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Business giant’s passing leaves a void and a rich legacy John W. Barfield, a legendary entrepreneur who founded Bartech, a leading workforce management and staffing solutions provider to Global 500 firms, passed away at his home in Ann Arbor on Jan. 2. Barfield, who had enjoyed an active lifestyle after retiring from Bartech, who saw family members daily and enjoyed good health, died of natural causes at the age of 90. He would have turned 91 on Feb. 8.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (center) at the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to protest lack of full voting rights for African Americans. From left are civil rights activists Ralph Abernathy, James Forman, Jesse Douglas and John Lewis.

John W. Barfield With his death, Southeast Michigan and the nation have lost a brilliant ambassador for business development and wealth creation, as well as a passionate philanthropist who loved to serve those less fortunate. Barfield and wife Betty formed Share Products Co. in the 1990s as a business whose profits supported charitable giving to the homeless. The Barfields also were active supporters of nonprofits such as UNCF, Spaulding for Children, the Rotary Foundation and the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti. John Barfield was known as a pioneer of corporate America’s minority supplier development programs, having formed companies that were successful contractors to the major automakers and other industrial giants. He launched John Barfield & Associates in 1977, with a staff of students who updated engineering documents at General Motors’ Willow Run facility in Ypsilanti. By 1984, Mr. Barfield expanded the company and renamed it The Bartech Group, finding success in the engineering

Freedom ain’t free

The most important lesson of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Keith A. Owens Senior Editor

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”

Freedom is hard work, because evil simply does not sleep.

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And then it is about taking direct action. Voters, especially black voters, took action in one of the reddest states in America when they got rid of Roy Moore last month and paved the way for Doug Jones in a victory no one could see coming. Voters in Virginia took action that same month when they elected Lt. Governor Ralph Northam over Ed Gillespie in a decisive victory that left no doubt

Come November, the midterm elections will provide Americans with a number of opportunities to send a lot of messages to Trump, hopefully of the sort that cannot be reprinted in a family newspaper. The electoral math seems to show that the most likely place for an upset victory will be in the House, but there’s a chance for the Senate as well. This may be the best, last chance that thoughtful, sane Americans have to begin reclaiming the country that is supposed to belong to all of us, not just the ones who proclaim themselves the only real Americans. Be-

By David Bullock

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n Monday, Jan. 15, many Americans will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Many of those same Americans will probably criticize, even, the man responsible for the celebration.

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and sent a clear message to Trump.

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This is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., because it emphasizes something that I believe we all need to be very mindful of in these times of Trump and everything else that we’re living through, namely that the work is never done. The minute you think you’ve actually arrived at the Promised Land is the minute your Promised Land pass gets revoked.

Take your pick of any number of outrageous items related to Trump and his so-called presidency and there is more than enough reason for outrage and anger. The kind of outrage and anger that makes you want to do something about it. But also keep in mind what Dr. King and so many others before him found out in the course of the struggle — that it is never about just one person or event. It is about taking several big steps back and reviewing the entire broad landscape of injustice that is stretched out before us all that reaches beyond where our eyes are willing to reach.


We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

cause the only real Americans are actually the ones willing to fight to the last breath and do whatever is necessary to make this country live up to its creed, as Dr. King once said. Those men referred to as the founders of this nation (I say “referred to” because the Native American population might have a few issues with that designation) may not have intended for all of us to be included when they wrote all those high-minded words, but those founders are now dead and we aim to be included in that promise. This land is our land now. Or as King said: “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” One of the many things that made Dr. King special, and so very effective as a spiritual and moral leader, was his ability to force America to look at itself, even as it tried to break every mirror in the house. He forced America to not only recognize the value and the rights of black people, he forced America to question its own value as a nation unable — and unwilling — to fulfill its promises to itself. He made America see that if we are not all valued as Americans, then America is at risk. What we are witnessing now is the naked display of all the evidence required to prove that not just the idea and dream of America, but the raw nuts and bolts that hold it together, are coming undone. Many are questioning whether America is going backward or whether it ever really made any progress since Dr. King demanded that we all rise to the capabilities of not just our better selves but our best selves. The truth may be that, collectively speaking, we did not continue the work as consistently as it needed to be done, making it easier for cracks to splinter the wall we thought we had fortified against the perverse monstrosity we are currently facing.

Four days after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Conyers introduced a bill to establish a federal holiday to honor the slain civil rights leader. On Nov. 2, 1983, President Ronald Regan signed a bill making Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday, effective

Jan. 20, 1986. As a result of this bill, Americans now commemorate the birth and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It took Congress years to affirm the wisdom of John Con­ yers’ call for a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It took Congress days to affirm the negative allegations against John Conyers and call for his resignation. It would seem that this year the celebration of the king will not include any praise of the kingmaker. Congressman Conyers fought for a day to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Amid racial prejudice, political posturing and a constricted Democratic polity, Conyers spearheaded the movement to establish MLK Day. Conyers, who worked in the Civil Rights Movement, was elected to Congress in 1964. He was a key

champion of the Voting Rights Act and devotee to the message and person of America’s premier social justice drum major — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Conyers has a tested civil rights legacy. He was supremely confident in the movement for racial equality and in the quality of Dr. King’s leadership. He pressed forward when others did not until he was successful. In 1970, Conyers convinced New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor to commemorate King’s birthday. In 1971, the city of St. Louis followed suit. Conyers pressed forward. The movement continued. Finally, the combination of a groundswell of local support for the celebration in other localities, a song by Stevie Wonder and a savvy political calculus won the

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and technical staffing industry. John and Betty Barfield formed additional businesses over the following decades, assisted in key roles by their six adult children. Barfield Companies, comprised of the family’s three largest businesses in the mid-1980s, was named Company of the Year by Black Enterprise magazine in 1985. The Barfields sold four of the companies they founded, including Barfield Building Maintenance Company, Barfield Manufacturing Company, and in 2015, Bartech Group. Today, Bartech, based in Southfield, employs more than 3,000, manages approximately 120,000 contract workers worldwide and manages approximately $4.7 billion in funds spent by its corporate clients. But even before building companies that became corporate suppliers, Mr. Barfield proved his exceptional ability as an entrepreneur. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany and France between 1945 and 1947, he began his professional career as a janitor at the University of Michigan, making $1.75 an hour. Seeing an opportunity to serve residential developers, Mr. Barfield and wife Betty formed J&B Cleaning Company (later renamed Barfield Cleaning Company), in Ypsilanti. The Barfields sold the business to ITT Corp. in 1969. Barfield told his story in a 2015 autobiography, “Starting from Scratch: The Humble Be-






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ginnings of a Two Billion-Dollar Enterprise” (Westbow Press). His life was also the subject of a 2015 PBS documentary by filmmaker Clara Wilkerson and Anthony Neely, who co-authored his autobiography. John and Betty Barfield, who married on July 1, 1947, enjoyed a friendship, partnership and romance that lasted a total of 73 years. Mrs. Barfield preceded Mr. Barfield in death on April 24, 2017. John Barfield is survived by his six children: Jon (Vivian) Barfield, Angela Barfield, Aaron Barfield, Bonnie (Jeff) Jones, Lisa Barfield and David (Kiana) Barfield. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren snf 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Zion ­ Lutheran Church, 1501 W. ­ Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Swanson Funeral Home made ­ arrangements and officiated. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Parkridge Community Center: If you prefer to send a check, please make it payable to AAACF with “Barfield” written in the memo line and mail it to: John and Betty Barfield Community Investment Fund for Parkridge c/o Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) 301 N. Main Street, Suite 300  Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Condolences can be sent to: David Barfield 27777 Franklin Road Suite 600 Southfield, MI 48034


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From page A-1 We let our guard down, in other words. The devil stayed busy while we propped up our feet and congratulated ourselves prematurely on a civil rights — and human rights — victory that had not really been won. It’s not easy to accept the truth that you never truly arrived at your destination in the fight for freedom, but the sooner we accept that reality the better chance we have of at least keeping the beast at bay. As Dr. King said: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable...Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle, the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” Meaning individuals who aren’t afraid to raise their voice at every opportunity and every evidence of injustice. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Let’s get to work.


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In 2018, a time when America is on the verge of the destruction of the public square, growing racial tensions and in the grip of an unpredictable president, we need to be reminded of the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream and hope for America. We also need to, despite the political climate, honor the man who created an enduring speed bump in our national calendar frenzy to honor America’s greatest drum major for justice. David Alexander Bullock is a pastor, activist, artist and social critic. He has a daily radio talk show on 910 AM Superstation.

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Homicides at lowest level in 50 years

Partnerships and new strategies credited for drop in violent crime

side in the 6th, 8th and 12th Precints. In 2017 — their first full year with Ceasefire in place —  the 6th, 8th and 12th precincts saw the largest drops in homicides and non-fatal shootings in the city.

City officials recently announced that there has been a drop in violent crime in nearly every category. Detroit has seen significant and sustained reductions over the past two years since the city and its law enforcement partners implemented several new crime reduction strategies.

“If you look at how other major cities have been able to deliver sustained reductions in violent crime, it has been a process of identifying the right strategies and building on them year by year,” said Chief Craig. “It also involves having the right partners and we have been fortunate to have great partners at the local, state and federal level working on this.”

Since 2016, when the city launched programs like Project Green Light, Ceasfire Detroit and its Real Time Crime Center:

• Total violent crimes are down 12% • Total property offenses, including car theft and burglary are down 13% • Homicides down 9%

Carjackings down since launch of Project Green Light

and Project Green Light.

Over the last two years, the Detroit Police Department has hired more than 500 new offi• Carjackings down 41% cers and moved more than 100 Numbers also show that the from desk jobs to the street. city of Detroit ended last year After attrition, they have nearly with 267 criminal homicides, 250 more police officers on the the lowest number in 51 years.  street today than two years ago The last time Detroit saw fewer and they have another 139 ofhomicides was 1966, when it ficers in training in the police recorded 214.    The city in 2017 academy right now.  also registered double-digit reDPD has also significantly ductions in non-fatal shootings improved its real-time crime inand robberies. telligence gathering and sharMayor Mike Duggan, Chief ing among law enforcement James Craig, Prosecutor Kym partners to give officers the Worthy, Interim US Attorney for tools they need to do their jobs. the Eastern District of Michigan Late last year, DPD opened its Dan Lemisch, Sheriff Benny new Real Time Crime Center, Napoleon, Wayne County Exec- which is its new hub for all utive Warren Evans and other crime intel. local, state and federal law enNew initiatives were also imforcement partners gave credit plemented. The Ceasefire Defor the reductions to front line troit Initiative is a multi-agency officers.     effort that has been designed “The steady progress we specifically to address gang-reare making to reduce violent lated gun crime and over the crime in our city is a result of past two years has been imthe hard work and dedication plemented in about half of of the men and women of the DPD precincts.  Ceasefire was Detroit Police Department and launched first in August 2015 all of our partner agencies,” in the 5th and 9th precincts said Mayor Duggan.  “This work and expanded to the 6th, begins and ends with each of 8th and 12th in June 2016. them.” Another initiative, Project Detroit’s Reduction in Crime Green Light is a revolutionary Attributed to Four Key Strat- approach to community safety that has grown dramatically egies since it was launched two years The group attributed Detroit ago to include 231 gas stations, reduction in crime to the hiring restaurants, party stores, resiof officers, better technology, dential buildings and more. the Ceasefire Detroit Initiative

• Non-fatal shootings down 19%

gies of this focused deterrence model include vertical prosecution with the state and federal prosecutors and wrap-around services to provide housing, transportation, job training and placement.

6th Precinct: 2016 NFS: 100 2017 NFS: 75 Change:  -25%  2016 Homicides: 28 2017 Homicides: 18 Change: -36%

8th Precinct 2016 NFS: 125 2017 NFS:  88 Change: -30% 2016 Homicides: 46 2017 Homicides: 29 Change: -37%

12th Precinct 2016 NFS: 110 2017 NFS:   77 Change: -30% 2016 Homicides: 32 2017 Homicides: 31 Change: -3% Ceasefire Detroit Reduces Gang Violence The central strategy in reducing the city’s fatal and non-fatal shootings has been Ceasefire Detroit, a comprehensive strategy to stop gun violence perpetrated by gangs, groups and street crews with coordinated enforcement, prevention, intervention and re-entry efforts. Key strate-

The program also involves call-in meetings where program partners from DPD, the Mayor’s Office, Wayne County Prosecutor and US Attorney’s Office sit down face to face with known gang members to secure commitments to resolve their issues without guns and to inform them of the coordinated law enforcement that will result in breaking that commitment. The program also offers gang members support in the form of job training and placement, transportation and housing if they choose to leave gang activity. In 2016-17, the Detroit office of the DOJ secured 118 federal indictments against members of several major gang operating in the city, including the 7 Mile Bloods (22), Playboy Crips (14), Smokecamp/OPB (14), 6 Mile Chedda Gang (13), Rollin’ 60’s Crips (13), Bandgang (8), A1 Killers, Hustle Boys, Latin Counts and more. Ceasefire Detroit was implemented in its current form in the 5th and 9th precincts in June of 2015.  That year, the 5th and 9th precincts saw the largest reductions in shootings across the city.  In June 2016, Ceasefire expanded to the west

Another key strategy that has delivered sustained results has been Project Green Light, which has businesses across the city equipped with high definition cameras that are monitored continuously at DPD’s Real Time Crime Center.   Originally launched in January 2016 at eight gas stations to address the issue of carjackings, the program has expanded to 231 businesses, including restaurants, party stores and more. Since that time, carjackings in Detroit have been cut nearly in half, going down 43% in two years. In 2015, there were 532 carjackings in the city. That number went down to 381 in 2016 and to 303 in 2017.  Ceasefire and Greenlight to be Expanded The chief and mayor said that they will continue the strategies they have implemented over the past few years, including expanding Ceasefire and Green Light, as well as continuing to hire more officers.   By the end of 2018, Ceasefire Detroit will be adopted by all precincts across the city. The Detroit Police Department will also have approximately 400 Green Light partner businesses and is working with groups of business owners to develop the city’s first Green Light Corridor, where all businesses will become participants in the program. Lastly, DPD will have hired an additional 200 police officers, continuing its trend of adding new officers to the force.


