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Vol. 81 – No. 35 | May 9-15, 2018

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Mayor introduces program to help Detroiters eliminate driver’s responsibility fees months ahead of schedule Mayor Mike Duggan was joined at a press conference by employers, training partners and members of the faithbased community to announce a free Driver Responsibility Fee forgiveness program for tens of thousands of Detroit residents. The new program gives Detroiters who owe Driver Responsibility Fees the opportunity to get their driver’s license restored months ahead of schedule by participating in workforce development activities. Earlier this year, Mayor Duggan and a bi-partisan statewide coalition convinced the state legisla-ture to forgive the onerous responsibility fees that prevented as many as 350,000 Michigan res-idents from having their licenses restored. In Detroit alone, 76,000 residents owe an average of $1,600 in responsibility fees. Rather than force its residents to wait for the fee forgiveness to kick in October 1st, the City of Detroit created a program that allows them to complete 10 hours of workforce development training now and get their licenses back months sooner. The program was developed in part-nership with the Michigan Department of Treasury, Secretary of State, and the Michigan Works Association. The program helps participants strengthen their job readiness skills and introduces them to the breadth of services offered by the City’s Detroit at Work initiative. “Along with the need for training, Driver Responsibility Fees have been one of the biggest barri-ers to connecting Detroiters to jobs and opportunity,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “It’s not just an issue for logistics opportunities like truck driving. We are seeing significant growth in skilled trades opportunities, but these jobs often require a license because workers may need to be at a worksite on the east side in the morning and the west side in the afternoon.” Mayor Duggan’s Director of Workforce Development, Jeff Donofrio, said that the legislation will mean more Detroiters are job-ready and can help fill many of the in-demand jobs available in the city. "We would like to thank Legislators for passing the (Drivers Responsibility Fee Elimination) Bi-Partisan Legislation, particularly Senate Bill 614 (S-1), authored by Senator Ken Horn, which allows for the Workforce Development Training program to help drivers get there license back sooner" said Donofrio, who testified before the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee in Lansing last year in favor of eliminating the fees. “Many Detroit residents have had offers of


…And Justice for All

Wayne County receives $17 million to address deficiencies in legal services for the indigent By Patreice A. Massey MANAGING EDITOR


or 16 years, Wayne County’s Public Defender Office has been sort of flat funded. An example of a flat funding would be paying the electric company a set amount every month regardless of the actual cost of the electricity used. Sometimes it may work out but eventually you may still end up in shut off status. So, what that means here is that Wayne County paid the same dollar amount each year to the Public Defender’s Office despite increases in workload and the cost of doing business thus leaving very little money left to defend cases. A new reIf you have been port has been convicted of a released by the Sixth Amendcrime because ment Center of ineffective (6AC) and has assistance of identified sevcounsel, one legal eral deficienoption is to file a cies in legal motion for Ginther services for Hearing. The term Wayne County’s indigent. The for this motion is 6AC is a nonderived from the partisan, nondecision People v faith, technical Ginther, 390 Mich assistance cen436 (1973). ter that aims to help policy makers meet their constitutional obligations as stated under the sixth amendment—which is the right to an attorney. “When you have a set amount of money and your costs are going up and the amount of cases are increases you have to cut costs somewhere,” stated 6AC Executive Director David Carroll. They began cutting support staff which are your paralegals, investigators… they’re down to 16 attorneys who have to cover an incredible amount of court cases.”

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Chamar Avery And it gets even more daunting. National standards state that an attorney should handle no more than 150 felony cases within a single year which even experts say is a lot. However, in Wayne County the attorneys were handling 217 felony cases a year—145 percent above the national standard. This means that many public defenders share workloads which can lead to a defendant feeling like they’re on an assembly line as they’re having to retell their stories to each new attorney that steps in. In the report, 6AC made the argument that the county was not upholding their constitutional obligation by providing what has been described as little more than a warm body standing next to a client. It has been said that the public defense attorneys in Wayne County are prevented from providing effective representation because they lack sufficient time, resources, and support staff to properly prepare cases. In response to these revelations, and reform efforts organized by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC), Wayne County has secured two grants awarding state funds to bolster indigent legal services. One MIDC grant for $17,275,171 mil-

lion will go toward addressing the main findings of the Sixth Amendment Center. A second MIDC grant of $901,371 will fund a team of experts to specifically determine how to best elevate Wayne County’s indigent defense delivery system in the future. MIDC approves grants to improve representation in every community in the State and while Wayne County represents over 30 percent of all felony cases, $18 million in State grants will be less than 22 percent of the amounts granted statewide. “The addition of state funding will make it possible to address the serious problems identified in the 6AC report, and the standards adopted by the MIDC,” said Dawn Van Hoek, a consultant for Wayne County and former director of Michigan’s appellate defense system. “It is essential that indigent defense become a higher priority, not only to ensure justice for citizens, but to avoid costly mistakes.” Costly mistakes such as wrongful convictions. While there is no existing data that shows the correlation of wrongful convictions for people using public defenders it’s easy to see how the financial shortfall can increase the likelihood for a wrongful conviction. “We know that giving attorneys the tools they need to effectively represent clients will mitigate the circumstances that lead to wrongful convictions,” says state MIDC Director Loren Khogali. Requiring training, early appointment of counsel and earlier meetings with between clients and counsel, combined with the increased use of experts and investigators will only help the indigent defense system as a whole. “I think it’s great that they are receiving more funding but the bottom line is that people need to do their jobs. There are people’s lives at stake,” said Chamar Avery, 36 of Detroit. Avery is well versed in the ways of the PDO as it was a public defender who represented

NAACP national convention coming to Detroit in 2019 By Branden Hunter

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Reverend Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, said he had a “treat” for the thousands of attendees at the 63rd annual NAACP Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner at Cobo Center. The NAACP announced that it will hold its 110th annual national convention at the Cobo Center in Detroit next year. “It is my privilege to announce to you that the 110th annual convention of the NAACP will be held in Detroit, Michigan in July of 2019 in this very hall,” said Leon Russell, chairman of the NAACP’s national Board of Directors. “We want you to be engaged, we want you to be involved, and we want you to support this host branch during its obvious rebirth and regeneration. We look forward to it.” The convention will bring delegates from across the country to downtown Detroit, where the group will determine the future policy and program of the NAACP’s advocacy and civil rights efforts. The NAACP previously held its national conven-

Keynote speaker Sen. Cory Booker tion in Detroit in 1921 and 1943. “We are proud and excited to host the convention here next year,” said Anthony, who has been president since 1993. “Detroit is the largest NAACP Branch in the country and an important city in the fight for freedom and equal rights for African-Americans. The city has seen some progress but still has

a long way to go. We want to use this event to continue to shed light on the problems of everyday Detroiters.” The theme for the dinner was “We Can’t Rest Now, The Stakes Are Too High!” Anthony, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, who was the keynote speaker, and a host of other dignitaries

echoed the issues of voting, basic rights, education, jobs, and racial relations around metro Detroit and across the country. Booker is from Newark, a city similar to Detroit in regard to African-American demographic, crime, and poverty. Booker’s family is from Detroit and his mother was born at Harper Hospital. He understands the struggles of a predominately African-American city and the direction it needs to head in. “We see every day the unfinished business of America,” Booker said. “I feel a sense of urgency as I stand here right now. But I want you to know being here in Detroit rekindles my sense of hope and potential. Detroit is very near and dear to my heart, since my family is from here. You share the same struggles as the people in Newark, New Jersey but Detroit has always been a town of fighters and will one day be free of the barriers that have been holding it back.” The Detroit Chapter of the

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From page A-1 him when he was imprisoned at the age of 17 for a murder that he did not commit. “When I heard the cops were looking for me I willingly went to the station because I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong. I figured I would talk to them answer a few questions and go home,” stated Avery. But it wasn’t that simple. He ended up being charged in the shooting death of a pizza delivery driver. “I couldn’t believe it. But still I wasn’t scared because I knew I didn’t do anything. I had full faith in the justice system and my attorney.” Avery maintained that he was nowhere near the scene because at the time of the murder he was getting his car repaired. “I told my attorney where to go and who to speak with. He came back and told me he had left a card but no one had contacted him back. And that was that,” said Avery. When it came time to go to trial two of Avery’s co-defendants took plea deals while he made the decision to have his day in court. “I thought there was no way I’m going to cop to something I didn’t do.” Avery took his chances in court and after a whirlwind twoday murder trial, was convicted and sentenced to 20-50 years in prison. He went in at 17 and was unceremoniously released at the age of 25. He would still be there had it not been for his persistence and decision to file a motion for a Ginther hearing. “My release was the result of me doing my research and figuring it out for myself,” stated Avery. At the Ginther hearing he was allowed to introduce evidence that was deemed vital to his case but overlooked. In the end, the judge allowed Avery’s new attorney to verify his alibi. The owner of the repair shop took the stand and corroborated Avery’s statement that he

1) How will this money be disbursed? Is it a one-time payout or will the ­money be dispersed over time?

was on the other side of town getting his car serviced and therefore could not have been at the scene of the crime. Avery was unceremoniously released sometime after that hearing without so much as an apology. He attributes his jailing to the ineffective defense provided by his public defender. “I felt like he wasn’t completely working my case. I had an alibi,” recalls Avery. “In the 8 years, I was imprisoned my story never changed, my alibi never changed. Why did I have to lose 8 years of my life? Where is my justice?” The MIDC is hoping that the 6AC report and the increased funding will prevent story’s like Chamar Avery’s from occurring. Planned Improvements include more staff and better facilities. The report recommends adding 75 additional personnel to adequately staff a public defender office handling 25 percent of the county’s felony caseload, including attorneys, investigators, and social workers. “From better courtrooms to a safer jail facility to improved meeting spaces for lawyers and clients, the new criminal justice center helps to improve conditions for defendants housed in our jails as well as the law enforcement officers and lawyers who will work at the complex,” said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. Patreice A. Massey, is the Managing Editor for the Michigan Chronicle and can be reached by phone at 313.752.3254 or via email at

Funds will be disbursed in accordance with a grant agreement that sets out a schedule and requirements for disbursement. 2) How are services expected to ­improve. In accordance with the statute, Wayne County submitted a plan that addresses how it will achieve compliance with the four approved standards for indigent defense proposed by MIDC and approved by LARA. Those four standards require that in all indigent defense cases, appointed attorneys have adequate training, that counsel conduct an initial interview with a client as soon as practicable in a confidential setting, that counsel have access to necessary investigatory and expert resources and that counsel be appointed at initial appearance and all critical stages of a criminal case. The compliance planning grant provides Wayne County the opportunity needed to examine its current system with the help of local and national experts on indigent defense systems and determine the best path forward to make operational its plan to come into compliance with the approved standards. 3) How much oversight will there be regarding the use of funds? The statute requires that local systems providing indigent defense services remain in compliance with their submitted plans, which must be updated and submitted to the MIDC annually. The MIDC will monitor for compliance with the standards in a variety of ways in all local systems providing indigent defense and will distribute grant funds in accordance with the terms of the grant agreement. We have six Regional Managers responsible for areas throughout the state. These individuals have been working with many of the systems in developing plans, and will work to ensure that systems are in compliance.

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DDP unveils Point of Origin and Salute to Edsel B. Ford on 15th Anniversary of Campus Martius Park The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) revealed a new plaza showcasing Detroit’s Point of Origin and marking the 15th anniversary of the groundbreaking for Campus Martius Park. The event also unveiled a granite wall inscribed with the founding members of the Detroit 300 Conservancy, who were tasked with the creation of Campus Martius Park, and a quote from Edsel B. Ford II to pay tribute to his visionary leadership as chairman of the Conservancy. Pictures from the unveiling may be found here.

Maurice Cox and Edsel B. Ford II “I have always believed that the difference between a mediocre community and a great one is measured entirely by the level of pride each individual has within it,’’ said Edsel B. Ford II, former chairman of the Detroit 300 Conservancy Board. “Campus Martius Park has exceeded all expectations. It stands as a witness to who we are as Detroiters. A place where we can gather and celebrate all that our community offers.” In 1805, Judge Woodward was appointed to oversee the layout of the city of Detroit. Surveyors placed measuring devices on the top of a large stone and plotted out land from that perspective, making it the Point of Origin. Today, the original historic spot is in the center of Campus Martius Park. “By design, Campus Martius Park has become the center of downtown Detroit’s vibrancy,’’ said Eric Larson, CEO of DDP. “The Downtown Detroit Partnership is proud to steward the park’s vision that continues to propel our city forward and incredibly grateful for the visionaries, like Edsel Ford making the park a lasting legacy.” Under the leadership of Edsel B. Ford II, the Conservancy was charged by then Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, with creating a world-renowned gathering space in the heart of the city. During the park’s construction, the original Point of Origin marker was unearthed. Campus Martius Park officially opened to the public in November of 2004. “We’re fortunate to be able show gratitude for the tireless leadership that made this outstanding public space possible and to re-dedicate its significance in the city’s history with a brand-new plaza showcasing it as a jewel we can all be proud of,’’ said Robert F. Gregory, chief public spaces officer of DDP. Campus Martius Park was the first-ever winner of the Urban Land Institute Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award and sparked more than $2 billion in economic impact for the city of Detroit. “Public spaces in all the great cities of the world serve as a catalyst for human interaction and new perspectives about all that we have in common,’’ said Maurice Cox, Director of Planning and Development, City of Detroit. “Every day, we watch Campus Martius Park come alive with its design that is uniquely Detroit.’’ Nearly 2 million people visit Campus Martius Park and the many other Downtown Detroit Parks annually to enjoy the year-round fountain, a quiet lunch, seasonal sculptured gardens, a premier ice skating rink, fitness classes, music concerts, even a sand covered beach in the center of the city. The park is programmed, managed, and maintained by the DDP.

