Development Corp. and private foundations underscores the hard work needed to bring a complex project such as the Capitol Theatre rehabilitation to fruition,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian D. Conway. “Careful attention was paid to restoring many of the historic features of the building and auditorium while modernizing it for today’s audiences. This project has brightened the community and the Flint area has a new destination for education and entertainment.”

The Capitol was designed by the world-renowned architect The Michigan State Historic Preservation Office selected John Eberson and constructed and developed by WS Butterfield Theatres, Inc. in 1928. Built in Italian renaissance the Capitol Theatre project for: style, one ceiling was designed after the outer vestibule of • Showing a commitment to “doing the job right” reSt. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome and interior walls recreate flecting the highest preservation standards and ethviews of buildings that evoke old Italy. ics; • Reflecting a spirit of cooperation and teamwork by The Governor’s Awards for Historic Preservation are bringing together varied partners; presented in May during National Historic Preservation • Leveraging the SHPO/State Archaeology programs Month and recognize, among others, developers who or expertise or other state incentive programs; transform underutilized historic structures into vital • Having strong support from and/or direct involve- economic assets while striving to preserve Michigan’s ment from community members. important historic and cultural resources.


May 12, 2019

Great Lakes Baptist District Senior Oratorical Contest Winner Advances

Jikira Robbins, winner of the Great Lakes District Baptist Youth Department Senior Oratorical Contest. Above: Genesis Bingham (Princess age 7-9) Mt. Olive M.B.C.; Right: Jerielle Booth, Jr. (Prince) Mt. Hermon M.B.C.; Trinity Robbins (Debutante Queen) Mt. Calvary M.B.C.; William Read (Debutante King) Mt. Calvary M.B.C.; Alexandria Read (Princess age 1014) Mt. Calvary M.B.C.

Congratulations to Jikira Robbins, winner of the Great Lakes District Baptist Youth Department Senior Oratorical Contest held on Saturday, April 29, 2019 who moved on to compete on the State level of the Georgia Jackson Scholarship Senior Oratorical Contest, held at the Trinity Baptist Church in Pontiac on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Again, Jikira prevailed as the “1st Place Winner”. She will now move on to compete during the Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc., on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Jikira is a member of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Henry L. Fuller, pastor. She is the daughter of Katonya Houston and Jimmie Robbins and the granddaughter of Earl and Diane Crowder.

Famous Rodeo Drive in Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw Community Renamed Obama Boulevard

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By Naomi K. Bonman, West Coast Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- This has been an active year for the African-American community, as far as street dedications are concerned. From Nipsey Hussle Square to ‘Ruby Dee Place’ and ‘Ossie Davis Way’, and now Obama Boulevard, The Great Lakes District Baptist Youth Department held its this is a positive vibe that appears to be gaining momentum Annual Debutante~Princess~Prince Pageant & Senior Ora- as Los Angeles named a 3.5-mile stretch of road after fortorical Contest on Saturday, April 27, 2019. This gala fel- mer President Barack Obama.  lowship was hosted by the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist After a successful fundraising campaign by Black Lives Church, Rev. Dr. Henry L. Fuller, Jr., was the host pastor. Matter Youth Vanguard co-founder, Thandiwe Abdullah, We congratulate and commend all of our Pageant winners. Obama Boulevard finally became reality on Saturday, May Winners as well as ALL participants were the recipients of 4 during a block party festival in the Baldwin Hills/Crenscholarship awards. shaw neighborhood. During the festival the renaming of Rodeo Road to Obama Boulevard took place. The Great Lakes District Baptist Youth Department Annual Pageant & Senior Oratorical Contest

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“A lot of people will say it’s just another street, but for me, being 15 years old, a black child looking up and seeing the name of the first black president in my own hood---that gives me hope,” Abdullah stated. “That gives me inspiration to step into my fullest purpose, and I know it does for so many others who look like me.” The celebration was commemorated with performances by Sheila E., Doug E. Fresh and local artists from around the city, as well as word of acknowledgments from elected officials, which included: Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sen. Maria Elena Durazo and U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass.

Local Celebrity to Wed in Flint

(Flint, Mich.) - Excitement is building for the wedding of Ira Dorsey and Laiondre Larry. Better known as “Bootleg” from the Flint-based rap group The Dayton Family, Dorsey will be marrying his fiancé Laiondre Larry later this month. The wedding will take place at Triumph Church Flint Campus on Saturday, May 25 at 4 p.m.   The epic celebration will include a bridal party made up of 30 of their closest family Men will be his brother, and friends.  Dorsey’s Best Eric Dorsey, and sons Adair and Arian Dorsey. Laiondre Larry will be joined by two Maids of Honor, including her daughter, Alondra Dorsey, and her aunt, Shuronda Brown.  She will also be joined by her cousin Tashika Weston who will be her Matron of Honor.   Ira Dorsey is the son of Catherine and Ira Dorsey Sr.  A founding member of the hip-hop group The Dayton Family, Dorsey continues to make music today. He has transitioned to the role of a community leader in his work with Flint-area youth. His most recent community effort was coordinating the city-wide youth talent show ‘Flint Has Talent’.   Laiondre Larry is the daughter of Phyllis Leslie and James Larry.  She works in the OB/ GYN department at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor.    The wedding will take place on Saturday, May 25 at 4 p.m. at Triumph Church “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to Flint Campus. The church is located at 1657 Broadway come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kind- Blvd., Flint, MI 48506. Any ness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household questions about the ceremony may be directed to Ira and does not eat the bread of idleness.” – Proverbs 31:25-28 Dorsey at (734) 352-0315.

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