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Martin Luther King, Jr. was a champion for equity in education

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence on the Civil Rights Movement is indisputable, but his fight for equity in education remains a mystery to some. That fight began with his own education. “He clearly had an advanced, refined educational foundation from Booker T. Washington High School, Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary and Boston University,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His education in his speeches, sermons and writings were apparent and he wanted us all to have that type of education.” King completed high school at 15, college at 19, seminary school at 22 and earned a doctorate at 26. “Dr. King laid down the case for affordable education for all Americans — from the ghetto and the barrios, to the Appalachian mountains and the reservations — he was a proponent for education for all and he believed that strong minds break strong chains and once you learn your lesson well, the oppressor could not unlearn you.” Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN), said that NAN works with Education for a Better America to partner with school districts, universities, community colleges, churches and community organizations around the country to

smart, you have to know what’s right and what’s wrong.” Dr. Wornie Reed, director of Race and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech who marched with King, said when he thinks of King and education, he immediately considers the late civil rights leader’s advocating that “we should be the best that we could be.” “King certainly prepared himself educationally. Early on, he saw that education played a crucial role in society, but perceived it as often being misused,” Reed said. “In a famous essay that he wrote for the student newspaper at Morehouse in 1947, he argued against a strictly utilitarian approach to education, one that advanced the individual and not society.” Maryland Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, who remembers running home from church on Sundays to listen to King’s speeches on radio, said King had a tremendous impact on education in the black community. “Dr. King worked tirelessly to ensure that African Americans would gain the rights they had long been denied, including the right to a quality education,” said Cummings. “His fight for equality in educational opportunities helped to tear down walls of segregation in our nation’s schools. “He instilled hope in us that we can achieve our dreams no matter the color of our skin. He instilled in us the notion that everyone can be great, because everyone can serve and there are so many

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“I get flustered and frustrated watching Donald Trump play to his base that thinks he cares about them, and they are actually the people he cares about the least.” — Eminem

The infrastructure hoax

By Julianne Malveaux

Our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. Nearly 10 percent of our bridges are deficient or decrepit, a quarter of our schools are in fair or poor condition. More than half of all schools need major repairs before they can be classified as good, but 31 states spend less on school construction now than they did in 2008.  Forty percent of our urban highways are congested, and traffic fatalities are up. Fewer than half of us could get to a grocery store using public transportation. The American Society of Civil Engineers produces a report card on our nation’s infrastructure, grading sixteen categories, including roads, bridges, public transportation, levees, aviation, haz- Julianne Malveaux ardous waste, dams, ports, energy, and more.  The 2017 report gives our infrastructure a D+, noting that our infrastructure has earned a “persistent D” since 1998.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a champion for equity in education. Civil Rights Movement co-founder Dr. Ralph David Abernathy and his wife Mrs. Juanita Abernathy (not pictured) follow with Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the Abernathy children march on the front line, leading the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. The children are, from left: Donzaleigh Abernathy, Ralph David Abernathy III, and Juandalynn R. Abernathy. The identity of the white minister is unknown. (Abernathy Family Photos/Wikipedia Commons) conduct educational programming for students and parents. “The mission of the organization has been to build bridges between policymakers and the classrooms by supporting innovations in education and creating a dialogue between policymakers, community leaders, educators, parents and students,” Sharpton said. “We’re promoting student health, financial literacy and college readiness in our communities, just like Dr. King did.” King was a figure to look up to in both civil rights and academia, Sharpton told the NNPA Newswire. “Then, when you look at his values, he always saw education, especially in the black community, as a tool to uplift and inspire to action,” Sharpton said. “It’s definitely no coincidence that a number of prominent civil rights groups that emerged during Dr. King’s time were based on college campuses.” Sharpton added that King routinely pushed for equality to access to education. “Just as importantly, he always made a point to refer education back to character — that we shouldn’t sacrifice efficiency and speed for morals,” Sharpton said. “A great student not only has the reason and education, but a moral compass to do what’s right with his or her gifts. It’s not just important to be

great advocates who emody this lesson.” In support of education equality, civil rights leaders across the country are still working to ensure all students, regardless of color, receive access to experienced teachers, equitable classroom resources and quality education, Cummings noted further. For example, the NAACP has done a tremendous amount, across the country, to increase retention rates, ensure students have the resources they need, and prepare students for success after graduation, whether it be for college or a specific career path, Cummings said. During his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, King said, “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” The need for high quality education in the black community is universal and the route to get there may be different, but education does matter, Jackson said. “Dr. King told me he read a fiction and a non-fiction book once a week. He was an avid reader and, in the spirit of Dr. King, today we fight for equal, high quality education,” said Jackson. “We fight for skilled trade training, affordable college education and beyond.”

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Our railways earn the highest grade, B, despite aging infrastructure and insufficient investment in passenger railways. Ports, which receive most of our overseas trade, bridges (despite major failures, and funding challenges), and solid waste all rise from the D swamp with C+ grades. But the other 12 categories; schools, parks, drinking water, aviation, wastewater, dams, energy, inland waterways, hazardous waste, roads, transit, and levees, earn a D or a D+. The ACES report card https://www. is likely to make you holler and throw up your hands. You can buy a family of four a hearty five-star dinner if you got a dollar for every time the words “aging,” “hazard,” “shortfall”, “underfunded,” “investment gap,” “backlog,” or “deferred” are mentioned. Infrastructure is important in our nation’s economic development. For example, says ACES, every dollar spent on highway improvement returns $5.20 in decreased delays, vehicle maintenance, and fuel construction, and increased safety.  Poor maintenance of our ports costs us international trade, and the condition of our dams, levees and waterways probably compounded the damage from hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

peal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. He finally hit fool’s gold with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and inappropriately named a piece of legislation that would more accurately be named the Corporate Enrichment and Deficit Expansion Act of 2017. Now that the Republican Congress has committed to $1.5 trillion more in national debt, 45 says he wants to tackle infrastructure, and he expects bipartisan support.  He says infrastructure was an “easy” win, while tax “reform” was more challenging. So, he claims, he took on the more challenging task first. Now, he’s ready to manage infrastructure issues. ASCE says at least $2 trillion is needed to bring infrastructure up to snuff, with another $200 billion plus needed annually to keep infrastructure in good repair. Their report card details funding gaps, from $42 billion in aviation, $177 billion in energy, where our grid is at full capacity and the population is growing, $123 billion for bridge repair, $1 trillion to ensure our clean drinking water supply, and more.  45 proposes a $1 trillion plan, and talks about public-private partnerships, which seems to suggest more tax breaks for his corporate buddies. Where do we find $1 trillion, let alone the $2 trillion necessary for infrastructure repair?  That’s the hoax in 45’s current embrace for infrastructure.  Investing in infrastructure is more economically impactful than tax cuts, but it doesn’t necessarily give corporations a break. So, 45 put something that could make a major difference on the back burner, so he could reward his supporters. Now, he will have to both fight his own party and struggle to gain Democratic support for his infrastructure plan. Why? While the President says he has prioritized infrastructure, House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to focus on “entitlement reform.” That means he wants to cut public assistance, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Other Republicans aren’t as interested in entitlement reform, as they are interested in cutting the deficit they just committed to growing.  They won’t be interested in any new programs, even if they are much-needed infrastructure programs.

So, 45, the joker, is trying to trick us again. Anyone who has driven down a bumpy highway, been washed out by hurricane waters, or witnessed a bridge collapse will agree with ASCE that our infrastructure needs attention.  But simply mouthing the word is much different from finding the money for When he campaigned, 45 promised much-needed repair or replacement of to tackle infrastructure, and he had bi- those bridges, roads, parks, schools, partisan support for the sentiment, al- levees, and trains that are in poor conthough many wanted to know how he dition.  We might have had the money to might approach infrastructure repair.  tackle infrastructure before we commitUpon election, though, 45 abandoned ted to a pricey corporate giveaway. How infrastructures to pick a fight with en- will we way pay for infrastructure now? emies, real and imagine, fire the man More debt?  Program cuts? Profit-geninvestigating his Russian involvement erating toll roads that that enrich 45’s and make several futile attempts to “re- friends at public expense?

The Justice Department could make it harder for minorities to own media companies Armstrong Williams (NNPA Newswire Columnist)

As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, the necessity for that diversity to be reflected in business becomes all the more important. As one of only three African-American owned TV station licensees in the country, I recently wrote the FCC voicing strong support for the advancement of minority ownership and Armstrong Williams diversity. I saw the pending Tribune-Sinclair merger as presenting a historic opportunity for the FCC and Justice Department to advance minority ownership within the context of the divestiture requirements the government would require for regulatory approval. The government generally, and the

FCC specifically, has acknowledged the need to enhance minority ownership for 40 years. Congress also has recognized the poor state of minority ownership. The 1996 Telecommunications Act contains language aimed at increasing female and minority ownership of broadcast licenses (and other important communications mediums), and requires the FCC to limit and remove “market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and other small businesses” and to do so by “favoring diversity of media voices.” As the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, the necessity for that diversity to be reflected in business becomes all the more important. Congress and the public both have an obligation to help the Department of justice understand the importance of minority ownership in broadcast television in a diversifying landscape. Diversity of thought, culture, and ideas should be equally represented. Giving more minorities access and opportunity to ownership will foster the right environment to do just that. So, imagine my deep concern when I

heard the Justice Department was wavering in its decision to allow station divestitures to my African-American owned companies, where the transaction included joint sales agreements (JSA), shared service agreements (SSA), and loan guarantee agreements. Such arrangements were routine for the FCC until it hastily implemented television Joint Sales Agreement attribution rules in 2014, under the previous administration’s chairman, Tom Wheeler. Those rules, however, were reversed and eliminated on November 20, 2017. The Department of Justice should respect that decision. For example, broadcast ownership has permitted Howard Stirk Holdings to create an incubator for African American journalism students by providing tuition scholarships, while providing field experience outside of the classroom. If we were not broadcast owners, I am sure none of that would have been possible. It also gives us the opportunity to cover the stories that others are not covering, for whatever reason. We tell the

stories of everyday people that are often overlooked. As part of our public interest obligation, we vow to continue doing this with our live town halls across our regional affiliates where we discuss family, community and other critical cultural issues. Our town halls provide a unique platform for the long form discussion of key issues that are important to many American communities — both Black and White. We have covered in depth the water crisis in Flint, the Charleston church terrorist attack, the Las Vegas terrorist attack, the Manchester terrorist attack live from Europe, the moral challenges facing America, and many other topical issues. We need more of these forums and not less. This is critically important to African-American communities, especially as media voices they identify with are diminishing daily. Armstrong Williams is the manager/ sole owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and Executive Editor of American CurrentSee online Magazine.

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City expanding homeless outreach as temperatures drop, seeking donations to assist service providers

Residents are free to visit any of the city’s recreation centers or Detroit Public Library branches to get warm during regular hours of operation at these facilities. DETROIT RECREATION CENTERS Adams Butzel Center, 10500 Lyndon Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The City of Detroit, in partnership with city-contracted service providers, the faithbased community and others, will expand the outreach to homeless individuals and families this weekend as temperatures drop to dangerous lows.

Butzel Family, 7737 Kercheval Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Clemente Center, 2631 Bagley Monday - Friday 1 - 9 p.m.

In addition to the warming centers and current outreach efforts, the city will be coordinating expanded volunteer-assisted canvassing in targeted areas where the homeless are known to congregate between 6 pm and 12 am this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The additional patrols will help distribute information and ensure that anyone out in the cold is connected to a service provider, warming center or other shelter. The patrols will also help coordinate distribution of resources like winter hats, gloves and socks. Members of the public who would like to assist in the effort are encouraged to donate new winter hats, gloves and socks to the following locations: The Noah Project at the Central Detroit Methodist 23 E Adams Ave, Detroit (313) 965-5422 The Pope Francis Center 438 St Antoine St, Detroit (313) 964-2823

Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser Road Monday – Friday 1 - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

at (313) 993-6703. Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has a second location with 25 beds for women and children only. The center, 3840 Fairview between Mack and St. Jean, is open from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. For information on this location, contact the Detroit Rescue Mission at (313) 331-8990.

The three facilities will operate daily during the cold weather months including holidays. The locations combined are expected to accommodate up to 165 persons at a time. During extreme cold, services will be extended to include daytime hours.