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NAACP also announced a partnership with DTE Energy and Wayne State University called the Lewis H. Latimer scholarship program that would give $300,000 in scholarships to students in the city of Detroit to pay for tuition, housing, and books. “We recognize that education is key,” said Anthony. “We must educate our young people, who are the vanguard of the future. This a tribute to our young people and encouragement for them to stay and build in Detroit.” UAW Vice-President Jimmy Settles, head of the union’s Ford department, was honored with the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award. Settles is a life-long Detroiter and graduate of Northwestern High. Settles began his career as a trade union activist in 1968 and dedicated his life to fighting for Detroit workers and the city’s youth. Settles is retiring from his day-job but he is not retiring from his life-long mission. “I’m retiring from the UAW but I’m not retiring from life,” said Settles. “I will continue to fight for economic justice for all people.”

On again, off again…back on: DMC and Wayne State agree on temporary contract extension after tense negotiations By Branden Hunter The strained relationship between the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University Physician Group took a new turn, when they announced that they have entered into an agreement to extend contracts for clinical and administrative services provided to DMC by the WSUPG for an additional six months. “We believe this agreement provides a sound framework for dialogue and consensus, while also stabilizing the current situation,” said Jack D. Sobel, M.D., chairman of the WSUPG Board of Directors and dean of the WSU School of Medicine (WSUSOM). “We are pleased that a Joint Advisory Committee will be working on issues of mutual significance and will include representation of WSUPG department chairs and DMC leadership. We believe this approach can result in an arrangement in the best interests of all parties, especially our patients.” During the six-month extension, a 14-member Joint Advisory Committee comprised of DMC and WSUPG leaders will work to develop a new model for the delivery of clinical and administrative services to DMC by WSUPG physicians, and for collaboration on the strategic development of hospital and clinic services. Should the Joint Advisory Committee be unsuccessful in reaching agreement on a new model, the extension will allow time for an orderly transition to new providers of those services, which would prevent any disruption in patient care. DMC officials are hopeful that finding a new company to partner with will not happen. “For decades, Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University School of Medicine have worked together to provide top-notch medical care for Detroit residents and state-of-the art training and research opportunities for the School of Medicine,” said Anthony Tedeschi, M.D., chief executive officer of DMC. “Our relationship over the years has impacted thousands of physicians and patients and based upon my discussions with Dean Sobel over the past week, I am hopeful about the possibility that we can continue our partnership in delivering excellent care to patients and growing our respective institutions.” Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson said the first 90 days of the extension would be used to explore a new working model for the two institutions. “If successful, this new framework will be im-

plemented during the succeeding 90-day period,” said Wilson. “If they are unable to reach an agreement on a new path forward, they will use the second 90-day period to transition coverage of selected services.” The extension relates to agreements for clinical services and administrative services provided by WSUPG physicians primarily at DMC Receiving Hospital, DMC Harper University Hospital and DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital. A separate teaching agreement under which WSUSOM medical students train at DMC hospitals is unaffected. Last week, Tenet Healthcare Corp., a Dallas-based company that owns the DMC, informed WSU that they have decided to end negotiations and the decades-long relationship. The DMC and WSU had been in partnership for nearly 100 years, so the news came as a surprise to WSU officials. But even with the back and forth fighting, WSU officials said patients and students being treated at the DMC will not be affected by the ongoing contract talks. “This is not anything that we wanted,” said Wayne State University Physician Group President and CEO and vascular surgeon Charles Shanley. “I don’t even think it had anything to do with the leadership here in Detroit, but I don’t know that. We are committed long-term to the DMC.” “We are still going to provide services even if we don’t have a contract in place. We are not going to put the patients at risk and we don’t want to interrupt the education of our students. It is a distraction, but things have to get worked out and they will. The people should feel comfortable while this process plays out.” The contract extension is music to the ears of patients like Detroit resident and cancer survivor Debbie Hunter, who has been battling Lymphoma cancer since 2005. A WSU neurosurgeon removed a piece of cancerous tumor from her head on April 3 and she is expected to follow-up with him in exactly six months. She has been following the news closely and hopes a long-term contract is worked out sooner than later. “The news makes me feel so much better,” Hunter said. “I don’t want a new doctor. I’m supposed to go back in six months and hopefully I’ll be able to see him and not anyone else. He seems like he knows what’s best for me. Their fighting affects the patients the most and they need to come to an agreement for our sake.”

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employment but could not accept them because their license was suspended due to these fees, so for many jobseekers waiting until October 1 is not an option.” Here’s how works:



Mayor Duggan’s ‘Detroit at Work’ initiative has coordinated with Michigan Works agencies across the state and departments in Lansing to agree on a program that when complete, will allow De-troiters to apply for fee forgiveness immediately. Additionally, the $125 Driver’s License Rein-statement Fee is waived through the end of the year so eligible drivers can get their li-

cense re-stored for free. Detroiters who wish to have their fees waived early can complete the required training online or at a events scheduled across the city. Residents can start the fee forgiveness process today by visiting “Detroit at Work will be hosting events across the city to help Detroiters looking for early fee for-giveness to complete their 10 hours of training,” said Nicole Sherard-Freeman, President and CEO of City of Detroit workforce agency Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. “Today’s Education and Training Fair is just one example of this activity. Other dates and venues are available on the Detroit at Work website already, and we will continue adding more.”

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Close to a year ago, city officials, dignitaries, and even the Cass Tech High School marching band held this grand party at Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit for the launch of the QLine: a streetcar that would cruise up the city’s most famous corridor, Woodward Avenue, with a top speed of 35 mph. It was supposed to be the streetcar that everyone in Detroit desired. Those dreams were derailed when a report came out that QLine ridership did not reach its intended goal. According to the report, M-1 rail officials expected the QLine to average 5,000 Branden Hunter riders between September 5, 2017-September 5, 2018, the first full year of riders having to pay. Riders enjoyed a summer of free fares following its May 2017 debut, thanks to a generous donation by the Kresge Foundation that allowed riders to free up until Labor Day. From its inception in May to October 2017, ridership averaged 4,660 rides daily rides. Once riders had to pay, they stopped riding. Ridership dropped to 3,700 daily riders and when the temperatures plunged during the winter months between November and March, so did the riders, with an average of 2,700 daily. The QLine has had low ridership numbers in its first year because it limits riders to downtown and Midtown Detroit. The 3.3-mile long ride starts in the heart of downtown near Campus Martius and literally stops on Woodward and the Boulevard, just before the North End neighborhood of Detroit begins. I am not saying the QLine does not serve a purpose, its purpose is just not serving Detroiters who use public transportation to get around. It only serves those who either work, live, are exploring, or attending functions in the downtown and Midtown areas. The lack of mass transit in the metro Detroit area has been a main topic of discussion for decades and the QLine does not help to solve any of the problems, such as providing rapid service to the suburbs where a lot of Detroiters work and go to school, or anywhere else

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in the city everyday residents need to reach. If it were to travel up Woodward all the way to Eight Mile Road, it would attract more riders. Unfortunately, its purpose was not to serve the neighborhoods of Detroit. The QLine is privately funded and instead of it being inclusive, it is exclusive. So exclusive, that you have to drive your car or ride a bus just to be able to ride it. To most, it defeats the purpose of using it. The QLine should also be free. It costs $1.50 to ride for unlimited rides within three hours and $3 for a 24hour pass. The Detroit Department of Transportation Woodward 53 bus costs the same and will take you further and faster. For $2.00, you can take a variety of Woodard SMART buses even further than what the DDOT buses will take you. There is a reason why ridership dropped once riders had to pay: the QLine is not useful for majority of Detroit.

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Many of us were going through the honeymoon stage and people were enamored with having a streetcar in Detroit for the first time in over 60 years. Other issues that members of the community have with the QLine: it is too slow, doesn’t have a dedicated middle lane to run on, long wait times due to trains being broken down or being blocked by parked cars, and the excessive fines for those who do not have fare. I had to walk from Grand Circus Park to Woodward and Canfield because the QLine had an estimated wait of 25 minutes and I still beat it to the Hop Cat restaurant on Woodward and Warren. Officials say ridership will get better, but I am not a believer. If the service area of the QLine does not increase, or the fare is not reduced, it will continue to only be somewhat of a tourist attraction to those from the suburbs coming to enjoy downtown and Midtown and not a feasible alternative form of transportation for those who live and work in the area. A statement found on QLinedetroit. com reads, “The QLine is much more than a streetcar and it is much more than a way to get from one place to another. The QLine is a roadmap to what’s possible when people are connected.” But who exactly are they trying to connect?

Racial mortgage disparities persist as federal housing enforcement lags By Charlene Crowell In the classic movie film, Gone with the Wind, the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daughter for remarking that she didn’t care about her home. In a sharp rebuke, Gerald O-Hara declared that “land was the only thing worth living for, worth fighting for… worth dying for.” For the fictional O’Hara family, Tara was their home, and the source of the family’s wealth. Fast forward to the 21st Century, having a home remains a rock-solid route to building wealth that grows and becomes a key opportunity to share that same wealth inter-generationally.

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Unless you are among those who have been denied your own American Dream. New research by the Center for Responsible Lending finds that today’s racial wealth gaps were supported and sustained by the federal government’s Fair Housing Administration (FHA). From the program’s inception during the 1930s, FHA perpetuated racial discrimination by making mortgage credit broadly available to white borrowers and at the same time, excluding Blacks and other people of color. More importantly, FHA has an important role to play in leveling today’s mortgage finance field and its two-tiered system.

Wayne County Commissioner Reggie Reg Davis (6th District) calls for new ways to address mental health challenges “We cannot continue to use strategies that simply don’t work in meeting the needs of those that need treatment for mental health issues. We must have early intervention and counseling available to our youth, their family members, educators and law enforcement to prevent the development of mental illness at its onset with wrap around approaches that embrace a wholistic approach to treatment,” said Davis noting for every dollar spent on prevention communities will Reggie Reg Davis save eight dollars in expenses treating the impact of full blown mental illness.

in 1987 after a car accident. My recovery has been deemed miraculous, but a team led by God’s hand, a good neurologist, psychologist and therapist have helped me recover. In 2001 my brother Vito was gunned down and killed on the streets of Detroit contributing to my already fragile state necessitating more counseling. These experiences have allowed me to have a great amount of empathy for the 60 million Americans that suffer from mental illness and I thank God for putting me in a position to help in the cause for mental health care reform,” said Davis.

Davis said that he is working on funding and a program targeting his 6th District in Northwest Detroit that will serve as a national model for prevention of serious mental illness. 

“We know when something is not quite right with us. We must not be afraid or ashamed to seek help when we need help. We all want to be the best person we can be. Get help. Help a friend get help,” said Davis.

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Davis said he will call on Detroit area media to produce Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that feature area personalities to inform the public that mental health programs are available, and no one should be afraid to seek help.

“These homeownership rate disparities did not occur by chance,” argue Peter Smith and Melissa Stegman, authors of Repairing a two-tiered system: The critical but complex role of FHA. “The homeownership rate gap between whites and people of color is in large part due to historic federal housing policy choices that created decades-long impacts.” CRL, however, credits FHA mortgage lending as an important aid to the nation’s economic recovery following the Great Recession. As much of private mortgage lending retreated during the housing crisis, FHA increased its purchase market share to 42 percent in 2009. Prior to that economic crisis, FHA’s market share was only 8.8 percent of the market. FHA also sustained the mortgage market and provided broad liquidity for wealthier borrowers in addition to low-to-moderate income families. FHA’s refinancing of toxic subprime loans saved many family homes from foreclosure and became a sustainable alternative. Today, with much of the mortgage market recovered, unnecessarily tight and expensive credit in the conventional mortgage market often makes FHA the only option to finance homeownership for low- to moderate-income borrowers, lower-wealth borrowers, and borrowers of color. This single-option also means that borrowers broadly denied the lower-cost, most-affordable private loans available, have a slower rate of home appreciation due to fees and insurance that accompany government-backed loans. CRL’s analysis of mortgage data from 2004 to 2016 found that: • The FHA market share for Black and Latino borrowers now approaches half of all purchase mortgage lending to these borrowers; • FHA is the major source of mortgage credit for higher-income Black and Latino borrows as compared to conventional lending;

