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By Adam Hollier It’s no mystery to anyone in Michigan: Our auto insurance rates are predatory and unaffordable. We pay $2,600 annually — twice the n ational average, according to insurance search engine Zebra. For Detroiters — the average is $5,414. That’s unacceptable.
I’m 33-years-old and paying $7,500 a year for my auto insurance. In my neighborhood and ZIP code, the average annual rate is $5,000. My wife and I have three cars, nothing fancy, and two of which are more than 10 years old. If given the chance, we’d opt out of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) because it would save my family Sen. Adam Hollier roughly $3,000 a year, and we have medical coverage like more than 90% of Michiganders thanks to Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act). Under the current system, many families in my neighborhood completely forego car insurance: They don’t drive legally, can’t afford new cars or the insurance, so they don’t buy it. Families are paying more to insure cars than they are worth. Michiganders have had the same no-fault auto insurance system with astronomical rates my whole life. Over the past 10 years that I’ve been working in Lansing, every single elected member from Detroit or an urban community has said, “My number one priority is to get rid of redlining. It’s to change the gender gaps. It’s to make auto insurance more affordable.” This bill does all three. Senate Bill 1 — the bill that passed the Michigan Senate this week — is a step in the right direction of trying to fix our auto insurance laws. While this legislation isn’t perfect by any means, it started the discussion and yielded a better bill in the House. This will lower our rates by including key details that make a difference, especially to Detroiters. When former President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, he knew it was because Congress had been fighting over civil rights laws for seven years. In fact, the first piece of civil rights legislation was passed in 1957 — and quite frankly, it was bad. Even President Johnson said it was terrible and the hardest bill he’s ever completed. Yet, he was proud of it because never, since Reconstruction, had anyone been able to successfully convince
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Detroit says farewell to Judge Damon J. Keith By Branden Hunter Judge Damon J. Keith touched many lives during his 96 years on this earth — 42 of which he spent serving as a judge on the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Those who were inspired by him packed the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church Monday morning to pay their finals respects. The federal judge and civil rights icon passed April 28 at his riverfront home in Detroit. Among the dignitaries in attendance were senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, former United States Senator Carl Levin, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, former Governors Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and former mayors Dennis Archer and Dave Bing. Detroit Tigers legend Willie Horton, whom Keith looked after when his parents died in a 1965 car accident, was in attendance, as well as former United States Representative John Conyers Jr. and Wayne State University President Dr. M. Roy Wilson. Keith requested that his casket be closed during his homegoing services. The shiny black coffin sat at the front of the sanctuary and two enormous arrangements of red roses towered over it on both sides. Throughout the 3-hour long service, family, friends and clergymen shared their fondest memories of Keith and his legacy. “With the passing of Damon Keith, the world lost an extraordinary man,” said Wilson who was sworn in by Judge Keith when he became president of Wayne State in 2013. “Such men as him are in great demand, but in short
Cecile Keith-Brown, Judge Damon Keith’s eldest daughter. PHOTOS: Andre Smith supply. Damon Keith was a giant in law, in civil rights and in life.” Keith is a 1956 graduate of the Wayne State University Law School. At the University, the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights was erected in Keith’s honor, and a scholarship was also established in his name in 2008. His legal influence and commitment to equality for all in the American justice system helped to change the course of the nation and birth the next generation of leaders. Keith’s previous law clerks included Granholm, a number of judges and law professors, Secretary of State
Jocelyn Benson, and Rashad Hussain who served as deputy associate counsel to President Obama. “A world without Damon Jerome Keith is a world worse off,” said Reverend Ademuyiwa Bamiduro, another former clerk for Keith. “He will no longer be able to offer words of wisdom or provide opportunities for young lawyers or offer fiery descents to judicial rulings. No more speaking for the last, the lost and the left out.” Camilla Brantley, 53, of Detroit said
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Wayne County Community College District is expanding its existing debt forgiveness programs by joining other educational institutions and the Detroit Regional Chamber in a student debt forgiveness program. That program offers debt forgiveness of previously incurred educational debt at participating institutions as long as students are enrolled at WCCCD or another participating school, are current on any new education financial obligations, and continue progress towards degree or certificate completion. WCCCD last year announced its Tuition Amnesty Program, which reduced tuition and fees by 30 percent, and reduced past debt for returning students who had earned some college cred-
“We have long understood that regional cooperation would be required to make meaningful change in big goals such as workforce transformation and increases in college completion,” Ivery said. “We have been at the forefront of these initiatives and are proud to leverage existing programs and work to make sure that we are all pulling in the same direction to help the communities we serve thrive.” its, but have not been able to complete a degree because of financial constraints. WCCCD expands that commitment with its agreement to the Regional program’s principles of extending it to an unlimited number of students, and agreeing to debt forgiveness of as much as a one-
half of total outstanding student debt. “Our mission has always been to provide pathways to better lives through higher education,” said WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery. “This initiative is a vital step in that direction.