• Southwest Solutions

The three warming centers are open through March 31 to provide relief to the homeless when year-round shelters are at capacity. The centers are as follows. Cass Community Social Services, 1534 Webb, has 40 beds and provides services for families (male and female parents and children). The center is open from 4 p.m. – 8 a.m. Contact the Cass Community Social Services at (313) 883-2277. Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries has 100 beds for men only. The center, 3535 Third Avenue near downtown Detroit, is open from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. For information, contact the Detroit Rescue Mission

Hubbard Branch, 12929 W. McNichols/James Couzens, Detroit, MI 48235 • 313.481.1750 Hours: Tues., Thurs., and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Mon. & Wed.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Heilmann Center, 19601 Crusade Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Detroit residents looking for a warm spot during record-low temperatures have a number of options, including three warming centers and respite centers at the city’s 11 recreation centers and 18 Detroit Public Library branches.

• Cass Community Social Services

Elmwood Park Branch, 550 Chene/Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48207 • 313.481.1730 Hours: Mon., Wed., and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive Monday – Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

City continues to offers locations for residents to weather the cold

• Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Edison Branch, 18400 Joy/Southfield, Detroit, MI 48228 • 313.481.1720 Hours: Tues., Thurs., and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Mon. & Wed.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Coleman A. Young Recreation Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Dr. Monday – Friday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Detroit utilizes a coordinated entry process for access to shelters and warming centers. Individuals experiencing homelessness in Detroit and in need of emergency shelter should call the CAM Call Center at (313) 305-0311. Families with children will be directed to the Southwest Solutions Housing Resource Center at 1600 Porter St. from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., where staff will assist in exploring alternatives to shelter or determining a shelter placement for the night.

Residents can also support the outreach effort by giving monetary donations to the following organizations:

Duffield Branch, 2507 W. Grand Blvd./14th St., Detroit, MI 48208 • 313.481.1710 Hours: Mon., Wed., and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Clients may be picked up by vans from organizations that offer outreach services or be referred by other homeless agencies. Upon entering the warming center, clients are expected to complete the intake process for admission. All individuals are supervised at all times to ensure the safety and security. They are also provided with two hot meals, counseling, showering and sleeping accommodations. Clients are also encouraged to take advantage of other support services, such as referrals, housing assistance, health screening, and other related services. For more information regarding the warming centers, call (313) 224-9974.

Lasky Center, 13200 Fenelon Monday - Friday 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Jefferson Branch, 12350 E. Outer Dr./ E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48224 • 313.481.1760 Hours: Tues., Thurs., and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Mon. and Wed.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Knapp Branch, 13330 Conant/E. Davison, Detroit, MI 48212 • 313.481.1770 Hours: Tues., Thurs., and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Mon. & Wed.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere Monday – Friday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Main Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 • 313.481.1300 Hours: Tues. and Wed.: Noon - 8 p.m.; Thurs., Fri. and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. (Oct-May): 1 - 5 p.m.

Williams Recreation Center, 8431 Rosa Parks Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Parkman Branch, 1766 Oakman Blvd./ Linwood, Detroit, MI 48238 • 313.481.1810 Technology, Literacy and Career (TLC) Center: 313.481.1814 Hours: Tues., Thurs., and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Mon. and Wed.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Bowen Branch, 3648 W. Vernor/W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48216 • 313.481.1540 Hours: Mon., Wed., & Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs.: Noon - 8 p.m. Campbell Branch, 8733 W. Vernor/Springwells, Detroit, MI 48209 • 313.481.1550 Hours: Tues., Thurs., & Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Mon. & Wed.: Noon - 8 p.m. Chaney Branch, 16101 Grand River/Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48227 • 313.481.1570 Hours: Mon., Wed., & Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Redford Branch, 21200 Grand River/ W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48219 • 313.481.1820 Hours: Tues., Thurs., & Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Mon. and Wed.: Noon - 8 p.m. Sun. (Oct-May): 1 - 5 p.m. Sherwood Forest Branch 7117 W. 7 Mile Rd./Livernois, Detroit, MI 48221 • 313.481.1840 Hours: Mon., Wed., and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs.: Noon - 8 p.m.

Chase Branch, 17731 W. Seven Mile Rd./ Southfield, Detroit, MI 48235 • 313.481.1580 Hours: Mon., Wed., & Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs.: Noon - 8 p.m. Conely Branch, 4600 Martin/Michigan, Detroit, MI 48210 • 313.481.1590 Hours: Mon., Wed., & Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs.: Noon - 8 p.m. Douglass Branch for Specialized Services, 3666 Grand River/Trumbull, Detroit, MI 48208 • 313.481.1707 Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. & Fri.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Skillman Branch 121 Gratiot/Farmer, Detroit, MI 48226 • 313.481.1850 Hours: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wilder Branch 7140 E. 7 Mile Rd./Van Dyke, Detroit, MI 48234 • 313.481.1870 Hours: Wed. Noon - 8 p.m.; Thurs. and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. (Oct.-May): 1 – 5 p.m.








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The long walk to freedom

By Roz Edward

“And so we must say, now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to transform this pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our nation. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of racial justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After emerging as a hero for not only the African American community, but all communities and people around the world, recognizing Dr. King’s birthday as a national holiday is essential to realizing the principles he stood for — peace, justice and an end to violence. Thirty years ago, I worked alongside a number of dedicated activists and civic leaders in making a dream a reality — getting Dr. King’s birthday recognized as a national holiday. I was too young to have marched with Dr. King when he came to Detroit in 1963, but later I had the honor of working for Coretta Scott King and with some of the most prominent figures in the movement, like Rev. James Orange, Harry Belafonte, Andrew Young, Rev. Joseph Lowery and Congressman John Lewis. In the wake of heightened racial tensions and increasingly vitriolic exchanges between communities of color, police agencies and the current climate of near declarations of war on every minority in the nation and around the world, the question persists: “How has Dr. King’s dream of equality and justice impacted our nation?” During an exclusive interview with Dr. Hilda Tompkins, senior director for Strategic Educational Initiatives at The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, we discussed “the Dreamer,” his legacy and how he and his teachings have been embraced throughout the nation and the world. On the significance of the national holiday, Dr. Tompkins, said, “There are a number of significances to Dr. King’s national holiday. First and foremost, he was a man of peace and the work that he did. You know there were three revolutions here in this country. We had three revolutions that you can count here in the United States. We had the American Revolution, we had the Civil War and we had the Civil Rights Movement. And what sets the Civil Rights Movement apart is that it is the only one that change came about without a declaration of war. So for our country to recognize, with a national holiday, a man of peace, is very significant because it shows that we have come a long way from the way we used to solve conflicts as a nation. Dr. King has given us the methodology that we can use around the world to bring about that same peace.”

Gail Perry-Mason exposes youth to money matters By Branden Hunter

took 25 students from Detroit to Chicago to ring the first closing bell of the year at the Chicago Stock Exchange. Cass Tech senior Nick Bridgeforth has aspirations of being a stockholder after college, so being able to be a part of the group that went to Chicago was just what he needed.

Gail Perry-Mason has not had a vacation in 21 years. That is because she uses her vacation time to educate youth in the metro Detroit area on having enough money to go on a vacation themselves in the future, through her Money Matters for Youth program.

“It was an amazing experience just being there,” Bridgeforth said. “They took us to the stock exchange pit and it was amazing to see all the money transactions happening. It was up close and personal for me and helped me realize that this is what I really wanted to do in life.”

Her mission started with the intentions of giving atrisk youth exposure to financial information to ensure a better future for themselves. But in the past two decades, it has become a financial literacy boot camp, shaping youth for the future with knowledge of money and new ways of thinking. “I use money as a tool because I really want our youth to appreciate themselves, then the value of a dollar,” Perry-Mason said. “They think they love money, but the main thing I teach them is to not love anything that won’t love you back.” “They know money cannot love them back, but they know how to respect money, spend it on the right things and how to give and share. That’s what we’re all about at Money Matters for Youth.” Perry Mason was inspired by a program in the Wall Street Journal that taught about investing and no one on the front page looked liked

Gail Perry-Mason embraces a program participant. her, a black woman. So she decided to teach students 8-18 the basics of economic and financial literacy, stocks, investing and more. No one taught her that when she was young, so it was important to her to pass down her knowledge to others. “We don’t teach our youth the real value of money,” said Perry-Mason. “They always want expensive things and immediate gratification. They need to learn how to become owners and not always con-

sumers. They need to learn banking credit and how to save.” “In our Money Camp during the summer, the kids learn how to go to the movies for free, how to go to concerts for free, how to golf, how to be a lady and tie a tie, among other things. So you really have to take a holistic approach with this. The main thing is to expose them to better opportunities,” she said. Money Matters for Youth

Exposure is one of the program’s main goals and that is what the Chicago trip offered to the students, some whom had never been outside of Detroit, let alone to the Chicago Board of Trade. It offered them experiences that most adults they know have never gotten and exposed them to careers they probably would have never dreamed of. “The trip to Chicago is what they needed,” said Perry-Mason. “A lot of kids wake up daily and they don’t know what they want to do. So events like the ring the bell in Chicago and the program overall opens their minds to a whole new world of possibilities for them in the future. I always say, ‘In order to save or kids, we have to serve our kids.’”

On today’s violence…

“The issues of violence and police brutality are two of the same issues that Dr. King faced when he was leading the Civil Right Movement. Police brutality was a part of the Civil Rights Movement. And what people don’t understand is that there are principles that support the steps to nonviolence. Most of the time people go straight to the fifth step [of his teachings], which is direct action. But there are six principles that have to be embraced before you can even start to put the steps in motion. “For example, the first principle is nonviolence as a way of life for courageous people. So, it has to be understood that nonviolence is not a cowardice way, you’re not simply turning the other cheek, you are standing up for what’s right and refusing to lower yourself to the level of those that are committing violence. So the foundation of Nonviolence 365 is first to embrace those principles.” Applying King’s philosophy in daily life… “First, it is a way of life for courageous people. Nonviolence speaks to love instead of hate, so we have to believe that our power to love is greater than the enemy’s power to hate. I know that these things sound very weighted, but when you study Dr. King, the principles become clear. While he was a prolific writer, he was also a plainspoken writer so that anyone at any academic level could grasp and understand his meth-

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Winter in Detroit shops bring the heat Looking for somewhere to shop, eat and play in Detroit?

Winter in Detroit offers all of that for you, plus more, with a number of local shopping and food and beverage options, as well as entertainment for the whole family. Shopping is in abundance at Winter in Detroit, with 30 local businesses as a part of the Downtown Detroit Markets. The main shops are located in three locations — 1001 Woodward Ave., Cadillac Square and Capitol Park. At 1001 Woodward, shoppers can enjoy a traditional indoor shopping experience,

with a dozen local vendors selling many things, including cakes such as those from Good Bakes and Cakes. One can find handmade sunglasses by Article One, and natural lipstick and gloss at the Lip Bar. Then there is the Fly Boutique for the lady who likes unique designs and styles. Company founder Tee Capel is a stylist by trade, so Fly Behavior represents her curated fashion essential. A savvy and tuned in fashion merchandiser, Capel can design a new product in one day, and shop-

pers can find it on her showroom floor only a few short days later. Just across Campus Martius is the largest of the markets, at Cadillac Square. There, vendors have set up shop in two rows of small transparent glass tents. Vendors include Detroit clothing brands David Vintage, Detroit GT hand drawn clothing and Detroit Hustles Harder. Want to feed your sweet tooth but still eat healthy? Detroit Nut Company offers organic all-natural goods, including premium nuts, dried

fruit and snacks. Cynt-Sational Popcorn Company, located at the Cadillac Square Market near the Cadillac Lodge, offers a vitamin packed vegan popcorn which includes B-vitamins, trace minerals and amino acids. Business owner and popcorn connoisseur Cynthia Davis launched the Eastern Market based business once her children were a little older and she could dedicate more time to creating and promoting new flavors for her

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MLK Legacy Award foundation recognizes local coach for honors Michigan Chronicle “Man of Excellence,” Charley Moore has been lauded by Detroit youngsters, grateful parents and community leaders across Detroit for immersing himself wholeheartedly in every project and organization he has elected to participate in. Moore is a man committed to service. That’s why the co-chair of the Ninth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award informed him that he is the recipient of this year’s award. “This award is being presented to Moore because of his leadership and work in the struggle for human and civil rights, peace and justice,” announced Michael Joseph. Moore has served his community and his church for over 50 years. It is his work with the youth in the community where Charley Moore Moore’s compassion for others and his commitment to working with integrity makes him a shining example of what it takes to keep the legacy of Dr. King alive. This honoree has given his life to helping to develop young boys and girls into honorable adults thru his work with the Boy Scouts and PAL. Coach Moore is respected by many in this community and he will be honored this year along with others from the community, January 15 at the special celebration to be held at Martin Luther King Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette. The 2018 MLK Legacy Award recipients also include: United States Senator Debbie Stabenow; Members of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan, Free and Accepted Masons; Coach Kevin Fite, founder of the Detroit City Chess Club; Tom Turner, former president of the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO and Nida Donar, social activist, will both be honored posthumously. During this 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King, our chosen theme is “Staying in the Struggle Until We Win! – Looking Back to Move Forward,” Joseph explained. The celebration will include a panel discussion, a freedom and solidarity march for 1.5 miles with police escort and awards presentation at 10 a.m. Past MLK Legacy Award honorees include Congressman John Conyers, Senator Gary Peters, Harry Belafonte, Rev. Charles Adams, Judge Damon Keith, Big Sean, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres and others. The Ninth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. – Senior High School Legacy March Steering Committee asks that everyone commit to at least one day of community service this year. For more information, call (313) ­392-7057.

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odology and philosophy. So once we embrace those principles we get a different outlook about what it is we are trying to achieve through social change.