• Tight and expensive credit in the conventional market has led to FHA becoming the only mortgage option for many borrowers of color, low-to-moderate income families, and lower-wealth families. • Of the top 10 FHA home purchase lenders in 2004, five were banks and five were non-depositories; by 2016, eight of the top 10 FHA lenders were non-depositories. It is important to note that the withdrawal of banks leaving the FHA insured program, comes at a time of record profits, made possible in large by taxpayer dollars that provided a financial bailout of failing financial institutions, during the housing collapse. These lenders exit the program at a time when it is inadequately funded and lacks up-to-date technology that could enhance its administrative functions. Further, the exit of large banks additionally became a gateway for non-depository institutions to fill the market’s gap. Nonbanks, subject to fair lending protections, are not however included in the Community Reinvestment Act. Many of the financial abuses that led to the housing crisis began with unregulated and nonbank lenders. Many lenders will argue that the retreat from FHA was caused by actions taken by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice under the False Claims Act. This federal law allows the government to hold companies accountable for making “false claims” to the government about their products or services. Beyond being assessed damages for infractions, enforcement of the law can additionally include a company or representative being banned from future federal funds or contracts. State attorneys general would counter this lender claim by pointing to the $25 billion national mortgage settlement reached with five of the nation’s largest mortgage servicers as evidence that lenders engaged in egregious conduct in clear violation of the law. The significance of major banks withdrawing from the mortgage market is further underscored by other findings shared in a related report by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA): • Since 1988, close to $1 billion in victim compensation has resulted from lawsuits alleging redlining and discrimination by mortgage lenders; • Housing discrimination complaints grew from 2016 to 2017’s 28,843 cases; • Of 2017’s discriminatory housing complaints, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) processed less than five percent, or 1,311; and • Among the 6,896 complaints processed by state and local Fair Housing Assistance Program Agencies, the Department of Justice brought only 41 cases. Commenting on these findings, Lisa Rice, NFHA President and CEO said, “As the 2018 Trends Report shows, we must put an end to the many institutionalized barriers that prevent too many families in this country from fair access to housing. We cannot build a thriving society as long as our nation is plagued by discrimination, segregation, and severe economic inequality.” “In the year that marks a half century of the Fair Housing Act,” noted Mike Calhoun, CRL President, “it is appropriate to acknowledge the journey traveled in five decades. But also, a look ahead to the hundreds of miles yet to travel before fair housing is a reality for all.” Charlene Crowell is the Center for Responsible Lending’s Deputy Communications Director. She can be reached at

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City to expand Strategic Neighborhood Fund, raise $130 million for seven additional neighborhoods Following successful and ongoing investment of $42 million in three Detroit neighborhood areas, the city and partners are expanding the Strategic Neighborhood Fund (SNF) to seven more neighborhood areas. In partnership with Invest Detroit, the fund will raise $130 million to build ten vibrant, inclusive areas throughout the city, touching more than 60 individual neighborhoods over the next five years. The Strategic Neighborhood Fund 2.0 (SNF 2.0) will also expand its scope to include streetscapes, park improvements, commercial development and housing stabilization. The Kresge Foundation, whose Detroit efforts focus on the revitalization of neighborhoods across the city, kicked off fundraising efforts led by the City and Invest Detroit, committing $15 million to SNF 2.0. While SNF 2.0 investments will foster more vibrant and growing neighborhoods, the city will also raise $250 million for the Affordable Housing Leveraging Fund to ensure these growing neighborhoods remain inclusive and affordable for both long-time residents and new residents. The city has already committed $50 million to the fund, which will preserve 10,000 existing affordable housing units and create 2,000 more over the next five years. The comprehensive strategy comes from Mayor Mike Duggan’s pledge to build “One Detroit. For All of Us.” With $42 million from SNF 1.0, $130 million from SNF 2.0 and $250 million from the Affordable Housing Leveraging Fund, projected investment in the neighborhoods will reach $422 million over the next five years. That investment is expected to leverage over $600 million in private investments, pushing total neighborhood investment over $1 billion. SNF 2.0 will cover seven additional neighborhood areas in the city, including: Grand River Northwest, Warrendale/CodyRouge, Russell Woods/Nardin

Park, Campau/Banglatown, Gratiot/7-Mile, East Warren/ Cadieux, and Jefferson Chalmers. Learning from the $42 million pilot effort in three Detroit neighborhoods, Islandview/ Greater Villages, Vernor/Southwest, and Livernois-McNichols, SNF 2.0 will continue a path of inclusive growth across the city to create beautiful, walkable, and vibrant neighborhoods for all Detroiters. “In the first three neighborhoods, we went in and worked with the residents to support development and we saw incredible results,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We’ve got new mixed-use apartment buildings with affordable housing, we have more businesses and more parks opening up. We applied the tools that drove the development in downtown and midtown and put them into neighborhoods, and now we’re expanding that to seven more areas across the city.”

SNF 2.0: A comprehensive investment strategy SNF 2.0 will also expand the scope of investments, covering parks, streetscape improvements, commercial corridors and single-family housing. This comprehensive investment strategy will build up neighborhoods by investing in assets that are crucial to growing neighborhoods. The categories of investment will work hand in hand to build upon the existing strengths of neighborhoods, aligning all resources available to drive a significant and holistic neighborhood revitalization in each area. Of the $130 million, SNF 2.0 will raise: • $49 million will be invested in streetscape improvements to create walkable, beautiful streets that are attractive to businesses and pedestrians alike. • $50 million will be invested in commercial corridor im-

provements through gap real estate financing to support commercial, mixed-use and multifamily development along each corridor. • $21 million will be invested in parks, creating catalytic neighborhood parks and improving existing ones by aligning design excellence, community needs and elevating pedestrian experiences. • $7 million will be invested in single-family home stabilization by assessing existing vacant structures and lots and taking a targeted approach at home rehabilitation to increase density in these neighborhoods. • $3 million will be invested in the neighborhood planning efforts to work with the community and coordinate these efforts. Coordinating neighborhood redevelopment with affordable housing

While SNF 2.0 will work to build vibrant and growing neighborhoods across the city, the city’s Affordable Housing Leveraging Fund will invest in preserving 10,000 affordable units and creating 2,000 more. The city will work to ensure residents can find quality, affordable wherever there is growth, making sure neighborhood redevelopment is inclusive and includes space for people of all incomes and backgrounds. “We are not going to grow as a city unless we do everything in our power to keep the residents we have and attract new residents to join the communities that current residents have built,” said Arthur Jemison, director of Housing and Revitalization. “Preserving and creating affordable housing as we invest in these areas is the right thing to do. There’s enough room for everyone in Detroit, no matter their income or background.”

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quality housing and space for new businesses to grow and create quality jobs.”

Larson Realty Group, the City of Detroit and partners joined together to break ground on “The Corner,” a $30 million mixed-use development on the former Tiger Stadium site in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. The development will include 111-units of multifamily apartments including studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans; and approximately 26,000 square-feet of retail, with an emphasis on local small businesses, fronting Michigan Avenue.

The project will revitalize a site that is one of the most iconic intersections in Detroit; once the home to the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions and that hosted many other memorable events for our City. The project will be a four-story building at the intersection of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues and will help extend the commercial corridor heading toward downtown Detroit. “For well over a century, this intersection was a place where people gathered and celebrated, where they came for entertainment and connections, and, all in all, where they came together to enjoy the good things in life,” said Eric Larson, president and CEO of Larson Realty Group.

The Corner team worked proactively with neighborhood groups and the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department on the design. The result will offer a tangible connection to the historic neighborhood while appealing to residents seeking a contemporary, urban lifestyle. Larson Realty Group, the developer, secured financing through Goldman Sachs, Capital Impact Partners, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Invest Detroit, Michigan Strategic Fund, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and City of Detroit. “We, at Goldman Sachs, are proud to continue investing in Detroit, and this project, which revitalizes what once was one of the area’s most vibrant and storied landmarks and serves as a gateway to Corktown, one of its oldest neighborhoods,” said Margaret Anadu, managing director and head of the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. “Driven by the dedication of the public and private sector partners involved, this project strengthens this neighborhood and will provide fundamental building blocks of opportunity for residents, including access to

“Capital Impact and our partners are continuously collaborating to make Detroit’s revitalization accessible to all,” said Nicholas Pohl, senior loan officer for Capital Impact Partners. “The Corner development will create opportunities for current and new residents and business owners alike to grow as part of the vibrant Corktown neighborhood.” A key community tenant for The Corner will be the Build Institute. Build Institute is a Detroitbased nonprofit entity that assists people in turning their ideas into reality. This tenant will promote and support local entrepreneurs to maintain and strengthen the unique character of Corktown. “Innovation and collaboration have long been at Detroit’s core, and The Corner will reflect that history by transforming a historic place into a new one that serves the community in an equitable way,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.

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Michigan Chronicle Michigan Chronicle and ARISE Detroit team up One Year in The Life, a new monthly supplement to the Michigan Chronicle Roots section, is dedicated to coverage of the Detroit experience at a grassroots level. The edition is the result of a partnership between ARISE Detroit!, a nonprofit coalition of more than 400 organizations, and the Michigan Chronicle, the state’s oldest and most respected African American newspaper. The project is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.


Southwest Detroit resident patrols to improve community safety By Santiago Esparza Neighbors Staff Writer

Nicole Fisher slowly drives down West Vernor Highway, carefully peering between buildings for signs of suspicious activity. The 38-year-old southwest Detroit resident is looking for signs of drug dealing, gang activity, human trafficking or lesser crimes like garage break-ins, vandalism and illegal dumping. She is a member of the West Vernor Civilian Patrol, a 25-member group of residents who keep an eye out for signs of criminal activity to help make their neighborhood safe. They report suspicious activity to police. “I think back to when I was a kid when the community did it for itself,” she said of neighbors looking out for each other. “Throughout the years we lost that. I want to step up and bring it back.” To that end, Fisher also is a Detroit Po-


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‘Safety Starts with Me,’ says local volunteer By James W. Ribbron Neighbors Staff Writer

Star Roland volunteers in various ways to improve safety in the Hope Village Community, a 107-block community, located near and supported by Focus: HOPE on the city’s west side. “Be the change you want to see,” said Roland explaining her motto. She serves as the Community Involvement & Safety Coordinator at Focus: HOPE and president of Hope Village Families Community Association. Improving safety is an important component of a community improvement and empowerment plan she and other residents developed called “A State of Hope”. “Our goals are to be educationally well prepared, economically self-sufficient and everyone living in a safe and supportive environment,” said Roland lives in the community with her two children, ages 7 and 2. The group is making the community safer and more fun. One of her initiatives offers a case in point. LaSalle-Ford Park, known by some in the community as the Village Well, was also known to be a place where people hung out drinking and smoking, as well as playing basketball at the park on LaSalle between Ford and LaBelle.   “While in the park one day with my kids, I walked over to the guys playing basketball and said, ‘What do you all think about a basketball tournament?!’ The response was an overwhelming YES! But what do we have to do to make that happen? “The young men said these trees

Meet Neighborhood Police Officer Police Officer Roberto Berry of the 10TH Precinct is a hallmark of community policing and a vanguard of neighborhood engagement. Officer Berry can be reached at the Detroit Police Department’s 10th precinct at 12000 Livernois. For assistance please call 313-618-0793 or email berryr896@ are in the way and these nets are terrible! “May 6, 2018, the trees will be cut and new nets are being put up. This summer LaSalle Park will have its first Basket Ball Tournament. “Working with the young men is more of a tactic to build capacity of

the park and engagement,” she said. “It can be looked at in its entirety as a safety project because we are cleaning the park, removing brush as well as putting up new nets for the basketball rims”. The Hope Village Community raised money for the nets. The city of Detroit cut the trees. Leaders of the Hope Village Community also work to improve community relations with officers from the Detroit Police 10th Precinct. Two projects stand out: “Cop on the Block” and “Coffee with a Cop”, both part of citywide efforts to improve community policing. The second Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. about a dozen residents meet at the 10th Precinct for “Coffee with a Cop.”  The coffee is provided by a neighborhood business, Eleos Coffee House, located at 12041 Dexter Ave. Through the “Cop on the Block Program” neighborhood police officers, NSO, come to the neighborhood periodically just for conversation. Patricia Carter, the Community Liaison for the Oakman Boulevard Association, has attended several meetings. “The meetings are relaxing and informative and the officers address concerns of residents,” she said. The Village association has also held safety training sessions on topics including bullying, self-defense and domestic violence. “I do this work because our people are powerful and they just need people who are like me to be the voice to implement change,” Roland said.


Green Acres Patrol offers watchful eye with community connections Tips for Improving Neighborhood Safety and Security Know your neighbors: Get to know your neighbors. Getting to know one another makes it more evident when suspicious characters are hanging around. Neighbors also look out for each other. Boost block clubs: Join or establish a block club or community association to share concerns. Be smart on social media: Keep vacation plans and information off social media until you’re back home.

By Lauren A. Hood Neighbors Staff Writer

In 1986, 130 of 1000 homes in Detroit’s Green Acres neighborhood were burglarized, prompting residents to take action. A group of neighbors led by its first president, Sandi Kirksey, started the first citizen patrol of the area. Thanks to the volunteers’ efforts, burglaries were down to only 39 in one year, a 70 percent reduction. Thirty years later that number is down to only one or two a month. The patrol continues to make a difference

in improving the quality of life and the safety and security of the northwest Detroit subdivision. The neighbors patrol their community of architecturally-diverse homes bounded by Eight Mile to the north, Pembroke to the south, Livernois to the west and Woodward on the east. Like all citizen patrols, they work with their local precinct — in this case the 12th Precinct. They serve as extra set of keen eyes, reporting suspicious activity and concerns to police. Karen Brown, longtime resident


Lock up: Secure your home as much as possible. Install and use an alarm system, motion-detector lighting and timer system.