The Detroit Regional Chamber-led program is part of its broader goal to improve postsecondary educational attainment from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2030. Wayne State University, Oakland University and Henry Ford College are also partners in the program.
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Flu Restrictions lifted at DMC Hospitals After what has been one of the longest flu seasons in more than a decade, the 2018-19 influenza season is finally nearing its end point according to the Centers for Disease Control’s weekly influenza surveillance report. The Detroit Medical Center took every necessary precaution to minimize the spread of influenza this year and, after a drop in cases, the DMC is lifting the visitor restriction protocol at all of its campuses. This includes Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Heart Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Sinai-Grace Hospital.
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U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (DCA) on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 introduced the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act of 2019. The legislation aims to support public defender systems, which are straining to uphold the constitutional right to counsel for indigent defendants as required by the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Gideon v. Wainwright decision. “After spending my career around the criminal justice system, I’ve seen up close how it can fail to ensure that poor defendants receive a fair trial and due process, as guaranteed to all of us in our Constitution,” said Sen. Harris. “All too often, our public defenders are overworked and lack sufficient resources. This makes public defense unsustainable over the long haul. And the person who suffers is the defendant, whose liberty is on the line. It’s wrong, and it’s the opposite of justice.” “I have introduced the EQUAL Defense Act to give public defenders the tools they need to ensure a more effective criminal justice system and to deliver on Gideon’s promise,” Harris added. The EQUAL Defense Act is supported by Jon Rapping, President & Founder of Gideon’s Promise. “Public defend-
ers have largely been ignored in the national conversation around criminal justice reform,” said Rapping. “The EQUAL Defense Act of 2019 is a recognition that public defenders must be an important part of our criminal justice reform thinking. I am hopeful that this Act prompts us all to continue to understand public defenders as a critical piece of the criminal justice solution, and to build on its important foundation to ensure marginalized communities have the advocates necessary to fulfill our democratic promise of equal justice,” Rapping added. In 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gideon v. Wainwright recognized the constitutional right to counsel to anyone accused of criminal wrongdoing and unable to afford their own attorney. But in today’s criminal justice system, public defenders are too often unable to uphold Gideon’s promise because they lack critical resources. The EQUAL Defense Act will provide financial support for public defense systems and training programs that aim to improve the delivery of legal services to indigent criminal defendants. The bill: Creates a new $250 million grant program to fund public defense, including establishing: ■ Workload limits for full-time public defenders.
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Judge Keith From page A-1 she caught the Dexter bus and walked nearly a mile along the James Couzens Freeway just to pay her final respects to Judge Keith. She is not a lawyer or relative of Keith, but a lifelong Detroiter who has been inspired by his accomplishments on the bench. “He was a true champion for civil rights,” said Brantley. “His commitment to school desegregation, fair housing and voting rights for all will never be matched.” Governor Whitmer shared the same sentiments. She ordered for all flags at the State Capitol as well as the flags on all state buildings to fly at half-staff on Monday in honor of Keith. “Judge Damon Keith was a civil rights icon,” Whitmer said. “In his decades of public service, he stood up for what was right, even if it meant facing attacks and threats from others. Because of his strength, his determination and his commitment to ending racism in our country, Michigan is grateful and better for it.” Keith, the youngest of seven
children of Perry and Annie Louise (Williams) Keith, was born July 4, 1922. His father had moved the family from Atlanta during the Great Migration and landed a job in a Ford plant in Detroit. Keith graduated from Detroit Northwestern High in 1939 and enrolled at West Virginia State College where he worked cleaning the chapel and waiting tables in a dining hall. He received a bachelor’s degree in arts there. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 and was discharged in 1946 as a sergeant. He then attended Howard University from which he earned a juris doctorate degree in 1949. Keith worked as a janitor at the Detroit News while studying for his bar exam, and later received a Master of Laws degree in 1956 from Wayne State University. In 1964, he opened his own law firm, which eventually became known as Keith, Conyers, Anderson, Brown & Wahls. His partners were Nathan Conyers, Herman Anderson, Joe Brown and Mike Wahls. The firm moved into the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit and was the first black law firm in the city’s allwhite legal district. Keith’s big break came in 1967 when he became a federal judge and
took a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 12, 1967, and received his commission the same day. Keith was chief judge for Eastern Michigan from 1975 to 1977. In 1977, Keith was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to take a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which was vacated by Judge Wade H. McCree. He was confirmed by the Senate on October 20, 1977, and received his commission on October 21, 1977. Up until his death, Keith was still active as a senior judge. Keith is survived by daughters Cecile Keith Brown, Debbie Keith and Gilda Keith, and granddaughters Nia Keith Brown and Camara Keith Brown. His wife, Dr. Rachel Boone Keith, preceded him in death in 2007. Cecile spoke on behalf of the family at the funeral. “We were not allowed to use the word hate at home,” she said. “Dad would say, ‘Hate is too powerful and destructive. You can dislike someone, but you’d better have a good reason.’ So, to dad, with boundless gratitude, we thank God for each of your 96 years of life.”