Millennials work to dispel stereotypes about young people Chevrolet recently partnered with the National Millennial Community and sent out groups of influential young people to destinations around Seattle, Washington to execute think tank-style discussions on topics related to the success of today’s multicultural millennials. The National Millennial Community (NMC) is a progressive and diverse group of millennials that works to dispel negative stereotypes about the generation and represents the 80 million young people in this country by conducting think tanks, seminars and engagement opportunities with the CEOs of major corporations. The community’s members present diversity in ethnicity, geographic location, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion and more. Chevrolet and the National Millennial Community created these mobile think tanks in an effort to understand what networking, personal branding and searching for jobs means for all millennials, factoring in the unique challenges facing that generation. Precious Angel Smith, one of the program participants, said that she’s working to dispel the negative stereotypes that millennials don’t understand the importance of working hard and that they’re too obsessed with technology to engage with the world around them. Smith said that it can be hard searching for jobs and networking as a Black millennial. “Being black sets me apart as it is, then when you add the fact that I’m a woman and a millennial, that’s when things get sticky,” said Smith. “Because of those three attributes, I constantly find myself having to go the extra mile and surpass the expectations that have been predetermined for me.” Smith continued: “I’ve learned that

in this world, being a Black millennial will never be easy, I will have to continue to work three times as hard as [White men]. However, one thing I will never do is jeopardize my morals and values in an attempt to be accepted in the workforce.” Xavier Robertson said that sometimes millennials are stereotyped for lacking a strong work ethic. “This is a misunderstanding,” said Robertson. “It’s not that we don’t like to work, it’s that we like to do work that matters and for people that care.” Robertson continued: “We want to make an impact and we want to be respected. Millennials want to be challenged and inspired on a daily basis, so that we can maximize our potential.” Smith said that as a member of the National Millennial Community, she has benefitted in ways that she could have never imagined. Smith said that she has not only traveled to different states to share different perspectives as a millennial, she has also had the opportunity to meet CEOs and owners of major corporations. Robertson agreed that the experiences provided through the National Millennial Community are life-changing. “The National Millennial Community is an awesome group of diverse individuals working to inform people about the misconceptions about millennials,” said Robertson. “This community not only assembles millennials from around the country to talk about these issues, but we also had the opportunity to talk face to face with the leaders of influential brands in the United States. “We are able to have a direct impact on the conversation about us. Very few times are there opportunities where you can sit down and have conversations that can impact the world and through NMC, we can do that.”

“Dr. King’s approach to nonviolence is [distinguished] from other types of nonviolence and conflict resolution because the sixth step in Dr. King’s philosophy is reconciliation. It’s not enough to conquer our enemies … once we have some type of resolution or compromise … the end result is reconciliation, so that it’s a win-win situation for the oppressed and the oppressor. “Dr. King was not here just to deliver African Americans, he was here to deliver anyone and everyone from oppression and whatever plight they were in to redeem the soul of ­America.”


From page B-1 special brand of snacks. People who don’t think vegan popcorn can taste good even if it is good for you, should try the Movie Theatre Sensation or the Detroit Mix which differs from the standard Chicago mix. Other popular flavors include Gourmet Ranch, the Real Deal Pickle, Sexy Firecracker, Sweet Jalapeno Lime, Sweet Fury and Sea Salt/Chocolate After you have completed all of your shopping, the heated Cadillac Lodge is the perfect place to sit down and relax with friends, play board games or catch a game on television. The lodge features plush leather couches, fireplaces, and plush blankets, under twinkling lights of rustic chandeliers. The Central Kitchen + Bar features food and drink offerings. Capitol Park is just a short walk over from Campus Martius, equipped with picnic tables and cozy fire pits. Flamingo Vintage sells vintage men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. Eatori Market will warm you up with hot soups, grilled cheese sandwiches and various beverages. Shop, eat and play in Detroit for fly, tasty fresh wares. And don’t forget to enjoy the weather. It’s winter in Detroit.

January 15, 2018 Rainbow PUSH partners with the Auto Show to celebrate Dr. King


Rev. Jackson to bring message of unity; performances by Melanie Fiona and Anthony Hamilton

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is expanding its partnership with the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to pay special tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s legacy. The event will take place on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 15, 4:35 pm, during the auto show’s press preview. This year’s celebration is a precursor to the 50th anniversary commemorating Dr. King’s assassination. Since 2014, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, led by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., its founder and president, has worked closely with NAIAS in the planning the annual MLK celebration that takes place at Cobo Center on Dr. King’s birthday.  “Honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and spreading his powerful message of equality and peace to the thousands of international press and executives attending one of the world’s greatest auto shows will be truly impactful,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson. “Dr. King challenged us to live beyond his dream. He was

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesse Jackson an advocate of social, political and economic justice. Dr. King died so that all lives would matter.” Free to the public, a highlight of this year’s event is the Let Freedom Ring Awards that will honor Dr. Mark Schlissel, president, University of Michigan; Dr. Karen Weaver, mayor, City of Flint, Bankole Thompson, Detroit News op-ed columnist; and Bishop Desmond Tutu, who will send a representative. In addition to Rev. Jackson, Judge Greg Mathis, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other members of the congressional delegation will

present. This year’s celebration will also feature a musical tribute performed by two-time Grammy winner, Melanie Fiona. Anthony Hamilton, Grammy award-winning artist, will headline the show. “We are honored to have Rev. Jackson and the Motown entertainers take our global stage and provide inspiration to the more than 5,000 journalists from more than 60 countries, executives and thought leaders in attendance for press preview,” said Ryan LaFontaine, 2018 NAIAS chairman and owner/partner, LaFontaine Automotive Group.


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Uplift, Inc. achieves diversity in tech space People can’t live without the internet, many say. There are 5 billion devices on the Internet in 2017. Researchers forecast there will 50 billion devices by 2020. The Internet is automating the world so quickly, companies are looking for “new collar” workers. New collar workers have IT skills documented by industry certification rather than a college degree. These jobs are paying $19 to $40 per hour, which is equivalent to $39,520 to $83,200 annually. Uplift, Inc., a Cisco Networking Academy, is hosting a free Introduction of IoT (Internet of Things) class so Detroit residents can see how the IoT is growing and how to prepare for these new-collar jobs in cyber security, networking and computer programming.

Ayanna Alcendor and Jehan Crump-Gibson

Ida Byrd-Hill Detroit residents will “attend” classes on their smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop, reading the lectures and watching videos. Kickoff orientation, Experiential Learning Labs and tutoring will occur at seven Detroit Public Library locations during designated weeks.  This “Open It School” format provides residents, who are time challenged, with maximum flexibility to secure certification that fits their lifestyle. “The urban myth is that Detroiters are not qualified nor desire to secure high tech jobs. As evidenced by their enrollment, in large numbers, for our first Introduction of IoT class, Detroit residents are ready to train and acquire tech certification if provided a training vehicle that fits their lifestyle,” said Ida Byrd-Hill, president of Uplift, Inc. Registrant demographics: 90 percent people of color, 54.6percent Women, 45.5 percent over the age of 40. “We have already registered hundreds of students, but we are looking for 5000 to create a massive tech diversity movement in Detroit, something Silicon Valley has been unable to do,” she said. Interested young people, 13-24, even if they are attending classes at a school, can take the Introduction of IoT class so they can be prepared for the future. Applications accepted through 1/27/2018 at

Great Lakes Legal Group Young lawyers join to form new firm

At Great Lakes Legal Group, clients are more than just a file number. That is the motto of the founding attorneys, Jehan Crump-Gibson and Ayanna Alcendor, who opened up their new law firm just in time for the new year in Detroit’s historic Corktown. It will not just be your ordinary law firm. Their mission will be to provide the maximum client experience in a onestop-shop format. At Great Lakes, they have enough expertise to handle cases in a variety of areas, including family law, probate and estate planning, criminal law, and business and commercial matters. “What sets Great Lakes apart from other law firms is that we have a unique set of skills and services that we bring to the client,” said Alcendor. “My expertise is in criminal, family and probate matters, and I am a Certified Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office Civil Mediator.” “As attorneys, we have a unique ability to support people when they are going through some of the most difficult times of their lives, whether it is the death of a family member, incarceration or child support and family matters, we pool all of our resources, strategize and ultimately get the best results for our clients.” The two met shortly after Alcendor graduated from law school and interned at Crump-Gibson’s C&G Solutions PLC. They remained in contact and when the idea came about for them to join forces

last spring, they put their ideas in motion and now have one of the few, if not the only known black female law firm in Detroit. “I know of a few black female lawyers who practice together, but they don’t have their own law firm,” said Crump-Gibson. “So I thought this would be a great idea for Ayanna and me to do — bring our minds together in our specific areas of law and have everything inhouse. I crossed my fingers and talked to her about it and thankfully she was onboard.” Crump-Gibson focuses her practice on business and commercial matters, probate and estate planning and governmental affairs. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and Wayne State University Law School and past president of the Wolverine Bar Association and Wolverine Bar Foundation. The Northern Kentucky native has served on a number of boards and mentoring groups and was destined to go into law to help make a change. “I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer,” she said. “I’ve always been big on helping others and tackling problems. That’s pretty much what being a lawyer is all about — helping people with their issues and when you are faced with some kind of problem or task, you have to produce an outcome. So it came naturally to me.” Alcendor moved to Detroit in 2008 with her sister, after graduating from Denison University. She earned a bache-

lor’s degree in biology but soon realized that being a doctor was not her calling. So she pursued her real passion, graduating from Western Michigan Cooley Law School in 2013. Her past work experiences include working with Judge Mark A. Random, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and other area boutique firms. “There are so many barriers in the healthcare field that I knew I wanted to do something else,” said Alcendor. “I knew I wanted to go into policy and changing laws and the best way to do that is to be a lawyer. So I kind of just fell into it.” Great Lakes will also have another location to serve metro Detroiters, its Oakland County location in Lathrup Village. They realize that they are two black female attorneys in a field and place where you do not see too many who look like them. But that is the beauty of what they are accomplishing in this new era of Detroit. They have set out to become a powerhouse together and to be an inspiration to those coming behind them. “Almost anywhere I’ve gone to practice or in any courtroom, I’ve gotten funny looks,” Crump-Gibson. “That is just what is going to happen when you’re a black female lawyer. There aren’t too many of us, especially in this area. But we’ve both embraced those challenges and are more than qualified to represent Detroiters in a number of areas.”

Startup Story Night for Entrepreneurs, Feb. 16 Four local entrepreneurs will take center stage with help from Satori Shakoor The New Economy Initiative (NEI) and Model D are seeking submissions for the Second Annual Startup Story Night, a storytelling event for metro Detroit entrepreneurs. This year’s storytellers will receive one-on-one training with host Satori Shakoor, founder and executive producer of the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, a live curated storytelling event. Submissions are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 12, 11:59 p.m. Interested entrepreneurs can submit a brief overview of their startup story. NEI and Model D are asking local entrepreneurs to submit their stories based on this year’s theme, “Love What You Do,” focusing on the lengths business owners go to for the love of their companies. All Southeast Michigan-based entrepreneurs, new and experienced, are encouraged to apply.

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Four storytellers will be selected to workshop their stories with Shakoor, a profes-

sional storyteller and a social entrepreneur, before performing them in front of a live audience at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History on Friday, Feb. 16. For more information, please visit Shakoor designs and facilitates storytelling workshops in the art and craft of storytelling in the community for organizations, corporations and privately as a coach. Last year, hundreds of people packed Planet Ant Hall to hear five local entrepreneurs share the challenges and triumphs of growing their businesses live on stage at a standing-room-only event emceed by Glynn Washington, host of WNYC’s “Snap Judgment” podcast. “The success of last year’s event was such an eye-opening experience,” said Pam Lewis, director of the New Economy Initiative. “Through this program, we learned that entrepreneurs need a platform to share their stories and aspiring entrepreneurs need a place to be inspired to make that leap into entrepreneurship. We are excited to put on this event once again and provide that space for both audiences.”

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small business spotlight

The Longest Touch Tommy Longest | President & CEO Diversified Manufacturing & Assembly (DMA)

By Donald James

and rework.”

In today’s tough world of business, it’s difficult to successfully operate one company. Yet, Tommy Longest serves as president and CEO of a group of companies, all of which are Michigan headquartered. Longest’s companies are Great Lakes Equipment Rentals & Supplies, PCM Fettes, Precision Support Services, Precision Components Mfg. Diversified Manufacturing & Assembly (DMA), a joint venture with American Axle & Manufacturing, is Longest’s latest business.

While each of Longest’s company is independent of the other and does not resources, his formula for collective success.