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Lock doors: Even if you’re home and even if you are in the back yard. Don’t leave your side door open and easily accessible, just because you’re right out back. Have delivery plan: If you’re expecting a delivery, ask a neighbor to be on the lookout if you won’t be home, or have packages delivered to work or a neighborhood business that

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Police Officer Michael Crowder of the 12TH Precinct is a hallmark of community policing and a vanguard of neighborhood engagement. Officer Crowder can be reached at the Detroit Police Department’s 12th precinct at 1441 W. Seven Mile Rd. For assistance please call 313-573-7654 or email

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Higher Hopes! expands food distribution from April through October for kids/families in Detroit

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Good news from Higher Hopes! The charity has expanded its food donation program from four to seven months – April through October – and this year will distribute 8,000 35-pound meal kits to families in dire need in Detroit with kids enrolled in the Early Head Start, Head Start, and Great Start Readiness programs. This doubles the amount of food donated from 140,000 pounds to 280,000 pounds. Each nutritional meal kit includes 10 pounds of chicken or beef, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, juice, and canned goods – enough to make 15 to 20 meals. For a complete listing of distribution sites, people can visit Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Program Location Directors determine which families within each individual program are most in need of the assistance and they provide the 100 family list for each of their designated food Mobile Pantry Distribution locations. The families must make arrangements to pick-up their kits within the designated pick-up time and on the date they are provided at their child’s Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Program Location. “The outpouring of support and donations for this program continues to flourish, which is incredible,” says Bill Birndorf, Founder of Higher Hopes!. “The kits we donate provide between 15 to 20 complete meals for families, which helps lessen the financial burden they have. This frees up much needed money to pay other bills, and buy clothes and other needed items. The program is also great for Detroit families because it helps provide on-going assistance during a period of the

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and patroller since 2005, said most of the crimes they encounter involve motor vehicle larceny or property theft. Patrollers work to educate neighbors on how to secure their belongings. Sometimes residents need to be reminded of basic tips like not leaving valuables in their cars, counsels Brown. The group goes door to door several times a year to recruit volunteers. Keeping volunteers organized and engaged has been a big issue for local

year that doesn’t get much attention on providing food to underserved families.” “So far this year we’ve already raised in excess of $110,000 to purchase the food from Gleaners Community Food Back of Southeast Michigan. Gleaners’ mobile pantry program delivers 3,500 pounds of food to each of the 10 locations each month. This wouldn’t be possible without our tremendous donor base, Gleaners, and all of our caring volunteers that work toward this effort.” Higher Hopes! is a registered 501 C3 founded by Birndorf in 2014. Corporate and individual contributions are always welcome and can be made at or at the Facebook page at For more information about Higher Hopes! and interviews with Bill Birndorf, please call 248/3609300, email volunteer@higherhopesdetroit. org, or visit

patrol groups, she said. The Greenacres Woodward Civic Association rewards longtime patrollers with branded windbreakers and t-shirts and celebrates them at an annual association meeting, holiday party and picnic. In addition to helping to reduce crime, the neighborhood patrol builds community spirit. Brown said she has been able to meet many more of her neighbors since volunteering over the past 13 years. The current patrol group president is Jim Ward. “His positive attitude and leadership style really make a difference,” Brown said. His

wife, Sheila, is also active with the patrol. The 12th Precinct holds monthly community meetings at its headquarters, 1441 W. Seven Mile Rd., usually at 7 p.m. every first Thursday of the month. The precinct commander typically attends, along with NPOs, (neighborhood police officers), to answer questions and update residents on neighborhood issues. The NPO, Neighborhood Police Officer for the area actively engages with the patrol group as well. Four NPOs work out of the 12th Precinct. The one who works with the

lice 4th Precinct community representative in the AmeriCorps Urban Safety program at Wayne State University. It is part of a nationwide effort by AmeriCorps aimed at using police crime data to organize residents to make their neighborhoods safer. Overall, violent and property crimes declined in Detroit in 2017, according to Detroit police. Those crimes include burglary, theft and auto theft. They are the crimes CB patrols typically would come across “It is getting better,” Fisher said after fueling up while on a recent patrol. “The efforts throughout the community are helping.” Fisher said public safety is key to helping residents feel better about their community. That’s what led her to start patrolling five years ago. Patrolling makes her feel connected to the community. “You get to meet people and talk to them,” she said. “We in-

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From page B-1 will accept your package deliveries. Maintain home appearances: Be discreet. Do not let mail or newspapers pile up at your door. If you’re going to be away, temporarily stop deliveries. If you’ve made valuable purchases like a new computer or Green Acres community is Michael Crowder. “He attends community events and is responsive when residents approach him on issues” Brown said. For more info on the patrol and association, visit their website: Police support for neighborhoods: The Detroit Police Department reimburses neighborhood patrols for mileage and helps with equipment like car signs, and radios. The DPD contact is Myra Gracey, who can be reached at, to assist residents interested in starting their own radio patrols.

troduce ourselves and try to build awareness.” Patrollers work in teams of at least two people. Fisher goes out two to three times a week. Jesse Gonzalez Sr., who has volunteered in the area for more than 50 years, is happy to see people like Fisher and others volunteer. “We need more people to step up,” Martinez, 67, said. “It means a lot to see younger people like Nicole (Fisher) get involved. Anybody can do it. But not everybody does.” There are more than 20 such patrols in the city supervised by the Detroit Police Department. In order for a neighborhood patrol to be officially sanctioned, it requires at least a dozen members who undergo training. The participants are given equipment and shirts denoting their patrol. All patrollers are forbidden from actively getting involved in stopping a crime. “We have to call it in,” Fisher said. “We are not police officers.” For more information on the neighborhood patrol, phone (313) 854-7534.

big-screen TV, do not put the packaging in front of your home. Take it away to a recycling bin or deconstruct the box and toss the trash. Don’t advertise your new purchases by placing boxes on the front lawn. Support safety programs: Join or financially support community patrols and neighborhood watch groups. Know who to call: Know the police or fire department phone numbers in your community to call for non-life threatening emergencies. Conceal valuables: Make sure valuables in your vehicles and in your home are not visible to passers-by; that includes your garage-door opener.. Conceal home valuables when walking or running through the neighborhood. Watch the children: Make sure you know where your children are and who they are with at all times. Implement a buddy system when they are walking to and from school and/or playing outdoors. Source: Research and conversations with Detroit Police Department personnel

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Detroit based PR Firm Van Dyke Horn opens new Lansing office Detroit-based Van Dyke Horn, Michigan’s largest minority-owned public relations firm, has opened a new office in Lansing. This announcement comes after two years of significant growth for the 20-year-old firm, formerly known as Berg Muirhead and Associates.  Van Dyke Horn has doubled its revenue and staff since 2016, now with a 14-member team across the two offices.  “Since our founding, our firm has been dedicated to being present wherever our clients need us,” said Peter Van Dyke, Van Dyke Horn CEO. “There has been a consistent demand for Van Dyke Horn to service clients in Lansing. With our strong history of Maureen McNulty a w a r d - w i n Saxton ning services in public affairs, complemented by our diverse array of communications services, we are thrilled to meet this demand and expand within the Lansing market.” Van Dyke•Horn has hired Lansing communications veteran Maureen McNulty Saxton to lead its Lansing office.  For the last 10 years, Saxton has owned the communications consulting firm PR Edge, with clients ranging from those in the energy sector to early childhood education.  Her past experience includes heading the communications/ press offices of the State of Michigan’s Departments of: Treasury; Management & Budget; History, Arts & Libraries and a statewide gubernatorial campaign. Prior to her work in Lansing, she was a reporter at the Erie Daily Times in Erie, PA, the Grosse Pointe News, and at the Detroit Free Press. “Maureen comes to Van Dyke Horn with a strong portfolio of clients, further establishing our foundation in Lansing,” said Marilyn Horn, Van Dyke Horn president and CFO. “She is an excellent addition to the team and we are thrilled that she will be helping steward our expansion.” The opening of a Lansing office is another step in Van Dyke Horn’s rapid growth since owners Van Dyke and Horn acquired the company in 2016 from founders and Michigan communications legends Bob Berg and Georgella Muirhead.  Van Dyke Horn recently hired Kaye Byrd, former deputy communications director for Wayne County and communication director for its public works department.  Byrd is leading representing a large portfolio of the agency’s utility clients. Van Dyke Horn also hired Brianna Shreve as an account executive and Grant Wickersham as junior account executive in late 2017.  Additionally, the recently promoted team members Nat Synowiec, to senior account executive and operations director, Elizabeth Durham, to senior accounts and operations executive, and Terrence West to account executive. A key element that defines Van Dyke Horn’s brand, and sets it apart from other Michigan-based agencies, is to have a diverse team that reflects the diversity of the communities and industries the company serves.  



Where’s the Beef: Detroit McDonald’s debuts fresh beef Quarter Pounders

By Branden Hunter When the cowbell sounds at the McDonald’s location on Mack Avenue and I-75, that means a customer has ordered the new 100 percent fresh beef, not flash-frozen, Quarter Pounder. The change is part of a nationwide rollout that began in March, when McDonald’s began using fresh beef in some of its products. These hotter, juicer burgers will be offered to customers through both the Quarter Pounder and Signature-Crafted Recipe platforms. It’s the latest step in a journey to build a better McDonald’s across Michigan by embarking on a food journey and enhancing the customer experience inside and outside the restaurants. The Mack and I-75 location will also debut self-ordering kiosks in the near future. McDonald’s said there will be no change in price as a result of using fresh beef. There is no indication that fresh beef will be used in other menu items. “The taste is the big difference and it is phenomenal,” said Marla Thrower, who owns 14 McDonald’s locations in Detroit, including the Mack and I-75 location. “It has a juicy taste to it and it’s very good to your pallet. It’s similar to what you’d have at home and the customers are going to love it.” Carmen Turner, 35, lives in the Diggs Homes just up the street from the McDonald’s and has been coming to that location all her life. She said the fresh patty tastes completely different from the original. “This new burger is juicier than the old patties they used to serve,” said Turner. “That gives it a better taste and makes me want to buy it every time I come here. They should use this fresh concept on all their burgers.” McDonald’s pointed out that it sources some of its beef from Michigan. In 2016,

Detroit McDonald’s location owners Marla Thrower (second from left) and daughter Joni Thrower (middle). PHOTO: Kory Woods the company bought 11 million pounds of beef from the state. McDonald’s says it has been on a “food journey” over the last several years to better the chain and enhance customer experiences. By June, all McDonald’s Happy Meal menu offerings will be 600 calories or less and will be compliant with new criteria for less added sugar and saturated fat. More than 75 percent of the meals will meet McDonald’s new sodium guidelines. The chain is also committed to taking high-fructose corn syrup out of their buns, using chickens not treated with antibiotics and has fulfilled that commitment. The use of cagefree eggs and food packaging from renewable, recycled or certified sources is expected by 2025. “We’re evolving with our customers and reacting to what our customers want,” said Phil Saken, McDonald’s communications manager for Michigan and Ohio. The Archways to Opportunity program is McDonald’s access to education initia-

tive which helps employees further their education and achieve their dreams. Through the program, employees who have worked at McDonald’s more than 90 days are eligible for tuition assistance, receiving assistance toward earning a high school diploma or college degree, career advising and more. McDonald’s also announced that they are making an additional 5-year $150 million investment into the Archways to Opportunity program,

tripling the tuition assistance that employees can qualify for, offering $2,500 tuition assistance to any two-year, fouryear, or vocational school. “McDonald’s prides itself on being America’s best first job,” said Saken. “The Archways to Opportunity opens additional doors to access to education if people have higher ambitions beyond McDonald’s and it’s really important for us to invest in the people who are the backbone of the daily restaurant operations.”

NEIdeas Small Business Challenge to award 26 small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park The New Economy Initiative (NEI) has begun accepting applications for NEIdeas: Rewarding Ideas for Business Growth challenge. In its fifth year, NEIdeas will award 26 existing small businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park $10,000 each for their ideas for growth. Applications for this year’s NEIdeas challenge can be submitted online at from now until June 1 at 11:59 p.m. 

The premise of NEIdeas is simple – business owners have ideas to grow their businesses, they just need capital to realize them. NEIdeas offers grants to for-profit businesses that are at least three years old and located in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park – regardless of their type or industry. Those businesses are asked to share their idea for growth in a straightforward, 400-word application that can be submitted online at or in person at one of 28 NEIdeas

ambassador locations. Since its launch in 2014, NEIdeas has awarded 118 local businesses a total of $1.9 million to help them realize their ideas for growth, as well as connected hundreds of others to technical assistance opportunities. More than 70 percent of past NEIdeas winners are minority-owned businesses, and 60 percent are woman-owned businesses. For a full list of past winners, visit Thanks to an extensive outreach campaign, NEI-

deas has received applications from businesses in every ZIP code in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. In 2017, NEIdeas received a record number of applications from almost 700 local businesses. The New Economy Initiative (NEI) is a philanthropic collaboration working to grow an inclusive culture of entrepreneurship in southeast Michigan that benefits all residents and strengthens the regional economy. A special project of

the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, NEI acts as a strategic grant maker, convener, and storyteller in its efforts to build and sustain a network of support for diverse entrepreneurs who are creating a better future for their communities. Learn more at https:// For the full program guidelines and information on eligibility, visit rules-eligibility/.

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A daughter, a mother, a grandmother and a candle company: the inspiration behind 12th and Viv candles

Three years ago, Darian Cook was tired of spending money on cheap candles from Dollar Tree and could not afford to keep buying the more expensive candles from Bath & Body Works. So, she went to Michaels, bought a kit on how to make candles and some other supplies, and used Pinterest and YouTube to learn how to make her own candles.