“We manufacture and assemble various products that go into moving both passenger and off-highway vehicles, better known as driveline components,” Longest said. “Such parts include rear axle carriers, differential cases, wheel hubs, ring gear blanks and bearing caps.” Longest said Precision Components Mfg. does the same type of manufacturing as DMA, but produces much smaller parts. Great Lakes Equipment Rentals & Supplies provides aerial work platforms (high reach equipment) for workers to perform jobs at elevated levels. He believes this company is the state of Michigan’s only African American-owned business that provides this type of high reach equipment, and MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) services. Additionally, Longest heads PCM Fettes, a full-service CNC machine shop, which offers milling and turning and light assembly for low-to-mid production of machine metals and plastics. He is also top executive for Precision Support Services, which renders quality inspection and rework (sorting and containment), contract services and customer representation. “This company operates throughout North America including Mexico,” Longest said. “We recently entered into Romania and Brazil, and support pretty much all automotive companies that have a need for someone to sort, inspect, contain

“It’s a combination of each having an outstanding team, and me having a great passion for what I do,” Longest said. “It’s about having commitment, drive and seeing firsthand the impact you have on people’s lives. Creating value and building sustainable enterprises get me excited to face another day in business.” Interestingly, before becoming an entrepreneur about 12 years ago, Longest was excited about politics, having worked for U.S. Representative John Conyers, Jr. Longest even thought about running for mayor of Detroit. However, a childhood friend’s father, Abe Venable, who was one of the first black executive directors of urban affairs at General Motors, talked to Longest about opportunities as an owner and operator of a retail automotive franchise. These days, Longest, who holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution from Eastern Michigan University and a certificate in business from Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business, is focused on growing his businesses, and at the same time, giving back to the community which has given him so much. He loves mentoring young people. Longest sits on the board of directors for the Midnight Golf Program, a mentoring organization that helps young people transition from high school to college. He’s also an advisory board member for Henry Ford College School of Manufacturing & CAD Design. Longest credits his wife, Kelly, and son Kamden and daughter Khloe for being his constant inspiration. “Without their support and encouragement, I couldn’t do what I do,” said Longest. “They allow me to do what I love to do as an entrepreneur.”

Essence Magazine returns to black ownership By Stacy M. Brown

(NNPA Newswire Contributor)

In a deal that reestablishes Essence magazine as a totally, Black and independently-owned entity, Sundial Brands founder Richelieu Dennis recently announced the purchase of Essence Communications from Time Inc. The Essence Communications deal also comes a week after Dennis was knighted in his native Liberia by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who admitted him into the Most Venerable Order of the Knighthood of the Pioneer with the Grade of Knight Commander. Sirleaf reportedly described Dennis as an “Awesome Hero.” “Talk about surreal,” Dennis said in an interview with NNPA Newswire. “I can’t even bring myself to say [knighthood]. It’s been a phenomenal week.” Dennis said that the purchase of Essence Communications comes with a deep-seated passion and commitment to making sure that, “we are

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Dr. Cleamon Moorer, Jr. was appointed to the position of chairman of the board for Habitat for Humanity in Macomb County. The board will begin serving in 2018 as Habitat for Humanity in Macomb County celebrates 25 years of service, and will focus on community impact and address overlooked populations, including the homeless.

The City of Birmingham hired Tiffany Gunter as its new assistant city manager. In this role, she will act as the chief liaison between elected officials and the members of the public the officials are elected to serve. Prior to this position, she was interim CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) and served the agency in a number of leadership roles, public spokesperson, CFO, IT director, project manager and grant writer.

Matt Joshua was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Winning Futures, a nonprofit organization in Warren, Michigan that empowers young people to succeed through mentoring, strategic planning and workforce preparation.

Moorer is the dean of the College of Business at Baker College, in Flint, Michigan’s largest, private not-for-profit college. Through the partnership of Habitat for Humanity and Baker’s College, Moorer plans to increase the group’s retail footprint by bringing them online with website design, fundraising appeals, media outreach and program design. Moorer also is a published author of peer-reviewed articles in several academic journals and serves on numerous boards. In addition, Moorer is a motivational speaker with the Young Black Minds Speaker’s Bureau.

Gunter’s other public service work includes serving as executive dean at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) in 2014. She served as deputy project manager of transportation for 10 years (2004-2014) for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). She also previously worked with DaimlerChrysler and Kmart. She earned her bachelor’s degree in General Management and Finance and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Joshua first became involved with Winning Futures as the 2017 event chair for Corks & Forks, an annual fundraiser. Under his leadership, the event raised almost $300,000 which went toward mentoring and scholarship programs. Joshua joined the Board of Directors after the event and continued to impact the students involved in the program. He is the global purchasing executive director of electrical systems and advanced products for General Motors. Prior to his current assignment, he was purchasing director- information technology, responsible for global IT hardware, software and services. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

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Richelieu Dennis doing everything we can to leverage the power of the business to impact our community in a positive way and to demonstrate that we can run highly-profitable organizations.” Dennis continued: “We can also leverage the impact and the resources that those businesses generate to drive economic empowerment and social justice in our communities for ourselves and by ourselves.” Dorothy Leavell, the chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and the publisher of the Crusader Newspaper Group, said that it was good news to hear that ownership of Essence magazine has returned to the Black community. “I hope it’s a trend,” said Leavell. “We do need strong Black ownership in our industry, even as I’m expecting that our Black newspapers will prosper in 2018.” Leavell also said that she hopes that Black entrepreneurs will see the work and products of the Black Press and “seek to restore some light.” Leavell added: “We need more and more publications that depict us in a positive way and that’s certainly what ‘Essence’ has done in the past and I hope they will continue.” While financial terms of the Essence Communications purchase weren’t disclosed, Dennis said he’s not only retaining Essence President Michelle Ebanks, who will continue to run the company, but Ebanks will also join the organization’s board of directors and lead an all-Black executive team at Essence, who will have equity stakes in the business. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude,” Ebanks told

the NNPA Newswire. “The ‘Essence’ brand…has always had a special place in the hearts and minds of Black women and entrepreneurs and leaders like [Dennis] recognized ‘Essence’ and its importance and wants to restore it. This has allowed a dream to come true and we couldn’t be happier.” Ebanks said that it was an extraordinary and special privilege to be part of an organization that would be responsible for elevating Black women in the industry. Dennis said the deal to purchase Essence came together rather quickly after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal about Time Inc.’s intention to sell the company. “The stars aligned. We started to think about the implications of what this would mean if ‘Essence’ were truly bought back into the community and the impact it could have on the audience and on the industry to be able to create our content and to monetize our own content,” said Dennis. “There was never a waiver in the commitment on what ‘Essence’ means to our community.” Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, congratulated Richelieu Dennis for purchasing Essence magazine and for returning this iconic publication to 100 percent Black ownership. “This is a very timely and an important milestone for the Black Press in America and throughout the world,” said Chavis. “Essence magazine, under the able leadership of Michelle Ebanks, is a valued treasure of Black America and the NNPA acknowledges, with supportive gratitude, Richelieu Dennis for this significant Black-owned business transaction.”

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15 Small business grants for women Several lenders and corporations have acknowledged some disadvantages women face as entrepreneurs and they have attempted to reduce gender inequality and build the economy with these 15 small business grants for women. 1. The Eileen-Fisher ­Women-Owned Business Grant Female entrepreneurs who are in need of capital to expand a business can apply for the Eileen-Fisher Women-Owned Business Grant. Eileen-Fisher awards five women with grants up to $120,000. To be considered for this grant, yours must be a woman-owned company that promotes social and environmental change. Your business must have existed for at least three years, and you cannot have earned more than $1 million in annual profits.

FedEx’s media outlets. 3. InnovateHER Grant The InnovateHER Challenge is sponsored by the Small Business Administration. This women-only grant allows budding entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to audiences and a panel of judges. The national winner receives a $75,000 grant to transform her ideas into profitable products or services. 4. Amber Grants Amber Grants are suitable for female entrepreneurs who are planning to launch small, local businesses. Each month, one female-owned business is selected for a $500 grant. At the end of the year, one of the monthly winners is selected for a $2,000 grant. To apply for an Amber Grant, you simply need to explain the purpose of your business.

2. FedEx Small Business Grant

5. Small Business Technology Transfer Program

FedEx has demonstrated through its previous grant competitions that it is fair with its distribution of funds to women and men. To determine the winner, FedEx allows the public to vote for their favorite company in the competition. The winners with the most votes receive a $75,000 grant, and they receive free exposure through

Your company may also be able to obtain funds from the Small Business Technology Transfer Program for research and development needs. To obtain a research grant from the federal government, your company must have fewer than 500 employees. You can earn up to $75,000 during the startup phase, and you can receive an

additional $750,000 if your research yields positive results. 6. Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corp Small Business Competition If you are looking for funds to grow your human capital, pay attention to the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corp Small Business Competition. The WVEC offers a small business competition for women who would like to be trained to take their companies to the next level. Competitors simply need to present a two-minute presentation about an innovative business idea. If you are selected as the winner, you will gain access to an eight-month business training course. 7. Smart Women Smart Money Utah’s Zion Bank offers a grant competition for women in search of capital for their business ventures. The winner of this competition receives a $3,000 grant to invest in her business. 8. Small Business Innovation Research If you have a cutting-edge idea that you believe will satisfy the needs of the market, apply for a Small Business Innovation Research grant. Your company can earn a $150,000 grant to

establish research and development goals. If the goals are proven to be feasible, you can receive up to $1 million in a two-year window. 9. Mission Main Street Project Tech giant Google and finance leader Chase offer over $3 million in grants to 20 businesses each year. The sponsors have been recognized for their commitment to progressive goals in the past, and women and minorities have successfully obtained funding. The Mission Main Street Project awards $150,000 grants to winners. 10. Mom Inspired Grants Huggies offers its Mom Inspired grants to women who create innovate products and who are “inspired by the joys of motherhood.” Twelve mothers are awarded $15,000 grants each year. 11. Open Meadows Foundation Grants The Open Meadows Foundation awards grants to women on a biannual basis. To qualify for this grant, your company must promote racial, gender or economic equality in some way. Your company’s operational budget cannot exceed $75,000. If your

company is selected by the panel, you can earn a $2,000 grant. 12. Halstead Grant If your small business sells silver jewelry, you may earn a Halstead Grant. Each year, a $6,000 grant is awarded to a designer who demonstrates exceptional talent with silver jewelry designs. 13. Idea Cafe Grants Idea Cafe offers numerous grants to forward-thinking business owners who aim to trigger positive social and environmental changes in the world. Throughout the year, you can apply for $1,000 grants. 14. 37 Angels Grants 37 Angels is an organization that recognizes the disadvantages that female entrepreneurs face in the loan market. To help women keep their companies afloat, 37 Angels offers grants as large as $150,000. 15. Belle Capital Grants Belle Capital offers grants to companies led by women. The sizes of the grants vary, and you can also gain access to an angel investment fund to launch or expand your business.

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Songs for Social Justice Live Concert D Alexander Bullock Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois, 2 pm - 4 pm, $15 | 2 for $20

UNCF/DIAC MLK Birthday ­Celebration

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and help area students make it to and through college. Shriners Silver Garden Events Center, 24350 Southfield Rd., Southfield, 8: 30 am

15th Annual Detroit MLK Day Rally and March for Jobs, Peace and Justice Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit, 12 noon

MLK Day at Wright Museum

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 9 am to 6 pm, free with museum admission, $8/ages 13–61, $5/ages 3–12, free/­ under 3, call 313.494.5800

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

University of Michigan Detroit Center 3663 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 10 am. The annual MLK Day symposium is one of the largest local celebrations of Dr. King’s life and features keynote speakers, panel discussions and more. 313-593-8584, FREE

MLK Peace Walk Celebration in Southfield

9:30 am/Walk, Hope United Methodist Church, 26275 Northwestern Highway 11 am/program, Southfield Pavilion, 2600 Evergreen Road, free

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 11 am/art wookshop | 1 pm/presentation, free with museum admission, free/ Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties, free/kids 5 and under and members, others, $14/adults, $9/seniors, $8/college students, $6/ages 6-17, 313.833.7900

MLK Jr. ‘Bring the Dream to Life’ Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 10 am-4 pm The museum offers a wide variety of activities, crafts and performances that let families of all backgrounds play together and learn of King’s life and legacy, in honor of what would have been his 89th birthday. Free, parking fees apply, 313.833.7935

Martin Luther King Day at the Henry Ford Museum Celebrate MLK’s life with live music, hands-on activities and crafts 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, 313.982.6001, 9:30 am–5 pm, free

Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Celebration honors the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and awards up to six scholarships to students that best demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities through their involvement on campus and in the community by breaking down racial and cultural stereotypes. Keynote Speaker: Ed Gordon. Oakland University, 312 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester, MI 248-3704404, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


By Myrna Brazell-Williams Martin Luther had a dream, the children ask, what does it mean? And you try to explain to them, what this dream really meant to him. A dream is only in the mind they say, hoping to come alive one day. Dreams can come true if we begin to live it And put our very heart and soul in it. Often times we need a partner To make our dreams come true, Now this means me and it means you. So come on children, there’s work to do If you want to be a live part of the dream Of a Godly man called Martin Luther King. A dream is a vision that can happen today But what do you wish me to do, they say? King opened the door, he led the way. I would say your strongest tool Would be to follow the golden rule. Whether you are black or white King dreamed we could live together without strife. King also wanted children to get an education. A strong mind will build a very strong nation. — A Michigan Chronicle Reader





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Where City Meets Life and Life Meets Style

Reflections By Steve Holsey

What MLK would think Before getting into what the headline promises, I think it is important to note that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the greatest, most effective and most charismatic civil rights leader in the history of mankind, wasn’t always immersed in seriousness. He also enjoyed having fun, as very limited time permitted. That’s why I love the picture below of Dr. King playing pool. Now on to what would be MLK’s mindset were he to come back today.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron in the musical

‘The Bodyguard’ By AJ Williams

In her return to the stage, Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox stars as Rachel Marron in the hit musical “The Bodyguard.”

Dr. King liked to have fun too.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, a former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.

First, I think he would be very disappointed in the squabbling amongst his children, and the way they are handling certain matters pertaining to the King Center — such as making people pay for the use of Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

“The Bodyguard,” a romantic thriller, features many classic songs, including “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time, “Saving All My Love For You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time, “I Will Always Love You.”

Secondly, he would be bursting with pride over the fact that we had a black president — an excellent one, Barack Obama — which seemed highly unlikely, at best, during the civil rights era. Then he would be mortified that the unqualified, self-centered, racially insensitive, sexist, dangerous Donald Trump had managed to become president.

“The Bodyguard” hits Detroit this month, as part of the Fisher Theatre’s Broadway in Detroit series, and Cox couldn’t be more excited to portray such an iconic role. “I think it’s a dream role. For an artist like myself, it has everything. The singing, the acting, the dancing. It’s just one of those dream roles, and these types of roles don’t come very often.” Cox said.

So, Dr. King would go from disappointment to exhilaration to dismay, but still be hopeful that common sense would prevail in the coming years.

“I wanted the chance to bring the story to stage in front of a whole new audience, which has never been done. And being a huge fan of the movie and Whitney Houston, I know the huge challenges and what was expected. It’s just one of those roles that you just don’t say no to.”

ANITA BAKER announced a year or so ago that she was retiring, but she didn’t say she would never sing again. Still, it was somewhat of a surprise when she announced Anita Baker last week that she would be doing a farewell tour, starting in March. It’s extra special because Baker turns 60 at the end of the month.

Although Cox handled the lead vocals for “Whitney,” the biopic directed by Angela Bassett, preparation for this role was entirely different, “In the musical, I am not emulating Whitney Houston. In the film, it was more about the voice and tonality of Whitney’s voice, but in the musical, it’s about the character. It’s more about telling the story from Rachel’s perspective,” she said. Cox expressed that the most significant challenge was re-structuring the songs more reflectively, to embody Rachel’s character.

“We’ll paint pictures together to last a lifetime,” is how Baker poetically put it, adding, “Let’s party!”

“The music in this show lends more to what Rachel is feeling versus just singing a song as a recording artist. Like the love for her son she expresses when she sings, ‘The Greatest Love of All.’

No concert dates have been announced, but we assume that Detroit will be on the itinerary. Anita was born in Toledo but lived most of her life in Detroit. We hear she is now living on the West Coast.

“I think audiences will be surprised that it’s

JEFFREY OSBORNE, another one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, has a new album coming out this spring titled “Worth It All.” Toni Braxton has one scheduled for February as does Justin Timberlake. They both have odd titles — hers is “Sex & Cigarettes,” his is “Man of the Woods.” Brian McKnight got married recently, to Leilani Mendoza who is from the Philippines. McKnight and his first wife, Julie, were Brian McKnight and married Leilani Mendoza from 1990 to 2003 and have two children. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger fondly recalls meeting Barack Obama at the Kennedy

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Although the movie is an iconic one that is a favorite of many, the musical will give the audience a different view with some surprises.


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Friday, 1.12: Marble Bar Presents: Scott Grooves, 9pm Marble Bar | Detroit Info

Friday, 1.12: Girls Night Out at the Movies: “Proud Mary,” 8pm Emagine Theatre | Royal Oak Grab your girlfriends to join us for a private screening of “Proud Mary” Info:

Sunday, 1.14: Cirque du Soleil Crystal, 5pm Little Caesars Arena| Detroit


Crystal is the 42nd production from Cirque du Soleil and first-ever experience on ice. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics.



Monday, 1.15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, 8am

Fisher Theatre • Jan. 16–28

Charles Wright Museum | Detroit Info,, 800-982-2787, box office 313-872-1000. Groups (10+): or 313-871-1132. 7:30PM Jan. 21.

Deborah Cox From page C-1

a romantic thriller, it’s see it’s a stalker, you see him in and out of the scenes and he's more prevalent in the musical than he was in the film,” she said. “Although the storyline is the same, you get a sense of the danger while you’re in your seats. I also think because there is more music in this. You hear the songs in their entirety, and there are additional songs, like “The Greatest Love Of All” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” along with “Run to You” which is a duet with her sister.” So what’s next for Deborah Cox? “Rest,” she said. “More music of course, but once the tour ends, rest.” “The Bodyguard” runs Jan. 16-28 at the Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. For tickets and performance times, visit www.ticketmaster. com. *Note: Deborah Cox is not scheduled to perform at the Saturday matinee and Sunday evening performances.

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Reflections From page C-1

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she was a student at Cass Tech High School, Diana Ross used to bus tables in the basement cafeteria of Hudson’s. She said she was “always beautifully groomed.”

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shopping in Detroit hours are:

MEMORIES: “Hey Girl” (Freddie Scott), “Superster (Remember How You Got Where You are)” (the Temptations), “Boogie Fever” (the Sylvers), “Native New Yorker” (Odyssey), “Push It” (SaltN-Pepa), “My Eyes Don’t Cry” (Stevie Wonder), “Girl” (Prince).




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A reliable friend to Detroit youth and families Caring transforms lives: Since 1982, COTS has stepped up to the plate to serve with care the most vulnerable members of our community, including many youth. And on Jan. 25 caring people across our region will have an opportunity to support COTS at the 19th annual Soup City fundraiser.

Jan. 25 ‘Soup City’ is one way to support a nonprofit that serves many

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Cliff “Chain” Williams shared a 2017 moment with another PSL basketball legend, Debra Walker (Mumford), as Williams joined Walker as an inductee into the Detroit High School Hall of Fame.

By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle To address a critical need in our community at a particular moment in time is indeed admirable. However, to remain committed, year after year, requires a type of dedication that is rarely seen. That is why COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter) is so worthy of our community’s respect. Since 1982, plain and simple, COTS has been committed to serving the most vulnerable members of the Detroit community. This vital friend to our community exists to alleviate homelessness through an array of services that enable deserving people in our community to achieve self-sufficiency and obtain quality affordable housing. In addition, COTS is an ongoing advocate for long-term solutions to the problems of homelessness. In 2018, as the “Best of Young Detroit” continues to share stories that celebrate and strengthen our youth, we want to do our part to raise further awareness of COTS because helping Detroit youth is an enormous part of the good work COTS performs daily. “COTS’ Family-Only Emergency Shelter served 831 people last year, over 600 of those were children,” said Frankie Piccirilli, chief development officer for COTS. “It is critical that Detroit families have a place to lay their head at night. COTS is committed to not only housing homeless families but coaching them through situational poverty; providing a sense of community support and the network they need to be successful.” The “Best of Young Detroit” thanks Ms. Piccirilli and COTS marketing and media relations manager, Aisha Morrell, for recently taking time to communicate with us during a stretch of bitterly cold days when the need for COTS in our community was no doubt heightened. And in return, the “Best of Young Detroit” would like to call attention to an upcoming event that Ms. Piccirilli, Ms. Morrell and the entire COTS family has been working very hard on—the 19th annual Soup City fundraiser. Soup City: A Night At The Gallery, will be hosted by Jason Carr and Taryn Asher, and will take place the evening of Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Historic GEM and Century Theatres (333 Madison Avenue, Detroit). As the 2018 Soup City invitation reads, the fundraiser will provide a special opportunity to view the “Art of Family” while walking through COTS’ “gallery of triumph.” Soup City also will provide an opportunity to connect with families in a way that will challenge traditional perceptions of homelessness and erase the biases and misconceptions of what homeless families experience.

For any organization or individual seeking a worthy cause to support as we begin a new year, Soup City is certainly deserving of consideration. To find more information about Soup City and the ongoing ways COTS serves youth and families in our community, please visit

Cliff Williams: A ‘Hall of Fame Gentleman’ who scored 61 points in a PSL game As basketball season heats up across the Detroit Public School League, many fine young ballplayers—boys and girls—will take the court. However, despite the abundance of young basketball talent in our city, it is unlikely that any of the players competing this season will approach what Cliff “Chain” Williams accomplished while starring at Detroit Southwestern High School. In a 1963 contest against Chadsey High School, Williams poured in an amazing 61 points. With the help of a very special community history project undertaken by our good friends Mike “Tiger” Price and Tony Austin for the Detroit Sports Zone’s Detroit High School Hall of Fame, the “Best of Young Detroit” learned that Mr. Williams is also a “Hall of Fame Gentleman,” who has been a mentor to many Detroit youth. Following are a few nuggets of wisdom that Mr. Williams shared during an interview with “Tiger” Price. The “Best of Young Detroit” believes the topics Mr. Williams covered are timeless and we share his insights with the hope that his words can inspire youth in our community today. The importance friendships




Mr. Cliff Williams: “Personality means a lot and I was never one that shied away from people—I always wanted to be friends with everyone. And I always thought that took you a long way just being friends with people in the neighborhood that you identified with and they identified with you. It was pretty nice coming up—I really enjoyed it and the people.” The importance of hard work and perseverance Mr. Cliff Williams: “It (education and athletics) works hand in hand and it all consists of hard work and dedication—doing your homework, listening to your parents…Being involved in sports takes a lot out of you and can take a lot of time away from your homework and other things, and that’s why you have to put in extra time. But that is mostly involved in everything you do and try to accomplish in life. It’s going to take hard work and staying in there, and if you have problems, there is always someone out there who is willing to help you or advise you, which will help you go a long way in life. And as you accomplish things in life, you can pass it on.”

UAW-Ford’s Best of Young Detroit

Special College Bowl Games Recap Former standouts from Detroit high schools were extremely busy during this past college football campaign, including the bowl season. Even more important than the contributions they made in their school’s closing games, each of the Detroiters represent young men that are pursuing higher education. Following is a statistical recap of what some of our finest Detroit products produced on the field during the bowl season:

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Michael Oliver, Central Michigan/Cass Tech, the sophomore linebacker made eight tackles in a 37-14 defeat against Wyoming in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22. For the season, Oliver registered 68 tackles, including two tackles for lost yardage, in nine games. Michael Onwenu, U-M/Cass Tech, the sophomore was a starter at left guard in the Outback Bowl and contributed to an offensive line that helped the Wolverines gain 277 total yards against South Carolina.

Mycial Allen, Northern Illinois/Martin Luther King, playing at Ford Field, the redshirt senior safety didn’t hold anything back as he registered 12 tackles and broke up a pass attempt in a 36-14 defeat against Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26.

Donovan Peoples-Jones, U-M/Cass Tech, the true freshman had six receptions for 58 yards and netted 13 yards on four punt returns. For the season, he registered 22 receptions for 277 yards and netted 320 yards, including one TD, on punt returns.

Lavert Hill, U-M/Martin Luther King, the sophomore DB was a starter in the Wolverines’ secondary and registered a tackle to go along with his pass coverage duties during a hardfought 26-19 Outback Bowl defeat against South Carolina on Jan. 1. For the season, Hill registered two interceptions, including a pick6, to go along with 25 tackles, including five tackles for lost yardage.

Ambry Thomas, U-M/Martin Luther King, the true freshman continued his opportunistic play on special teams by recovering a fumble on a punt against South Carolina.

Applications available for 2018 CAYF Scholars Program The “Best of Young Detroit” wishes to inform Detroit high school students in the Class of 2018, along with their families that applications for the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF) Scholars Program are now available. CAYF awards scholarships up to $5,000 annually for four or five years to eligible graduating seniors. Funds must be used to pay for expenses related to college including tuition, fees, room and board, books and transportation. Applicants for the 2018 CAYF Scholars Program must be residents of Detroit who will graduate from a Detroit high school public, private or parochial - during 2018. Applicants also must: •Plan to attend a four-year accredited college or university in Michigan or a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

•Meet all admission requirements of the college or university. •Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better. •Demonstrate financial need (proof of annual family income is required). A 2017 W-2 Federal Income Tax form filed with IRS is required to accompany this application and must be signed by a parent or guardian. Application is not accepted without this information. •Complete a scholarship application and provide the required attachments. •Provide proof of residence in Detroit. Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 9, 2018 and can be found at

“Best of Young Detroit” George “The Iceman” Gervin: Basketball royalty born in “The D” The dates were January 7 and January 8 and the year was 1972. On those consecutive dates, Eastern Michigan University’s men’s basketball team registered victories in impressive fashion, beginning with a 110-99 triumph over Brockport State (NY) followed by an 8074 victory against Kentucky Wesleyan. Those victories came toward the beginning of an 18-game winning streak reeled off by Eastern during the 1971-72 campaign, and Detroit’s own George “The Iceman” Gervin was a major contributor to the team’s success. For the season, Gervin scored an astounding 29.5 points a game to go along with an average of 15.7 rebounds. Eastern would finish the season 24-7 and Gervin’s play began to receive national attention. However, what happened toward the end of that 1971-72 season threatened to change the course of basketball history. Playing in the NCAA College Division tournament (Eastern Michigan was not yet a Division 1 program), Gervin and his mates defeated tournament host Evansville in a regional final. For the remainder of the tournament Eastern players were the targets of hostile fans, and when Eastern played Roanoke (Va.) College in a semifinal matchup, frustrations escalated. A famous punch was thrown and Gervin’s collegiate career abruptly ended. Once viewed as a potential candidate for the 1972 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team, the King High product began playing semipro basketball for a team out of Pontiac. Fortunately, talent, timing and luck would bail Gervin out. While playing for the Pontiac team, Gervin caught the attention of former NBA star Johnny “Red” Kerr, who contacted the Virginia Squires of the ABA, and in 1973, the Squires selected Gervin in a special-circumstance draft. At Virginia, Gervin played with the “Doctor,” Julius Erving and a guard named Roland “Fatty” Taylor, who always will have a place in history for giving Gervin a nickname, which eventually evolved into “The Iceman.” Then the San Antonio Spurs won a court battle and purchased Gervin’s contract in 1974, and armed with a potent offensive game and a now cool, calm demeanor, the six-foot-seven phenomenon was more than ready to make his mark on the game. During his 14-year career in the ABA and NBA, Gervin scored 26,595 regular-season points. He averaged more than 20 points three times in the ABA and nine times in the NBA. And for two NBA seasons, Gervin burned the nets for better than 30 points a night. His many career highlights include a

Damon Webb, Ohio State/Cass Tech, in his final game in an OSU uniform, the senior safety made a strong statement with a 23-yard interception return for a TD, a 20yard fumble recovery and five solo tackles in a 24-7 Cotton Bowl victory against the University of Southern California (USC) on Dec. 29. For the season, Webb registered five interceptions, recovered two fumbles and made 61 tackles. Mike Weber Jr., Ohio State/Cass Tech, the redshirt sophomore contributed to Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl victory with 34 yards of total offense, including 16 yards on one pass reception. Despite being slowed at the beginning of the campaign with a hamstring injury, Weber still gained 863 all-purpose yards to go with 10 TDs this past season.