“It started off pretty bad. The candles didn’t really smell like anything and it took me some time to get them right. Eventually, I got them together and after perfecting them, I decided to start my own business and make a living off of it.” Cook named her new business 12th and Viv: 12 for her favorite number and Viv to honor her grandmother Vivian Cook. The company’s name may seem simple, but the meaning behind it all is the fuel that keeps the flame burning. Vivian Cook took in her granddaughter after she ran away from her mother’s home. The elder Cook is 81-years-old and has been battling with her health for some time now. But she raised her granddaughter as if she were her own, leaving an everlasting impact on her life. “I wanted to name my business after her because she motivated me a lot,” Cook said of her grandmother. “My grandmother and I are pretty close. She took me in at one point and I appreciate her for that. I grew a deeper bond with her after that point and it inspired me to honor her. She still calls me to this day to ask how my business is doing.” Cook’s business partner is her mother, Regina Walton. She invested money in 12th and Viv and began to takeover full operation of the business while her daughter was pregnant and worked. She now makes candles and runs the social media and website for 12th and Viv. Cook’s relationship with her mother is great now but it was not always like that. Walton is a Jehovah’s Witness and does not even celebrate Mother’s Day. The household was

Effort also leverages the financial expertise of more than 400 Citizens bankers who volunteer with local nonprofits to teach consumers how to manage their money better. As part of its ongoing commitment to give consumers the confidence and tools they need to reach their potential, Citizens Bank announced today that six nonprofit organizations in Michigan will receive $110,000 in contributions as part of the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative. Citizens Bank will provide $1.5 million in grants in nine states including Michigan that will help people obtain a better understanding of financial topics ranging from the basics of checking accounts and household budgeting to the intricacies of starting or building a business and long-term financial planning. During Financial Literacy Month and throughout the year, Citizens wants to help individuals and businesses in achieving their financial goals, and the tools they need to budget, save, invest and be fiscally healthy.

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“I had just moved into a new place and I constantly kept buying candles weekly,” said Cook. “I had an entire cabinet stacked with candles and I thought it would be cost effective if I learned how to make them myself.”

Citizens Bank announces $110,000 in financial literacy charitable contributions to non-profits in Michigan

The yearlong effort will support financial literacy programming for small business owners, entrepreneurs, homebuyers, students and other consumers throughout the communities it serves. A significant piece of funding in Michigan is going to Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

strict for Cook growing up, like not being able to go to parties and homecomings, which put a strain on the relationship between Cook, her mother and her mother’s husband. Cook did not want to be a Jehovah’s Witness and once she was 18, decided to go live with her grandmother. “It took us a couple of years to back to a friendship level,” Cook said of her mother. “We didn’t speak for months after I left home. It was really hard on us, but I think we got closer once I had my daughter. I got to see the softer side of her after that and we became really good friends again.” “Not having your mom around can be really hard. And I’m glad she is back in my because I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without her. My business would not be where it is now if it wasn’t for her supporting and helping me. For her to drop everything for me, gave me an appreciation that I thought I’d never have for my mom.” Signature soy candles are what 12th and Viv is known for, available in a dozen scents, handmade, hand poured and freshly crafted in small batches with the best quality ingredients. But they also make and sell lip butter, room sprays, body polish, body butter, and foam hand soap. With the inspiration of Cook’s grandmother and the help of her mother, 12th and Viv has grown since its inception and encompasses a wide range of organic and unique products that are safe, healthy and make you feel good physically and mentally. “I would love to get my business into some major retails stores,” said Cook. “We are trying to get stores to stock our product and get our name out here more. Our goal is for our candles and other products to be known around the world.”

“The grant from Citizens Bank allows us to better equip Detroit’s small business community with the financial literacy tools they need to succeed,” said Michelle Richards. “Business failure rates in Michigan are at 66% for companies 10 years old, according to the SBA. A large reason for this is inadequate financial education and resources. With the help of the Citizens financial literacy grant, our CEED Detroit Loan Program provides microloans up to $50,000 at 5% for 5 years, along with extensive hands-on technical assistance. Weekly loan orientations and financial literacy sessions are also held weekly for approximately 200 participants annually.” The following are the funding recipients in Michigan and how the money will be used: • Accounting Aid Society of Metropolitan Detroit – To support the 2018 Tax Assistance and Financial Education Program to increase and expand economic security and financial literacy for low-to-moderate income households. • Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation – To support the Home Buyer Counseling Program to improve financial literacy and prevent foreclosure.

Van Dyke Horn From page B-3 “Van Dyke Horn strong believes in having a team that reflect the clients and communities we serve. While we are proud of our deep bench strength of professional expertise, we also recognize how important it is to have a diverse team of consultants, in gender, culture, race and age,” said Van

• Great Lakes Women’s Business Council – To address the need for affordable financing, financial literacy, and technical assistance for women and minority-owned businesses in Detroit neighborhoods. • Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan – To support the JA Financial Literacy for Youth program to prepare students to proactively manage their finances through age-appropriate instruction. • Southwest Economic Solutions - To build the capacity for integrated financial coaching services across diverse programming, specifically ProsperUS. • Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency - To improve the economic well-being of fellow citizens by increasing financial capabilities and assets. In addition to the financial literacy grants, Citizens Bank offers helpful

tips on its website for consumers to learn how to budget and save as well as advice on how to save to buy a home, seek identity protection and more. The bank is also inviting those interested in learning more about money management to follow along on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, throughout the month of April to learn and share tips about topics such as goal-setting, saving and managing credit. The bank’s Community Ambassadors— colleagues trained to deliver the FDIC’s MoneySmart curriculum to consumers— will offer their real-world tips on saving and money management. “At Citizens, we believe that becoming financially savvy is a skill that benefits everyone.   Learning the basics is the first step in achieving your financial goals and getting on the path to financial security,” said Rick Hampson, President, Citizens Bank, Michigan. “With Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money, more than 400 Citizens Bank colleagues will provide members of our communities with the knowledge, confidence and resources they need to budget, save, invest and be fiscally healthy.” Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money is part of the bank’s broader Citizens Helping Citizens program, which addresses three key areas: hunger, financial education and strengthening communities.

Dyke. “In a nutshell: we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk,” he said. Van Dyke Horn’s mission is to not only serve its clients, but to serve the communities in which it does business.  In Detroit, Van Dyke Horn sponsors the Berg Muirhead Scholarship for Public Relations Student Advancement in honor of the firm’s founders, as well as supports the

Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Public Theatre and the Coleman A. Young Foundation. Van Dyke Horn currently serves approximately 40 clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, including automotive, government, energy, education, coalitions, hospitality, non-profits, foundations and associations, real estate development and utilities.

5 Reasons deskside meetings should be a bigger part of your PR strategy By Sakita Holley

less opportunity for you to get them interested in whatever it is you’re selling.

Earlier this week I set up a full day of deskside meetings for one of my clients.

3. Opportunity for thought leadership.

Essentially, desksides are one-on-one meetings with reporters at media outlets where a brand or executive wants to get coverage. We typically look to book a deskside appointment when a client is launching a new product, making an announcement that warrants the one-on-one or simply to introduce an executive or brand to a particular outlet and/or reporter.

Unlike email or phone outreach, face-to-face meetings really give you a better chance to demonstrate your passion, enthusiasm and expertise for your product or story, which can help you position yourself as an expert source or thought leader for a particular topic.

These meetings, which can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour (longer meetings are rare), are an important part of our firm’s media relations strategy because they greatly increase opportunities for coverage, especially for some of our lesser known clients.

At any given time you could be pitching different stories or projects for the same client to 3 to 5 different reporters or editors at a publication. For example, you could be working with the print team on a feature that will run a few months down the road, a blogger who needs images for a post that’s going up tomorrow or a video/visual content team to go over script ideas for an upcoming video series.

If you’re not scheduling face time with the reporters who cover your client’s industry; start now. Here are some of the benefits that deskside meetings provide: 1. In person meetings are gold when it comes to building familiarity and trust. Even with all of the technological advances we have that keep us connected 24/7, there is still nothing that beats faceto-face communication when

4. You can meet more than one editor or reporter at a time.

Sakita Holley you’re looking to build meaningful relationships or connections. Pitch emails and phone interviews are great, but in-person meetings allow you to build familiarity and trust a lot quicker and can help cement your place on a reporter’s radar. Newsroom staff cuts and increased coverage responsibility also eat up a good amount of a reporter’s time, so if you notice that they decline invitations to events or pressers often, don’t hesitate to bring the show di-

rectly to them. 2. You can guarantee that for a set amount of time, the reporter is focused only on you and/or your product. Calls can be sent to voicemail, emails can be neglected or discarded and packages with products can sit unopened for days or weeks. A deskside appointment affords you the chance to have a reporter’s undivided attention for a set period of time which can be a price-

Deskside appointments are a great way to bring everyone together at once (FYI, you always want to be transparent when you’re pitching more than one person at an outlet) to establish a rapport with the client and to discuss the best way to leverage the content across platforms, etc. 5. If the reporter leaves the

publication, you won’t have to restart the relationship. Lately, there’s been a ton of turnover in the media industry with reporters jumping from publication to publication, getting promoted up the masthead or leaving to start their own media ventures. If you’ve been focused on building relationships all along this won’t be such a big deal because you’ll have a connection or an “in” with that person no matter where they go. Placing a high priority on building relationships has paid off handsomely for our clients in the past, especially when people get promoted to decision-making roles because they’ll remember who took the time to get to know them and will often contact you first if there’s a relevant opportunity. Ultimately, scheduling some one-on-one time with your clients and the writers that cover their industry can drastically increase your chances of getting media coverage. So, the next time, you feel like you’re getting nowhere with your current pitch strategy, reach out to a reporter and request a deskside meeting. Sakita Holley is the Founder/CEO of House of Success PR and the host of the Hashtags and Stilettos Podcast. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @MissSuccess.

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Jackie Henderson celebrates milestone

Ms. Jackie Henderson celebrated her 70th birthday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. Pastor and Mrs. Charles G. Adams, President Pastor Charles C. Adams and several hundred guests enjoyed the grand event with the honoree.

By Roz Edward Florrie Love Willis Blackwell, a noted advocate and activist, transitioned on April 25, 2018 in Detroit, MI. The wife of Michigan’s first black mayor, Robert B. Blackwell, and matriarch of one of the state’s most prominent black political families, Love was an accomplished civic actor in her own right. Having spent 16 years as first lady of Highland Park, she encouraged her husband Bob to pursue his dream of positioning Highland Park as a “Model City,” while she expandied her own role in preparing Highland Park for a more promising future. The devoted wife, mother and social advocate, while raising the power couple’s four children: Brenda, June, Arthur and Bobbie, all of whom would go on to enjoy successful careers themselves, decided to hone her civic skill set as a social worker for the Michigan State Department of Social Services. She remained with DSS until her retirement in 1989, when she determined to spend more of her precious time with her husband, four children and eight grandchildren, although she continued to serve the community and work toward a common good. Love a graduate of North Carolina A&T, where she excelled as a standout scholar and social curriculum trailblazer as one of the first women saxophonists in the school’s nationally renowned marching band, was in large part responsible for a rule change which resulted in women band members being allowed to wear pants during performances. Love established herself as an exceptional humanitarian as evidence by her faith, family, commitment to education and her dedication to improving the quality of life for local citizens.

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After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, the ambitious academician attended the prestigious Howard University School of Law and the only female in her class, earned her the affectionate nickname from her peers of “Little Sister.” Love received her Juris Doctorate degree at age 20. Making her the youngest person ever to graduate from Howard University’s School of Law. A thought-leader and a game-changer ahead of her time, Love leaves an impressive and lasting legacy, and will be remembered as a first lady for all time.

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By Nicole Black

Pastor Valorie Bennett


astor Valerie Bennett serves as the ultimate First Lady because she is the leading lady of her congregation. Pastor Val is the Senior Pastor of the House of Prayer & Praise Church. Together with her husband, the late Bishop Steven L. Bennett, House of Prayer and Praise Church was birthed 29 years ago. Pastor Val is not only a leading lady pastor in the city of Detroit, but she is the loving


mother of six, (5) daughters, Kimberly, Stephanie, Myra, Leah, Amelia, one son, Steven L. Bennett, Jr. and daughter in-law Eboni Bennett “Motherhood is such a blessing,” says Pastor Val. “It is the natural ability to birth, bring forth and guide a life. It is a joy and a journey. To have all daughters and one son, there was never a dull moment in the house. To watch them grow into adulthood sometimes is unbelievable, but I can say that I am Godly proud of them all.” Myself and my siblings have not always made the right de-

cisions, but we are often reminded of the examples our mother lives in front of us on a consistent basis. My siblings and I have followed her example since birth, so following her in the things of the lord became a second nature,” stated daughter Stephanie Pride. “We’ve watched her serve her family and live a life of integrity, grace, submission and loyalty. Those attributes are priceless and Godly. I only hoped to be a woman just like her. For the last 3 years after the passing of our father- we saw her in a different role as lead

As a young girl, First Lady Sheard, showed the world how she trained and nurtured her daughter, Kierra as a singer. Throughout the years, First Lady Sheard has shared the stage with her daughter giving her the platform to continue to carry out the musical legacy of her grandmother, the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and her aunt’s, The Clark Sisters.

thing right. All my siblings and I currently serve in areas of ministry following in the footsteps of our mother. We thank God for her life and the legacy that she is leaving for myself, my siblings and her grandkids. From the Bennett Clan, Happy Mother’s Day Mom.” The Bennett Siblings believe that their mom is a pillar of strength and a fighter. She’s taught them to be all that God has called them to be and to also keep him first their lives. Quotes: Stephanie Pride & Stephanie Bennett.