Early registration is on for 2018 Legends League spring season A message from Coach Garrett Street, director of Legends League Baseball, is a sure sign that winter will not be around forever. Supported by UAW-Ford, Legends League Baseball provides affordable baseball to Detroit-area youth and families of Detroit-area youth, while focusing on baseball skill and character development. Legends League Baseball activities include spring and fall league play, developmental clinics, regional tournaments and special events. Coach Street recently informed the “Best of Young Detroit” that early registration is underway for teams that desire to play in the 2018 Legends League Baseball spring league. A $100 early-bird registration fee for teams is in effect until Feb. 1. The fee for teams that register after Feb. 1 will be $125. Outside of the registration fees paid by teams, there are no additional fees accessed to families that have youth participating in


Legends League Baseball. Following are the age divisions for the 2018 Legends League Baseball spring league: -- 9 and under -- 10 and under -- 12 and under -- 13-14 intermediate (This is a junior high league for players no older than 14) Legends League Baseball games are played on well maintained fields in our community, including two state-of-the-art venues: the UAW-Ford Balduck Main Field and William Clay Ford Field. Coaches with formed teams, as well as interested parents, can contact Coach Street about the Legends Leagues Baseball spring season at 313-363-7271.

Week in PSL


VARSITY GIRLS GAMES Thursday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m. Division 1 Osborn at King Denby at Pershing Cass at Renaissance Mumford at Cody Division 2 Leadership Academy at Southeastern Delta Prep at Detroit International Academy Western at DCP Northwestern Communication & Media Arts at West Side Academy

VARSITY BOYS GAMES Friday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m. special night on April 9, 1978. Earlier that day, in Detroit, Denver’s David Thompson scored 73 points against the Pistons, in what was the Pistons’ final game at Cobo Arena. With that performance, it appeared Thompson would win the NBA scoring title for that season, but then The Iceman received a call from a sports writer. Gervin was informed that he needed to score 58 points against New Orleans that night to win the scoring crown. Despite missing his first six shots, Gervin amazingly scored 53 points by halftime, including a then NBA-record 33 points in the second quarter. He would finish with 63 points in 33 minutes to win his first of four NBA scoring titles. A nine-time NBA All-Star and an inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Gervin was a dominant force on the basketball court in his signature silky-smooth style. Well-deserved praise has been awarded to “The Iceman” throughout his life for the excellence he achieved and the humanity he displayed, while also overcoming adversity and challenges. In making the case for why “The Iceman” should be forever celebrated in our city, we close with words from another basketball legend, former Harlem Globetrotter Dr. John Kline (Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame and Michigan Sports Hall of Fame). Dr. Kline shared these words about “The Iceman” many years ago with someone who is now close to the “Best of Young Detroit” and we are humbled to share these words with readers of our section in 2018. In describing the greatness of Mr. George Gervin, Dr. John Kline said: “He’s a credit to the city of Detroit and a credit to Martin Luther King High, and we need to keep heroes like that in front of our kids. He’s one of the top 50 players of all time. If that’s not something to be proud of, than what is?”

Division 1 East English Village at Edison Public School Academy King at Pershing DCP Northwestern at Western Cass at Henry Ford Division 2 Davis Aerospace vs. Delta Prep West Side Academy at Denby Southeastern at Leadership Academy Communication & Media Arts at Mumford Frederick Douglass at Central Tuesday, Jan. 16, 4 p.m. Division 1 Edison Public School Academy at Pershing Osborn at King Henry Ford at DCP Northwestern Cass at Renaissance Division 2 Leadership Academy at Davis Aerospace Denby at Delta Prep West Side Academy at Southeastern Communication & Media Arts at Central Cody at Frederick Douglass

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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan - 4 Current Vacancies: Financial Technician, Electronic Court Reporter Operator/Generalist Clerk, Human Resources Specialist and Temporary Court Services Generalist. These positions are located in Detroit. See the vacancy announcements at http://www.mied.uscourts. gov for representative duties, responsibilities, benefits, job requirements and application instructions. EOE

A Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) is being issued by The City of Highland Park for a Construction Management Contractor to manage the paving and construction of the Davison Service Drive. Specifications can be found on The City’s website or by e-mail request to Deadline for submission is Friday, January 26th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Canton Township is now accepting applications for the Public Safety Service Officer position. Application Deadline: January 17, 2018. Job description w/ complete qualifications and hiring process available on Canton Township website: (EOE)



Shauree Pullum-Daniels November 18, 1967 – December 31, 2017

Beloved daughter of Gary and Annie Pullum; devoted wife of Charles Daniels; mother of Sharveh, Saeed, Sahir, Imani and Savod; loving sister of Sheldon (Carmaletta) Pullum; aunt of Christian and daughter-in-law of Carolyn Daniels. She was the owner of Definitely Different Boutique located in Oak Park, Michigan and designer of Shauree Originals. She was so much more than a proprietor, also a friend and confidant to all that knew her. The fabric will never be the same and to say she will be missed is an understatement. We love you and the void that has been left will never be filled. Friday, January 12, 2018 Viewing from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Swanson Funeral Home 14752 West McNichols Road - Detroit, MI 48235 Saturday, January 13, 2018 Family Hour – 10 a.m. Homegoing Service – 11 a.m. New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church 6330 Pembroke – Detroit, MI 48221


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SERCO, Inc. is a for-profit employment and training organization and the American Job Center Case Management Provider for Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. SERCO is seeking a vendor to provide Transformational Programming for parolees and participants enrolled in the Detroit ReEntry Demonstration Project. A Bid Package can be obtained by emailing vsanchez@ with Company Name, Contact Person, Telephone Number and valid email address. Deadline for submission is January 19, 2018. There will be no bidders’ conference. For questions, please contact via email Veronica S. Peavey at




Coordinates, plans, and monitors organizational training programs and coordinates multiple technical functions required to provide services in an integrated system. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Five years progressively responsible office experience including two years’ experience working with computerized learning systems and direct experience in office coordination. Ability to provide one on one training. This is a full time, clerical-technical position. Salary is $44,658.00 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by January 16, 2018. Must apply on line to:





This position performs or reviews accounting for various university fund activities, prepares financial reporting and assists with financial system administration. Prepares financial analyses, assists with year-end closing and performs various investment administration activities. Provides advice and training to accounting staff. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Strong knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel. Minimum three years broad-based accounting experience. Ability to use financial accounting technology. Ability to manage complex financial activities and projects. Refer to online posting for additional requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by January 15, 2018. Must apply on line to:

Tutoring Center

Provide specialized office assistance, coordinating procedural business or service activities for a complex program area involving processing, implementing, advising on, and reporting specialized subject matter. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years progressively responsible office experience, including direct experience in office coordination, prioritizing work assignments and maintaining work flow to meet deadlines. This is a full time, clericaltechnical position. Salary is $42,021.00 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by January 19, 2018. Must apply on line to:


Bro. Harris - P.O. BOX 21765 DETROIT, MI 48221

ANNOUNCEMENTS MICHAEL E. DUGGAN MAYOR, CITY OF DETROIT ADVERTISEMENT REQUEST FOR BIDS REPAIR AND PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE OF THE EASTERN MARKET PARKING GARAGE 2751 RIOPELLE STREET DETROIT, MI 48207 FOR THE DETROIT MUNICIPAL PARKING DEPARTMENT (DBA #04-2018) The Detroit Building Authority (“DBA”) requests established, experienced, licensed contractors (Qualified Bidders) to submit Bids for Repair and Preventative Maintenance of the Eastern Market Parking Garage at 2751 Riopelle Street, Detroit, MI 48207, as more fully described in this Request for Bids. The DBA will receive the responses, as herein set forth, in the offices of the Detroit Building Authority, 1301 Third Street, Suite 328, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Bid Proposals shall be endorsed “Eastern Market Parking Garage” and submitted not later than 2:00 P.M., Detroit time, on Thursday, February 1, 2018, and will subsequently be evaluated to select a contractor for the contract. A processing fee of twentyfive dollars ($25.00), cashier’s check or money order, payable to the Detroit Building Authority must accompany the submission of Bid Proposals. A MANDATORY pre-submittal meeting and site tour will take place at the Eastern Market Parking Garage, 2751 Riopelle Street, Detroit, MI 48207, beginning at 11:00 A.M., Detroit time, on Thursday, January 11, 2018. Respondents may only submit one response to this Request for Bids. Participation in more than one submittal team will result in rejection of all responses by that Respondent. Respondents submitting Bid Proposals may be required to make an oral presentation(s) to designated City representatives. The issuing office, if required, will schedule such oral presentation(s). The Respondent must pay any travel costs incurred for such presentations. Respondents agree to comply with the requirements of the City of Detroit’s Ordinances and Human Rights Department. Copies of this Request for Bids may be obtained in person from Hernandez Blueprinting Services, 1798 Wabash Road, Detroit, MI, 48216, phone (313) 962-2900. No response to this Request for Bids may be withdrawn for at least 120 days after the actual opening of the bids. The DBA reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any bids and to reject any or all bids, should it be deemed in its best interest. If additional information is needed regarding this RFB, please contact the DBA at (313) 224-0174. Detroit Building Authority 1301 Third Street, Suite 328 Detroit, MI 48226


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University Technology Services – Network Support



Implement packaged software solutions and complete data integration among applications in conjunction with the University central IT department and selected vendors. Provide technical and business process solutions to meet the changing and expanding needs of the department. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, or Management Information Systems or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. One year experience administering (installation, support, troubleshooting) application software solutions such as project management software, work control software, application database integration, asset management, document digitization, and document archival and retrieval strategies. One year of experience in each area: work control, accounting, and project management. This is a full time position with salary commensurate with education and experience. See online postings for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by January 15, 2018. Must apply on line to:

Work with a group of highly motivated individuals to plan, design, install, and operate an always-on network for the faculty, staff, and students of Oakland University. The network team is responsible for all of Oakland University’s cable plant, network hardware, and telephony infrastructure, including switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, wireless infrastructure, phone systems, voicemail, and call distribution systems. We work with equipment primarily from Cisco in addition to vendors such as Aruba, Juniper, Palo Alto, among others. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Network Communications, Networking, Telecommunications, or closely related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Five or more years of network engineering experience in wired, wireless, or voice enterprise network environments. Salary commensurate with education and experience. See online positing for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by January 17, 2018. Must apply on line to:

Admissions Department

This position will use professional experience and judgment to interpret academic policies, procedures, and programs as they pertain to the management of the Student Information System (SIS) by researching, testing, and documenting functionality of various modules of the SIS. This position is responsible for ensuring that mandated reporting for both state and federal government is up to date and on time, including the monitoring, interpreting, and applying changes of said reporting based on changes in regulation and our SIS software. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in business, computer information systems, computer science, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Three years of full-time experience working in higher education. Three years of experience working directly with a Student Information System or any large Enterprise Resource System (ERP). Salary is commensurate with experience. First consideration will be given to those who apply by January 15, 2018. Must apply on line to: WWW.MICHIGANCHRONICLE.COM


Global Engrg  Finance     (GEF)  System  Administrator    

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Administer   Global  Engrg  Finance  systems  using  Hyperion   system,  incldg  apps  such  as  Budget   &Forecast01  for  GMNA,  GMSA  &  GMTorino;;   Budget  &Forecast  04  for  GMIO  (Asia,  Middle   East  &Oceania);;  &Global  Managerial   Reporting  (GMR)  system  to  ensure  the   integrity  of  to  analyze  &evaluate  actual   &forecast  data  for  all  GM  Regions  (NA/global)   for  Vehicle  Engrg,  Mfg  Engrg,  Global   Propulsion  Systems/Powertrain,  Design,   Global  Product  Programs,  Supplier  Quality,   CCA  &Quality  Engrg  functions.  Dvlp   standardized  processes  used  for  Hyperion   Applications.  Prepare  &analyze  various  data   elements  &events  –  data  analytics.  Act  as  an   intermediary  between  IT  &Finance.   Consolidate  &reconcile  financial  information   from  various  staffs  &business  units.  Solve   complex  problems,  dvlpg  methods  of  anlys  to   streamline  systems  issues  &data  migration   from  one  application  to  another.  Validate  &set   system  sub-­variables  for  BF01,  BF04,  GMR   &Product  Lifecycle  Cost  system  apps.  Load   system  with  FX  rates  for  actuals,  forecast   &budget  &validate  data.  Launch  priming  rules   to  archive  the  current  data.  Upload  actuals,   forecast  &headcount  data  through  FDMEE   tool.  Load  SAP-­GL  (General  Ledger)  &SAP-­ PS  (Project  System)  into  BF01.  Consolidate   &reconcile  financial  information  between  SAP   system  &Global  Engrg  Finance  (GEF)  system   for  Global  Product  Development  functions   (Vehicle  Engrg,  Mfg  Engrg,  Global  Propulsion   Systems/Powertrain,  Design,  Research   &Development,  Global  Product  Management,   Aftersales,  Global  Supplier  Quality  Engrg,   Global  Quality  Engrg).  Bachelor,  Accntng,   Finance,  Economics,  Economic  Sciences,  or   Bus.  Admin.  Twelve  months’  experience  as   Senior  Analyst,  Economist,  Financial  Analyst,   or  related,  using  or  administering  a  GEF   system  using  Hyperion  system,  including   applications  such  as  Budget  &Forecast  &GMR   system  to  analyze  &evaluate  or  ensure  the   integrity  of  actual  &forecast  data  of  Vehicle   Engrg,  Mfg  Engrg,  Global  Propulsions   Systems  or  Powertrain,  &Quality  Engrg   functions.  Mail  resume  to  Ref#1808-­106,  GM   Global  Mobility,  300  Renaissance  Center,   MC:482-­C32-­C66,  Detroit,  MI  48265.      

Senior Creative  Designer    

Warren, MI, General Motors. Perform &execute FEA of passenger car, truck &sport utility vehicle full vehicle to meet frequency, thermal, fatigue &internal standard work targets for global performance reqmts of exterior systems incldg fascias, spoilers, bumper systems, &side moldings, using Abaqus, LS-DYNA, Primer, HyperWorks (HyperGraph/HyperView/HyperMesh), Optistruct, &Ncode for FE simulations. Attend physical tests &tear downs &correlate CAE or finite element simulation results to physical test. Present CAE results to cross functional teams. Use &apply optimization techniques, Design of Experiments &DFSS to dvlp cost effective &mass optimized vehicle exterior trim &accessories to improve tooling cost &fuel efficiency. Engineer, drive design, dvlp, release &continuously improve product &processes, using Teamcenter &CAE software, to meet mfg needs. Design, fine tune &improve exterior front splitter, fascia inserts &rear spoiler, to guarantee the performance for aero load pressure. Use CAE tools to guide vehicle design, while balancing all applicable global reqmts for Towing lug European Union (EG77/389/EEC) &Korea (Article 20 Towing Device of KMVSS). Bachelor, Mechanical or Automotive Engineering. 12 mos exp as CAE Engineer, performing &executing FEA of passenger vehicle full vehicle to meet frequency, thermal, &fatigue targets for global performance reqmts of body in white systems, using Abaqus, LS-DYNA, Primer, HyperWorks, Optistruct, &Ncode for FE simulations. Mail resume to Ref#17380, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.  




Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Deliver   production  qlty  vehicle  interior  &exterior  Class   A  surfaces  according  to  GM  Global  Design   &Global  Vehicle  Development  Plan  specs  for   major  current  &next  generation  international   high  volume  production  &/or  concept  show  car   programs  using  Alias  AutoStudio,  UGNX   &VisMockup.  Interpret  design  sketches,   drawings,  &clay  models  to  dvlp,  design,  &build   shaded  photorealistic  digital   sculptures/models  &Class  A  surfaces  of   exterior,  interior  systems,  trim,  &garnish   components  incldg  exterior  design  in   pedestrian  protection,  such  as  headlamps,  tail   lamps,  hoods,  front  grilles  &front/rear  fascia   (incldg  head/upper  leg/lower  leg  impact   standards,  &compliance  with  UN  R127   regulation)  &dvlpmt  of  interior  designs  in   occupant  protection  such  as  IPs,  steering   wheels,  seats,  &door  trim,  A/B/C/D  pillar  trim,   headliners,  overhead  consoles,   header/quarter  panel/door  trim    in  strict   compliance  with  US  FMVSS  201,  ECE/EEC   R21,  &global  NCAP  standards.  60  mos  exp  as   Digital  Sculptor,  Digital  Modeler,  Creative   Digital  Sculptor,  or  related,  interpreting  design   sketches,  drawings,  &clay  models  to  design   &build  shaded  photorealistic  digital   sculptures/models  &Class  A  surfaces  of   passenger  vehicle  exterior  &interior  systems,   such  as  lamps,  hoods,  front  grilles,  fascia   (incldg  head/upper  leg/lower  leg  impact   standards  &compliance  with  UN  R127   regulation)  &dvlpg  interior  designs  such  as  IP,   steering  wheels,  seats,  door  &A/B/C/D  pillar   trim,  overhead  consoles,  header/quarter  panel   trim    in  compliance  with  US  FMVSS  201   &ECE/EEC  R21  standards.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#314,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,   Detroit,  MI  48265.

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Formulate,   create  &design  of  future  passenger  vehicle   interiors  incldg  steering  wheel,  instrument   panel  (IP),    IP  carrier,  instrument  cluster,   console,  HVAC  controls,  bezels  &knobs;;  door   trim,  door  pull  cups/bars,  floor  consoles,   garnish  trim  incldg  package  shelf  panels,   quarter  trim  panels,  striker  panels  &headliners   trims;;  trunk  compartment;;  seating  systems   incldg  seat  shape,  foams,  trim  cover,  side   shield,  airbags,  &ergonomic  positions  &knee   room,  trim,  cut  &sew,  &decoration,  using  Alias   Studio  Tools,  Adobe  Photoshop,  Illustrator,   Autodesk  Alias  SketchBook,  &VRED  3D   Visualization,  &digital  drawing  hardware   WACOM  Cintiq  22HD  Creative  Pen  Display.   Study  ergonomics  of  HMI  &displays.  Illustrate   design  proposals  using  Adobe  Photoshop   &Illustrator,  &3D  modelling  with  Alias  Studio   Tools.  Meet  with  engrg  team  &suppliers  to   resolve  feasibility  issues.  Apply  an   understanding  of  &integrate  current/new   injection  molding  technologies  in  dvlpmt  of   production  plastic  parts.  Refine  sketches  in   super-­realistic  renderings  before  being   presented  in  CLINIC  sessions  where  potential   customers  judge  presented  themes.  Analyze   CLINIC  results.  Use  Alias  Studio  tools  to   generate  3D  models  in  Class  A  surfaces.   Translate  2D  sketches  into  3D  by  giving   directions  to  3D  modelers  to  create  models  of   sketches.  Bachelor,  Transportation  Design  or   Industrial  Design.  24  mos  exp  as  Automotive   Designer,  Creative  Designer,  Design   Manager,  or  related,  creating  &designing   future  passenger  vehicle  interiors  incldg   steering  wheel,  IP,  IP  carrier,  instrument   cluster,  console,  HVAC  controls;;  door  trim,   door  pull  cups/bars,  floor  consoles,  garnish   trim;;  trunk  compartment;;  seating  systems   incldg  side  shield,  airbags,  &ergonomic   positions  &knee  room,  trim,  cut  &sew,   &decoration,  using  Photoshop,  Illustrator,   Alias  SketchBook,  &VRED.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#608,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,   Detroit,  MI  48265.  

CAE Engineer – Exterior Systems


Production Digital  Sculptor  


Classified PROFESSIONAL HELP WANTED Production Digital Sculptor Warren, MI, General Motors. Develop &deliver production quality Class A 3D surfaces for interiors &exteriors of high volume production passenger vehicles for U.S., global &emerging markets including South America, &China. Use Autodesk Alias, UGNX, VisMockup, Autodesk Maya &Autodesk VRED, &navigate assemblies on Vehicle Assembly Structure (VAS). Produce final production surfaces meeting regulations of FMVSS, Brazil CONTRAN, China Guobiao, UNECE, &standards such as NCAP &IIHS. Execute final Class A surfaces meeting “pedestrian, driver &passenger protection by vehicle design” such as Head Impact Regulations (Steering wheel ECE-R-12, Interior fittings ECER21, Interior Head Impact FMVSS 201, 201P, 201U, 202A) &Pedestrian Safety regs (ECER127). Follow design intent, current design themes &internal surface quality standards &correct surface construction requirements, such as controlled degree &spans number, position, tangency, curvature, g3 curvature, minimum radius, export compliant head-impact contactable radius, minimum draft angle, gaps, flanges, different flushness conditions, highlight, Gaussian analysis, parting lines, minimum &maximum thickness, load path order &formability to deliver math models used for final tooling. Participate in technical meetings such Studio Design Integration Team, Digital Surface Review &Weekly Surface Review, presenting, tracking &discussing issues. Bachelor, Transportation Design or Product Design. Twelve months’ experience as Digital Sculptor, Digital Modeler, or Creative Digital Sculptor, developing &delivering concept &production quality Class A surfaces for interiors &exteriors of production passenger vehicles intended for U.S./global markets including South America &China. Mail resume to Ref#12751, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.


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Paint Process Engineer Level 2

SENIOR MANAGER, SALES & SERVICE in Southfield, MI Dürr Systems Inc. has an available position of Senior Manager, Sales & Service in Southfield, MI. Although the Senior Manager, Sales & Service will work in Southfield, MI, the Senior Manager, Sales & Service will be required to travel 30% of working time to customer facilities in North America as well as to corporate office in Birmingham, AL; affiliates in Asia, Europe, and South America; and to parent company in Germany. Position requires 48 months experience as a Technical Sales Manager. Position also requires: Exp. must include: 1) 48 mos. of exp. developing technical solutions for modifications to painting & general assembly systems; 2) 48 mos. exp. supervising technical service personnel; & 3) 24 mos. exp. successfully negotiating sales contracts in excess of 1 million dollars for the automotive sector. Exp. reqs. may be met concurrently during the same time period. Job duties: Manage the growth & development of multi-million dollar technical Sales within the Service & Solutions department. Develop & implement strategic sales plans with financial responsibility for meeting defined sales budgets & performance targets. Directly manage & develop the Technical Service department. Manage the coordination of service- & modification- related activities within Dürr Systems. We are an equal opportunity employer & all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition or disability, height, weight, or any other protected status. We maintain a drugfree work place & perform pre-employment drug & alcohol testing. Qualified applicants should send resume & verification of reqs. to Kristy Summers, Human Resources Assistant, Dürr Systems, Inc., 26801 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48033.

in Southfield, MI Dürr Systems, Inc. has an available position of Paint Process Engineer Level 2 in Southfield, MI. Although the position of Paint Process Engineer Level 2 is based in Southfield, MI, the Paint Process Engineer Level 2 will be required to travel 40% of working time to customer sites in the United States as well as to parent company in Germany. Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering & 36 months experience as a Process Engineer. Position also requires: Exp. must include: 1) 36 mos. exp. commissioning robot paint systems for automotive manufacturer(s); & 2) 36 mos. exp. using paint robotic offline programming software. Exp. reqs. may be met concurrently during the same 36-mo. period. Job duties: Engineer & commission Dürr paint & sealing process equipment & Dürr robots. Interface with & train Korean automotive manufacturer customers in the U.S. on Dürr Application equipment. Use Dürr robotic offline software to optimize paint & quality. Mentor Dürr employees working at U.S. automotive manufacturing facilities. Engineer new automation solutions for customers. We are an equal opportunity employer & all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex (gender), religion, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a medical condition or disability, height, weight, or any other protected status. We maintain a drug-free work place & perform pre-employment drug & alcohol testing. Qualified applicants should send resume & verification of reqs. to Kristy Summers, Human Resources Assistant, Dürr Systems, Inc., 26801 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI 48033. WWW.MICHIGANCHRONICLE.COM

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The Scarab Club accepting submissions of Snowden Exhibition



JUROR Sarah Rose Sharp is a creative generalist and writer of arts criticism and philosophy. Her writing is a mechanism for inclusivity and understanding between art makers and consumers, Detroiters and non-Detroiters. Her work leverages positive regard, accessibility, promotion of viewer agency, clarity of language, and sincerity of tone as tools for enabling an appreciation for art in viewers of all kinds. An active participant in the Detroit art scene, Sharp is a regular contributor to Knight Arts, Essay’d, ZIPR, Infinite Mile and Hyperallergic. IMPORTANT DATES

The Scarab Club invites submissions for its Snowden Exhibition (formerly called the Silver Medal Exhibition), an annual un-themed, all-media exhibition, open to all artists. As an artist teacher, mentor and friend, few people had as great an impact on our community as Gilda Snowden. After her death in 2014, the SC began giving out the top prize for the Silver Medal exhibition in her honor. Beginning in 2018 the exhibition will be named for her. The purpose of the Snowden Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and achievement of artists whose work shows creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for students. ENTRY FEE The Snowden Exhibition has a deadline of January 14th. Students and SC members have a reduced entry fee of $20, and $25 for all other artists.

Exhibition: February 21 - March 31, 2018 Deadline for entries: Sunday, January 14, Midnight Results: Saturday, January 20 Intake: Sunday, February 18, noon-5 pm Reception: Friday, February 23, 5-8 pm Gallery Talk: Thursday, March 8, 6 pm Pick-up: Sunday, April 1, 2018, noon-5 pm


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