First Lady Karen Clark Sheard & Kierra Sheard

irst Lady Karen Clark Sheard serves as the First Lady to the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ where her husband, Bishop J. Drew Sheard serves as Pastor and General Board Member of the Church of God in Christ. She is also the baby girl of the most influential female gospel group of all times, Detroit’s own, The Clark Sisters. First Lady Sheard leads the women’s ministry at her church with poise and class being an example to the women in and outside her ministry, but most of all being the best example to her daughter.

Pastor. Although she served as co- pastor for 26 years, now the role has shifted, it was normal but uncomfortable at the same time. It was only right for us to stand with her and not only support but, serve with her in Ministry. It’s gives me the most honor to help and do what I know God called me to do. We all can say that serving in ministry with our mom is not just a help to her but also a sign that she did something right by teaching us to be who God called us to be. Being the mother to six children Pastor Val certainly has done some-

Kierra has blossomed and carried the mantel wellbeing one of today’s most influential young millennials. She is a Christian Blogger, renowned gospel artist, preacher and fashion designer and is surely following in her mom’s footsteps by spreading the gospel in every aspect of her life and she is forever grateful to her mom for her guidance and love. “I absolutely adore my mother! I don’t see how she has maintained grays but played rolls of wife, mommy, singer, businesswoman, first lady and so many more. I’m amazed at the joy that she brings to so many people’s lives. Somehow, she maintains sanity,” says Kierra. “She is the best woman in my life! I’m not sure what I would do without her. My prayer is that I’m exactly like my mom as a wife and mother, when it’s time. Mom, I pray that this Mother’s Day is as special as you are, and I hope that receive everything your heart desire. Love you mommy!”


First Lady Loretta Morman & Loretta Forbes

irst Lady Loretta Mormon is the First Lady to Pastor James L. Mormon and the Christian Tabernacle Church located in Southfield, MI. Lady Loretta serves as head administrator at Christian Tabernacle Church and works side by side with her beautiful daughter, Loretta Forbes. Both are administrators and authors who believe in raising awareness in child literacy. Lady Mormon finds joy in her daily life with these things, but motherhood is one of the most beautiful assignments that she has been given. Lady Mormon believes, “that daughters are soft and impressionable and need help to encourage their vulnerability from different messages the world sends them— that are contrary to the Word of God,” said First Lady Mormon. “One of the greatest gifts I believe I have been given was an introduction to Jesus Christ. This gave her the spiritual foundation she needed to conquer anything she desired within her heart. My daughter has become a young woman with hopes and dreams that are beyond the norm. I believe

words of affirmation surely played a role because the Bible says death and life are in the power of the tongue. So, I encourage you all mothers to speak positively to your children. These words help: You are loved, unique, beautiful, and created by God for a purpose. Being a mom is the most responsible blessing that a mother could ever dream of.” Daughter Loretta Forbes is such a fan of her mom. She stated, “My mother is the epitome of a Proverbs 31 virtuous woman. She is the best at wearing many hats and balancing them all with such ease and poise. Although she has always been busy managing businesses, ministry and family, I never felt that I came second to any of her other obligations. I feel so blessed to have her as my role model. All my mom’s accomplishments, including her newest achievement in writing her first book, continues to propel me forward in working diligently on my personal and professional goals. I’m blessed to call her Mom. Happy Mother’s Day to the greatest women I know.”

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Men’s Day Weekend at Tabernacle to feature Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. Frank Thomas Activities include services on Friday, May 18 and Sunday, May 20

Morehouse College has inducted Dr. Thomas into its Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers, and he has served as pastor of the New Faith Baptist Church of Matteson, Illinois (18 years) and the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church of Memphis (13 years).

Those who know them say Dr. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago and Dr. Frank Thomas of Indianapolis have a habit of shining a strong sermonic spotlight on the big issues facing African Americans. The nationally known ministers – Dr. Wright, from Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, and Dr. Thomas, from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis – head to Detroit next week to help Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church celebrate the 2018 edition of the historic church’s Men’s Day Weekend. Dr. Wright will preach at a special service Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. while Dr. Thomas is guest preacher for the 11 a.m. service on Sunday, May 20. The theme for the series of events is “The Upright Man,” with scriptural references to Psalm 1:1-2 and Psalm 37:2324. “We are truly blessed at Tabernacle to have a great number of strong Christian men who serve unselfishly as they work for the advancement of the kingdom,” said Tabernacle Pastor Nathan Johnson. “We are excited this year to have Dr. Jeremiah Wright, one who has a long history with Tabernacle and who has a great reputation around the nation and, indeed, the world. We are grateful he has accepted an invitation to come and be with us on Friday. “Sunday morning, we are blessed again to have another longtime friend of Tabernacle, Dr. Frank Thomas, who has shared with us before, and we look forward to hearing what he will share with us this Men’s Day. It is critical -in the climate that we in this nation find ourselves in -- that we have men who are committed to being upright men in their community, their home, and their church. We hope this Men’s Day will encourage

Dr. Thomas often emphasizes that African-American preaching has provided the fuel for hope in times of devastation and despair.

Dr. Jeremiah Wright them to continue to represent Christ everywhere they go.” A minister for more than 50 years, Dr. Wright in 1972 began transforming an initially small Trinity United Church of Christ into what has become a flock of more than 10,000 today, the largest United Church of Christ congregation in the nation. The church is also known for scores of innovative ministries, including one of the first comprehensive AIDS initiatives in a predominantly African American church. Meanwhile, Dr. Wright has cultivated a national following, with many around the country paying attention to his emphasis on community outreach and his political and social commentary. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Wright was educated at Virginia Union University and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Howard University before earning a doctorate from United Theological Seminary. He also served in the Second Marine Division of the U.S. Marine Corps, having graduated as valedictorian from the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in 1963. As a cardiopulmonary technician at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD from 1965 through 1966, he received three presidential commendations from President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Dr. Frank Thomas Dr. Wright’s preaching often highlights a phrase initially used by a predecessor in the ministry, Dr. Reuben Sheares, who urged African-Americans to be “unashamedly Black and unapologetically Christian.” Dr. Wright has authored numerous books, including Africans Who Shaped Our Faith and Good News! Sermons of Hope for Today’s Families. “I believe he is a man of integrity and strength who understands the importance of history and culture as it relates to our sojourn in this strange land,” said local psychologist and author, Dr. Byron Douglas, a longtime member of Tabernacle. Dr. Thomas, guest minister for the 11 a.m. Sunday service, is renowned as both a preacher and legendary teacher of preachers. At Christian Theological Seminary, he serves as professor of homiletics and director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration. He also has taught at Chicago’s McCormick Theological Seminary and the Memphis Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books considered by many scholars to be classics on the preaching tradition, including They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching, and Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750 to the Present.

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“I believe people are looking for hope, and African-American preaching and its emphasis on celebration have offered hope in some of the most degrading situations and circumstances,” Dr. Thomas was quoted as saying in an Indianapolis Star interview in 2016. “(It) has addressed volatile social climates and inaugurated positive social changes such as the civil rights movement of the 1960s. African-American preaching made this a better nation.” Deacon Kenneth Hubbard, chairman of Men’s Day Weekend 2018, said the “Upright Man” theme amplifies an important message -- that it takes strong and committed men to stand up to the crises facing African Americans these days.

50th Anniversary of the Last Poets Concert featuring Mama Sol in partnership with the DIA


Join The Wright Museum for this historic concert event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first known “rap” group, the Last Poets. The concert will feature a special guest performance with the raw and truthful sounds of Mama Sol. For tickets visit • When: 7 p.m. • Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit • Cost: $10


Jenifer Lewis:

The Mother of Black Hollywood Book Signing

Come kick off your Mothers Day with the Mother of Black Hollywood herself, Jenifer Lewis! Sharing love and laughs with an intimate glimpse into the life of a legend. Proceeds from the event will support Community Health Awareness Group, a premier African American organization dedicated to HIV prevention and care based in the city of Detroit. We hope to see you there!

“The climate we find ourselves in requires us to have the fortitude to wrestle with negative actions which are taken against us on a regular basis,” Chairman Hubbard said. “In Psalm 1:1, it gives us the blueprint of how we can rely upon our Christian values to withstand these challenges. In Dr. Wright and Dr. Thomas, we have two of the best spiritual minds in the country to help us confront the dilemma we find ourselves in…and to help us react to a negative environment with a spiritual response.” Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2080 W. Grand Blvd. There is no charge for any Men’s Day events. For more information on Men’s Day Weekend 2018, call (313) 898-3325.

• When: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit • Cost: $60


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By AJ Williams

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Mother’s Day can leave some of us stumped with what to wow Mom with this

year! No worries… Dope things are my thang and you can’t go wrong with my DOPEST Things Mother’s Editions list. Trust… Mom’s gonna love you, if you cop anyone of these gifts:

Let my express her Bold and Beautiful side with a statement necklace from Trice Clark. Scuba Block Disco Necklace $55 Visit:

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Help Mom Relax with Tealings Co. “Stress Relief Blend” $15 Visit: www. Joe Muer’s Seafood: If Mom’s favorite food is seafood then Joe Muer’s is the place for her. Reservations start at 10 am. Visit:

Set The “Tea Mood” for Mom with 12th & Viv’s “Tea Time” Candle. $25 Visit: ­

House of Pure Vin: From chicken and waffles to shrimp and grits, House of Pure Vin is setting the standard for Mother’s Day Brunch. Reservations start at 1pm. Tickets on

Want a little soul and Jamaican flavor along side a mimosa? Colors ­Mother’s Day Brunch is the place to be. ­Reservations start at 11 am. Visit: www.colorsrestaurantdet. online

Oatmeal Body Butter, Oatmeal Soap, Oatmeal Body Oil and Bath bomb...going to be a relaxing night after using this set! $46 Visit. (Note: Oatmeal Honey set available in store!)

Mama’s got a thing for Pasta? Then Andiamo’s has you covered with their Annual Mother’s Day Brunch. Reservations start at 10 am. Visit:

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McDonald's Hot Off The Grill Fresh Beef Is


By AJ Williams

On Monday, the fast-food giant McDonald’s launched it’s answer to competitors like Wendy’s, with the introduction of their fresh-beef Quarter Pounders across the US. Now, every Quarter Pounder order at American McDonald's is made with fresh — not frozen — beef. The introduction of “Hot Off The Grill” 100% Fresh Beef is the biggest launch since the debut of “All Day Breakfast.” Along with the rollout of fresh beef in our Quarter Pounders and Signature sandwiches we have also taken high fructose corn syrup out of our buns.” said, Phil Saken, McDonald’s Field Brand Reputation Manager.

5 Ways to Boost Home Wi-Fi (Family Features) In today’s connected world, it’s almost unthinkable to function without an internet connection, and for practical purposes most households need wireless connectivity for everyone to fully enjoy their internet-enabled devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets, televisions, thermostats, security cameras and even refrigerators. However, with the growing number of devices requiring access to your network, and in some cases even the quality of the connection itself, there can be limitations to your Wi-Fi network’s performance. The problem can be compounded by the reality that increased reliance on Wi-Fi networks isn’t just in your own home or office, it’s around the globe.

The debut of made to order hot off the grill burgers is a positive step for McDonald's in meeting the growing demand of customers for fresh, whole foods. “We are also rolling out digital kiosks and table service at select Metro Detroit restaurants. We hear our customers and are committed to giving them what they want.” said, Saken. As a part of the Metro Detroit launch, McDonald’s hosted a Golden Chef Hat VIP Tasting at the McDonald’s on I-75 and Mack in Detroit for media guest and digital influencers. Donned in yellow golden chef hands and armed with special Mickey D’s spatulas guest were treated to a "behind the scenes" look at how the Quarter Pounder with Fresh Beef is prepared and then given an opportunity for a first bite experience. Take it from me, after my first bite of the cheesy, juicy revamp; I'm convinced that this fresh beef will help with McDonald’s mission to remain the leader in fast-food, as Randy Jackson would say, “It’s a gonna be a YES for me, dawg.”

5 Tips for Summer Road Trips (Family Features) For many people, summer means setting out on a road trip in search of bucket-list-worthy excitement or a relaxing vacation.

3. Rotate Often – Tires should be rotated at least every 6,000 miles or earlier if irregular or uneven wear develops.

Use up-to-date Wi-Fi technologies. It won’t matter what other steps you take to improve your network performance if you’re using old technology. Be sure your devices and router are all compatible with the latest network capabilities. Equipment that runs the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, is ideal if you’re using multiple devices.

Know that location matters. Placing your router in an open, centralized area is likely to create a better access point throughout the house. Be wary of walls and other obstructions than can hinder a clear signal transmission throughout the house. An ethernet cable and cable clips are all you need to move your router from its connecting point to a more signal-friendly location.

These five safety tips can help get your family ready to hit the road this summer:

2. Ensure Proper Tire Pressure – Low tire pressure can lead to poor handling and gas mileage, excessive wear and overloading. Drivers should check their tire pressure at least once a month, and especially before any long trip. Use a dependable air gauge or stop by an automotive store like Discount Tire or America’s Tire to take advantage of complimentary air checks.

In the meantime, these tips may help boost the quality and speed of your home Wi-Fi network.

Improve network security. Be sure to regularly update your password and enable WPA2 encryption, which offers greater security.

Whether you’re going down the road to visit family or across the country to see a national monument, it is important to prepare your vehicle – and its tires – before you pull out of the driveway.

1. Check Your Tread – A tire’s tread depth can determine a vehicle’s safe stopping distance. You can check your tread depth by sticking a penny upside-down in a tread groove. If you can see President Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.

Some groups, such as WifiForward, are advocating for increased connectivity across America, including greater access to unlicensed spectrum, which are radio frequencies that consumers can use for a wide range of purposes, including Wi-Fi. Ultimately, greater access to unlicensed spectrum can result in benefits like more reliable connections and super-fast “Gigabit Wi-Fi,” as well as cost-effective wireless broadband for unconnected urban and rural areas.

4. Inspect Your Trunk – Some new vehicles no longer come equipped with a spare tire, opting instead for tire inflation kits that feature puncture coating sealants and air compressors, or even run-flat tires. Check your trunk to see what your vehicle contains and make sure you have a roadside assistance plan should the need arise. 5. Don’t Overload – The combination of heat and overloading a vehicle, which can be common during summer travel, is one of the most dangerous conditions for a vehicle’s tires as overloaded tires can overheat and possibly fail. When it comes to summer driving

safety, it can be imperative to check your tires early and often. Knowing the condition of your tires can keep your family safe and your vehicle in quality condition.

Reboot your router regularly. Like many devices, an occasional reboot can help improve function. A router that is continually running is processing a great deal of data and even in normal operation some data can become corrupt. A reboot can dump those errors and allow you to resume operations with a clean slate, so to speak.

“It is important that drivers know how to check and maintain their tires and recognize the warning signs of when to replace them, especially during the hotter months,” said Tom Williams, senior vice president at Discount Tire. “Keeping customers and their families safe is our No. 1 priority each summer.”

Update your connected devices. Each device that is actively connected to your network depletes available bandwidth. When a device’s operating system is out-of-date, it can become a data hog, impacting the performance of the other devices you have connected in your home. Check regularly for software and connectivity updates to improve speeds and maximize your experience.

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Standing tall: Detroit student-athletes have a true friend in Willie Burton!

His best play yet: Drawing on his vast experience both in and outside of sports, Willie Burton now has a wonderful opportunity to enrich the lives of high school students participating in athletics in the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Eyeing the future, former Eagle wants DPSCD high school athletics to soar

did step in to help, he carries out his work today, in part to pay forward the second chance he received in his own life. With that said, the “Best of Young Detroit” would like to warmly wish a son of Detroit, Mr. Willie Burton, tremendous success in all of his endeavors on behalf of our school district, and we look forward to reporting back on his progress very soon!

Getting To Know: Davonte Johnson By Scott Talley Special to the Michigan Chronicle Detroit has long been known as a basketball town and Willie Burton is definitely a major contributor to our city’s rich hoops legacy. A standout performer at Detroit St. Martin de Porres High School, he helped the Eagles win back-to-back state championships (1985-86). Mr. Burton was equally successful as a player at the University of Minnesota, where he earned All-Big Ten honors as a senior. In fact, Mr. Burton’s play at Minnesota along with his performances during pre-draft camps and workouts were strong enough to make the Detroiter a first-round selection (number nine overall) in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. Mr. Burton introduced himself to the NBA by scoring 25 points in his first game with the Heat, and on one special night—December 13, 1994—at the old Spectrum Arena in Philadelphia, he had a game like few NBA players have ever had, when he scored a whopping 53 points while playing for the 76ers against his old team, the Heat! Mr. Burton should indeed feel proud about his basketball accomplishments, but when he recently spoke to the “Best of Young Detroit,” a much more important topic was on his mind—our city’s youth. “I’m not too hung up on Willie Burton, or Willie Burton the basketball player,” said Mr. Burton, who still looks the part of an athlete in many ways with a lean 6-foot-8 frame. “I use Willie Burton when I need to use Willie Burton to get what I need for these kids.” Since January Mr. Burton has been “using” his vast experience both in and outside of sports for the betterment of high school students participating in athletics in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). Just as a basketball player must rely on his or her teammates to be successful, Mr. Burton expressed his gratitude to DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti and Alvin Ward, DPSCD deputy executive director for the Office of Athletics and Health Education. Mr. Burton said these gentlemen have given him the opportunity to carry out a job with many functions

and responsibilities that ultimately impact students including fundraising, program and curriculum design, and working directly with parents, coaches, athletic directors, principals and student-athletes. “My biggest problem is when people talk more about what can’t be done, instead of how we’re going to get it done,” said Mr. Burton, who shared with us some of his initial ideas for the district including adding wrestling to the high school sports menu; raising the grade point average required for participation in varsity sports to align with NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) standards, which would make all of the district’s student-athletes college eligible regardless of their athletic prospects; and, mandatory study tables for teams. Mr. Burton understands that “closing some of the gaps that he sees” will require an ongoing, committed, determined effort, but he feels that he is up for the task given the type of work he has done in the past off the court to help communities and youth including being a manager for Project Safe Campus, which is linked to the popular 1-800-SPEAK-UP tip line. In addition, he has worked with other community agencies as well as professional sports leagues, including the NBA, to enrich the lives of youth both locally and nationally. While he is still less than six months into his new position with DPSCD, Mr. Burton said the one thing that our community and students can always expect from him is that he will be forward thinking. “Why create a program that’s for today?,” asks the proud University of Minnesota graduate. “Programs should be designed for the future. If I’m not hearing no, I’m not doing my job because I’m not pushing the boundaries of possibilities.” When asked what motivates him to push hard on behalf of Detroit youth, Mr. Burton shared a story about an eighth grader in the early 1980s attending Detroit’s Webber Middle School, just down the road from the DPSCD’s current offices in the Fisher Building. The young man as it turns out was kicked off the school basketball team and was on the verge of being expelled from every public school in the city. That eighth grader that “no one wanted to touch” just happened to be a young Willie Burton and with that memory still very much a part of him, along with gratitude for the good people that

East English Village 11th grader is a true man of action! The May 5 “Saturday Schoolhouse in the D Student Celebration” presented by UAW-Ford at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern High School brought together an absolute stellar collection of young people including Davonte Johnson, an 11th grader at East English Village Preparatory Academy. Mr. Johnson is a dynamic entrepreneur, vocalist, youth leader, community activist and more, who participated in the “Youth Biz Vendor Fair” during the student celebration. Mr. Johnson is the founder and president of the No Limit Crew of Detroit, a coalition of singers, dancers, poets, entrepreneurs and motivational speakers all under the age of 18. The company strives to delete the stigma often placed on our youth, and the No Limit Crew carries out its important mission by promoting positive self-expression. To be in Mr. Johnson’s company is to be inspired by a son of Detroit who has been a man of action since the fifth grade when he raised money for books at his school (Hamilton Academy). Following is just a tiny slice of what he shared with the “Best of Young Detroit” at the student celebration, and we look forward to reporting more on Mr. Johnson in the very near future. What were your impressions of the “Youth Biz Vendor Fair”? Davonte Johnson: “I was here at the UAW-Ford youth and entrepreneur program and I sang the “National Anthem” and “Lift Every Voice And Sing” to start the program and I thought it was an amazing experience. I think it should become prevalent to get more young people involved in becoming entrepreneurs because working for someone else doesn’t really give you an experience. Our company promotes entrepreneurship, we promote individuality, and uniqueness and peculiarness. We promote being yourself in all your ways. Our motto is ‘living life to no limits.’…You don’t put an age on entrepreneurship; you can own your own business at any age. That’s why it’s so necessary that we keep this movement going.”

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UAW-Ford’s ‘Saturday Schoolhouse In The D’ was a hit with hundreds of youth! and no doubt filled bellies given the generous amount of pizza and goodies that were made available to all in attendance. Following is a small sampling of what was shared with the “Best of Young Detroit” about “Saturday Schoolhouse in the D”: Ashton Burton, 11th grader, Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern High School: “The activity that I participated in at ‘Saturday Schoolhouse in the D’ was chess, which I love. I have been

The students represented Detroit Public School Community District schools, as well as local charter schools. Some were even home schooled, and they came from the city and suburbs. But what these young people and their parents all had in common was a desire for ongoing, enriching Saturday programming targeting youth from the ages of 8 to 18. And for the third consecutive year “Saturday Schoolhouse In The D” filled a vital need for youth and families across our community. The free, core and enrichment classes, which concluded for this school year last Saturday (May 5), touched hundreds of boys and girls since last October. The more than two dozen program offerings at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern and Mumford high schools included theater, robotics, ACT/SAT prep, financial literacy, chess, swimming and much, much

more. On a day when many in our city were slowed by a power outage, the “Best of Young Detroit” had an opportunity to be recharged by the positive energy that came from the “Saturday Schoolhouse in the D Student Celebration” on May 5 at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern High School. As the celebration wrapped up, there were still many smiling faces to be seen, along with trophies, balloons,

The great Ron Carter is a Hall of Famer and Cass Tech grad

Can a student sitting in a Detroit Public Schools Community District classroom today become one of the most respected and recorded musicians of all time? Absolutely, and one of the special people our students can look to for inspiration is Ron Carter. A classical cellist during his days at Cass Technical High School, Mr. Carter would become the most recorded jazz bassist of all time, with more than 2,200 recording sessions to his credit. A most deserving inductee into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame, Mr. Carter has recorded with a host of his fellow music greats including (Detroit’s own) Tommy Flanagan, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery and many, many more.

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playing chess for three years and at DCP at Northwestern, I have been to three chess nationals and each year my team and I did a very good job. Coming to ‘Saturday Schoolhouse in the D’ gave us a lot of practice so we could do well at nationals.” Karen Clingman, “Saturday Schoolhouse in the D” coordinator (Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern site): “I feel that we have grown each year and I love having things for kids to do on the weekend, be it academic or enrichment. There was a time when our parents were able to take the children to the movies, or to the ballet, or the museum or library on the weekends, and we also had school programs that did the same, but with budget cuts and other changes there is a void. ‘Saturday Schoolhouse in the D’ gives kids that opportunity again and you can look at them and see that light bulb being turned on. Mr. Settles (UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles) came

through; ‘Saturday Schoolhouse in the D’ was his baby.” Cornelius Crawley, 10th grader, Cass Technical High School: “I was an assistant to a chess coach at ‘Saturday Schoolhouse in the D.’ I think this program teaches many different aspects of life, such as chess, dance, conflict resolution and more. It gives you the opportunity to learn about things that you can’t learn anywhere else and the best benefit of it is that it is free. And if ‘Saturday Schoolhouse in the D’ comes back, I want as many people as they can take to come join.” Alontay Fudge, an 11th grader at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern High School and an aspiring engineer who wishes to serve his community in the future: “During Saturday Schoolhouse in the D, I attended SAT prep...The teacher I had was an excellent teacher and she helped me break down some things about the SAT, like the essay part and writing. Those were things that I needed help with, and she gave me the help that I needed and it helped when I took the test…I would recommend to all tenth graders and ninth graders to take SAT prep because it will help a lot…” Tamyre Watkins, 10th grader, Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern High School: “

‘Saturday Schoolhouse in the D’ was really fun for me. I actually worked for the program this past fall/spring. My job was to be the locker room attendant, but sometimes I would help out with chess, and sometimes I would help out with swim. I would just do anything that Ms Clingman (program coordinator) needed me to do. ‘Saturday Schoolhouse in the D’ is actually good for kids who want to learn how to do more things. Chess wasn’t the only thing; the program had swim, basketball, anger management, conflict resolution, dance, arts and craft, etc., just so many things. For any kid needing help or wanting help, this was the place to be.”

Still time to view DPSCD Student Exhibition at DIA through May 13

The “Best of Young Detroit” would like to remind our community that there is still time to view the 81st annual “Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition” at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition includes hundreds of imaginative works created by Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) students, including Angel Wilson, a student at Osborn High School who is pictured with this write-up. Ms. Wilson, who is inspired by street artists and YouTube graffiti artists like Doke, follows the credo: “Do what you love, and love what you do.” The student exhibition can be viewed through May 13 in a gallery near the DIA’s Kirby Street entrance. Viewing of the exhibition is free with museum admission, which is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward. Hours are: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“Best of Young Detroit” Blessed with speed, Dr. Kenneth Burnley did his best work on behalf of youth

Jonathan Byrd, a fourth grader at Bates Academy, told the “Best of Young Detroit” last month that “when I’m all done with school, I want to be a scientist or either an astronaut.” Young Mr. Byrd added: “I mostly want to be an astronaut because I love to go up in space, explore space, and maybe even land on Mars.” For Mr. Byrd and everyone in our community with an interest in science and space, please know that NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has a website that includes current opportunities for students. The site includes contests for K-8 students, along with information about workshops, webcasts and more. For additional information, please visit

Your Feedback Matters The “Best of Young Detroit” welcomes feedback from our community. Please submit story suggestions and other comments to Scott Talley at or 313-590-3686. The date was May 28, 1958 and an underclassman sprinter for Detroit Mumford High School named Kenneth Stephen Burnley (April 20, 1942 – July 2, 2011) showed his athletic talent and promise in an event leading up to the league

championship meet. On that day, running against many top city teams, Burnley ran a leg on Mumford’s victorious 880yard relay, which also included Homer Heard, Jim Hampton and Mel Bishop. Burnley also placed second in the 100- and 220-yard dashes, finishing behind Northern High School’s Edgar Clark in both races. By the time Burnley (Class of 1960) finished his track days at Mumford, he had a sparkling 9.7 clocking in the 100-yard dash on his resume. He also was accomplished over the 220yard and quarter-mile distances, which brought him to the attention of many colleges across the state and country. The Mumford Mustang would choose the University of Michigan, where Burnley ran on teams that won Big Ten titles in 19621964. His contributions to the Wolverines’ success included being a part of relay teams that won three indoor and two outdoor Big Ten championships. In 1968, Mr. Burnley agreed to become an assistant track coach at the University of Michigan. By today’s standards the appointment does not seem out of the ordinary, but at the time, Mr. Burnley was the first African American to become a varsity level coach at the university. However, an even more remarkable trailblazing story was the journey of Dr. Kenneth Burnley, who received three higher education degrees from the University of Michigan and served students in a variety of capacities including teacher, assistant principal, director, assistant superintendent and superintendent, which included being chief executive officer for Detroit Public Schools. Dr. Burnley received national acclaim in 1993 as the recipient of the 1993 Colorado and National Superintendent of the Year awards from the American Association of School Administrators. Through his illustrious career, Dr. Burnley was committed to improving the lives of youth in multiple cities and states, but his special connection to the city of Detroit should never be forgotten and he should always be presented as a role model for our youth.


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Detroit Achievement Academy Attention: Vended School Meal Companies The Detroit Achievement Academy is requesting proposals for school food service vended meals. The Vendor would provide meal services according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and guidelines as well as State of Michigan Department of Education policies and guidelines.

Minimum qualifications include MCOLES license and current employment as a police or public safety officer.

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The Detroit Achievement Academy Board of Education reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all proposals or to accept the proposal that it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in the best interest of the school district.

Completed applications must be HAND DELIVERED to Human Resources beginning Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. Completed applications will be considered on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.

A copy of the RFP will be available by email at by May 9, 2018. A mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled for 2pm on May 15, 2018, at 7000 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48235. Attendance is mandatory. All proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on May 30, 2018. All proposals should be delivered in a sealed envelope and addressed to the Detroit Achievement Academy and be clearly marked: Food Service Vended Meal Proposal.



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Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years general office work, including experience in prioritizing work and meeting deadlines. Ability to operate standard office equipment. Knowledge of proper grammar, spelling & punctuation, intermediate word processing, spreadsheet and database applications. Ability to effectively interact with the public, students, faculty, and staff. This is a full time, clerical-technical position, with a salary of $39,693 annually. This is a grant funded position. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 16, 2018. Must apply on line to:

Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years general office work, including experience in prioritizing work and meeting deadlines. Ability to operate standard office equipment. Knowledge of proper grammar, spelling & punctuation, intermediate word processing, spreadsheet and database applications. Ability to effectively interact with the public, students, faculty, and staff. This is a full time, clericaltechnical position, with a salary of $39,693 annually. This is a grant funded position. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 22, 2018. Must apply on line to:

CITY OF HIGHLAND PARK, WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL SUPPLY The City of Highland Park is accepting proposals for Contractors to provide gasoline and diesel fuel to the City of Highland Park, Michigan. Sealed Bids must be received by 4:00 p.m. Local Time on Thursday, May 31, 2018 Ms. Brenda Green Office of the Clerk, City of Highland Park 12050 Woodward Ave Highland Park, MI 48203 Sealed Bids will be opened Monday, June 4, 2018 at the City Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m. (Local Time) City of Highland Park City Hall Building 12050 Woodward Ave Highland Park, MI 48203 All qualified vendors are encouraged to bid on all City of Highland Park projects. A refundable bid deposit in the form of certified check, cash, or surety bond payable to the City of Highland Park for a sum not less than five percent of the amount of the Bid shall be required with each Bid. The successful bidder will be required to furnish satisfactory performance and payment bonds when the contract is awarded. The City of Highland Park reserves the right to waive any irregularity, to accept or reject any or all bids, and to accept the Bids that, in the City’s opinion, are in the best interest of and to the advantage of the City of Highland Park. No bidder may withdraw his bid within 120 calendar days after the date of bid opening.


Perform a variety of highly specialized complex technical para-professional analyses of considerable difficulty and to coordinate multiple lower level technical functions required to provide services in an integrated system. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Five years progressively responsible office experience, including direct experience in office coordination, prioritizing work assignments and maintaining work flow to meet deadlines. Experience in group leading with ability to instruct and direct nonexempt employees and student assistants in work methods and procedures. 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 May 21, 2018. Must apply on line to:

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The Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority (DWJBA) owner/operator of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (Center) is seeking Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms who desires to provide general contracting services. The Center is a 745,000-square foot office building located in the heart of downtown Detroit. The DWJBA anticipates the following Scope of Work will be accomplished under the general contractor: • New Security Portal at Larned Entrance • Subterranean work to correct water intrusion and waterproofing The full RFP and drawings from the Architect, SmithGroup JJR, will be available for download on May 8th, 2018 at the following BOX folder:

Provide leadership, innovation, and administrative oversight for all housing assignment and summer conference related activities. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in student personnel or higher education administration or an equivalent combination of education and/ or experience. Three+ years professional experience managing housing assignments in a residential environment or related student services field; strong technological, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; the ability to cultivate an inclusive, diverse and welcoming student-centered environment. This is a full-time position. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional minimum requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 14, 2018. Must apply on line to:

Currently, the schedule is uploaded to that folder. Please attempt to access this folder and download the file before May 8th so if you have any difficulties, we can address them. There is a MANDATORY pre-bid meeting at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in the Erma Henderson Auditorium on the 13th floor of the Center. The deadline for questions related to this RFP is May 21st, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. (EST) Interested firms must submit (4) four sealed bid copies no later than Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. (EST) Public Opening to Follow To: Detroit -Wayne Joint Building Authority Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1316 Detroit, MI. 48226 Attention: Deb Craig, Senior Construction Manager, Hines-Porcher



Provide secretarial services and coordinate office support for the Director and faculty of the OUWB School of Medicine Library. To perform a variety of complex, non-standardized technical or paraprofessional activities of considerable difficulty in the OUWB School of Medicine Library. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years progressively responsible library and/or secretarial experience. . Ability to instruct and direct lower level non-exempt employees and student assistants in work methods and procedures. Ability to organize, prioritize, and expedite workflow in a library unit. This is a full time, clerical-technical position working Tuesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Salary is $42,021.00 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 18, 2018. Must apply on line to:


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This position will plan and implement all phases of a competitive national level NCAA Division I men’s and women’s track and field program, including studentathlete recruitment, scheduling, conducting practice sessions, conditioning programs, public relations activities and scouting/ game preparation. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Perform all duties in a manner consistent with NCAA, conference and University Rules, regulations, ordinances, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Three years of collegiate coaching experience. Proven experience in collegiate recruiting. This is a full time, individual contract position. Some evenings and weekends required. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 18, 2018. Must apply on line to:

Uses digital printing machines and software programs to effectively create materials per client request while maintaining the printing equipment and keeping inventory stocked. Operator may need to order inventory such as, paper, ink cartridges, parts or other components. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Two years’ digital imaging experience. Knowledge and experience inserting, printing, bindery, hand fulfillment and shipping. Experience in a fast pace, high volume production environment or similar background is required. This is a full time, clerical-technical position, working Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with a salary of $39,693 annually. This is a grant funded position. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 22, 2018. Must apply on line to:



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University Housing

Request for Proposal (RFP) for General Contractor

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Copies of the RFP are available by e-mailing to: Sealed Bids will not be received unless complete information, as required in the RFP package, is delivered to the City Clerk’s office on or before 4:00 p.m. Local Time on Thursday, May 31, 2018.


Provide upper level administration, direct the operations and manage the financial budget of the Department of Classroom Support & Instructional Technical Services (CSITS). CSITS is comprised of six interrelated service units: OU Help Desk, Classroom Support, Special Event Support, Classroom Technology & Systems Engineering, Video Services, and Desktop & Media Application Services. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in instructional technology, information services, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum five years directing and managing an instructional technology service center on a university campus. Minimum five years operating, maintaining, and supporting instructional/information technology, audio/ visual systems and resources. Refer to online posting for additional position requirements. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 14, 2018. Must apply on line to: WWW.MICHIGANCHRONICLE.COM


Manage and coordinate marketing and communication initiatives in support of enrollment for OU’s Macomb County locations. Responsibilities include writing, editing, and managing content for marketing projects including advertising, publications, departmental website, video projects and digital signage. Write and coordinate departmental student and faculty newsletters Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in education, business, communications, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. A minimum two years’ experience working with higher education student recruitment, marketing, and project management. A minimum of two years’ experience working with professional designers to create impactful and effective marketing collateral. May include some evenings and occasional weekends. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. This is a full time position located at the Anton-Frankel Center in Mount Clemens, MI. See online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 14, 2018. Must apply on line to:

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Advanced Systems  Engineer    

Warren, MI,  General  Motors.  Gather  &analyze   data  from  automotive  ultrasonic  sensor,  radar   &Lidar  systems,  &dvlp,  write  &validate   advanced  (future)  designs  of  document   reqmts  such  as  autonomous  vehicle  system   navigation  path  planning  using  DOORS  tool.   Review  &analyze  test  scripts  &results   &present  reqmt  &results  to  EGM  Advanced   &Automated  Systems  &  leadership.   Participate  with,  or  in  some  cases  lead,  cross   functional  dvlpmt  team  (Feature  Owners,   Systems  Engrs,  &other  key  stakeholders)   discussions  to  ensure  alignment  with  peers   &downstream  customers  such  as  software   design  &mfg  engrg,  in  product  execution  side   of  business.  Generate  System  level  DFMEA  &   allocation  of  identified  failure  modes  to   execution  teams.  Ensure  System  dvlpmt   follows  System  Safety  Process  by  identifying   hazards  &providing  regulatory  assessments   for  the  related  domain.  Provide  technical   guidance  &application  lessons  learned  to   Feature  Owners,  System  Integration   Engrs/System  Engrs.  Master,  Mechanical,   Electrical,  or  Electronics  Engrg.  12  mos  exp   as  Systems  Requirements  Engineer  or   Systems  Requirements  Analyst,  or  related,   gathering  &analyzing  automotive  ultrasonic   sensor  system  or  Lidar  reqmts.  Managing   reqmts  using  DOORS.  Mail  resume  to   Ref#1961,  GM  Global  Mobility,  300   Renaissance  Center,  MC:482-­C32-­C66,   Detroit,  MI  48265.  

E.O.E Applications can be obtained at City Clerk’s office 14400 Dix-Toledo, Southgate, MI 48195 734-258-3015 8a.m. – 4p.m., Mon. thru Fri. • Applicants must provide proof at time of application that they are/have: • Be at least eighteen (18) years old.

• Licensed Paramedic by State of Mi. and current ACLS certification or awaiting State of MI licensing test. • Passed written and CPAT portion of Firefighter Test offered by The Conference of Western Wayne through Schoolcraft College (734-462-4806). • Applicants must have an associate’s degree or the equivalent of 60 credit hours or five (5) years of certified fire service.


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• Applicants must meet all established hiring criteria, which is enclosed with the application form. Applications must be submitted and received by the Clerk’s office by: 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 1st, 2018.

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(Family Features) You are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. No matter your age, there is no better time than now to start. To help do just that, consider these tips from the Administration for Community Living: Be Well • If you don’t usually exercise, choose a low-impact activity that you can do a little at a time. Walk for 10 minutes in the morning, sign up for a tai chi class or learn gentle stretches, for example. Remember, it is wise to consult a health care provider before beginning an exercise routine. • Exercising is less of a chore when you do it with people you enjoy. Gather a group of friends or join a class. Some senior and community centers even offer free or low-cost options. • Good nutrition is vital. Keep an honest record of what you eat. If you have a condition like diabetes, consult your doctor before changing your diet. Nutritionists can be excellent resources, whether you have special dietary needs or not.

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financial assistance is available. • Express yourself through the arts. Learn to paint or draw, dust off those dancing shoes, take an acting class or finally write that novel. As a bonus, studies show the arts can improve brain health. • Keep expanding your knowledge and growing by learning a new language or taking a computer class. Or, if you’re more an adventurous type, maybe you’ve always wanted to travel and discover other cultures. Give Back • Consider using your experience to serve others. Volunteers meet a range of community needs, from mentoring at-risk youth and providing job training to helping families recover from disasters. Find opportunities by visiting local organizations or charities. • Pick and schedule service activities that match your skills and interests. If you are handy, assisting with a nonprofit housing organization may be most rewarding. If you enjoy working with kids, contact a local school to talk about ways you can help. • If you want to help others more informally, consider helpful tasks like driving neighbors to appointments, babysitting for working parents or tutoring kids in your neighborhood. If you are a member of a spiritual community or club, ask if there are outreach programs that need assistance. Increasing your well-being – physically, mentally and emotionally – can be made simpler by finding activities that fit your personality and interests. Visit to find more information and resources to engage at every age.


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