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Detroit’s Children, Our Hope, Our Future
By Camarrah Morgan In 2017, the Detroit City Council proclaimed that a day in April be celebrated annually as the city’s Day of the Young Child. Celebrated April 27, the annual date kicks off a multi-faceted, community-developed initiative to ensure that every child in Detroit grows up healthy and happy through comprehensive early childhood programs, systems and policies. Community parents decided that the 2019 Day of the Young Child theme would be “Detroit’s Children, the World’s Future.” This theme focuses on ensuring that ALL of our children are prepared for school and life in ways that exceed basic proficiency levels. It’s about Detroit’s vibrancy being Camarrah Morgan achieved when ALL Hope Starts Here, families can work, Co-Coordinator and all children have access to the highest quality educational opportunities and wholistic child development resources, from birth on. Parents and business and community partners of HOPE Starts Here are working together to help every family in Detroit understand the importance of early childhood development. We also aim to help every household access the tools they need to support and encourage their children at home. Parents, caregivers and non-profit leaders worked together to organize more than 50 events across the city throughout April and May to celebrate, support, encourage and educate children. The community campaign also encourages families be a Champions for Children by becoming a Hope Starts Here Household in which families commit to doing “6-a-Days” every day with their children: Hug, Encourage, Read to, Speak to, Play with and Sing to their children.
Principal Nat King with students Jaylin Virden, Kenishia Bates, and Aria Washington (L-R) after catching up with them and going over their progress. PHOTO: Kory Woods
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Covenant House Academy Promotes Reading Through Hope Starts Here By Laydell Harper Neighbors Staff Writer
The leaders at Covenant House Academy East and Hope Starts Here are working together on a mission that is dear to both of them: promoting reading. Covenant House Academy East, located at 7600 Goethe, is an alternative school nestled in what was once a densely populated residential neighborhood on Detroit’s east side. Housed in a neatly kept single-story brick building the school has more than 160
students between the ages of 16 and 21 years old, most of them single parents. The power and promise of reading goes deep into the history of principal Nathaniel King. By looking at the towering 6-feet, 5-inch tall King, you’d think basketball was his passion. Rather, he has a generations-deep passion for reading. “When I was growing up, I would watch my dad on Sundays get the big thick Sunday newspaper and sit back and read the whole paper,” said King who now encourages students to read.
about various ways to get his students to read, and he’s always searching for more ideas. Working with Hope Starts Here, the efforts are paying off. “When we started the Hope Starts Here program only 9% of our students were reading at their grade level, now it has increased to 14% of students are reading at their grade level,” said Carrecia Watkin, Hope Starts Here coordinator at the school. Other educators at the school have noticed improvements too.
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The campaign includes community-designed inspirational products such as youth t-shirts, backpacks and other materials with inspiring phrases such as “I am the World’s Future”. We want all children to understand their value. Families that enroll in Hope Starts Here will receive yard signs, car magnets and/or window decals to tell the world they support early childhood education. Celebrating, encouraging and educating Detroit’s children, from birth on, paves a way for success, not only for their future, but for the city’s future. Current statistics can be discouraging. Some research shows that only 14% of the city’s children read at grade level; almost half of the city’s children don’t have access to quality early childhood education—despite data showing that 80% of a child’s brain develops by age 3, early-year programs are underfunded. But those dire statistics don’t have to remain our reality, thanks to Hope Starts Here which began in 2017 with a $50 million combined commitment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Kresge Foundation. Hope Starts Here takes a community-wide, home-based approach to celebrating children. Camarrah Morgan is a Hope Starts Here Imperative No.2 Co-Coordinator. For more info and to learn how you can participate, visit the website at http:// hopestartsheredetroit.org. Social Media Links/and Ways to Post Your Events: FACEBOOK: @HSHDayYoungChildDetroit INSTAGRAM: @HSHDayYoungChildDetroit HASHTAG: #HOPEBUILDS and #HSHDYOC2019
Theresa Mitchell and Fred Moore, Eastwood Street residents. - Photo by James W. Ribbron
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Myra Simon began reading to her 3-year-old son, Dahvion, before he was born.
About 100 children and adults gathered for an Eastwood Block Party that served up fun, food and information. The April 27 event not only kicked off the block club, it marked a celebration of the neighborhood’s children.
She and her husband, Danny, were determined their child would not be one among the statistics showing Detroit children read well below grade level.
And it’s one of the ways a citywide initiative is promoting the health and wellness of Detroit’s children by driving home the name and mission of the organization: Hope Starts Here.
And this week she’ll join hundreds of other parents and children at a Reading at the Rodeo fun fair, presented by the 4-H Club’s Ready, Set, Grow! Youth Program.
She even made her baby shower a book shower.
The Eastwood Block Club Party was organized by Hope Starts Here volunteer Theresa Mitchell, who has lived on the block since 2010. She wanted to do something for the children of the community.
It’s one of 50 programs citywide aimed at promoting literacy through the citywide initiative called Hope Starts Here.
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Among the goals of Hope Starts Here is improving the reading levels of Detroit’s children, from birth to age eight.
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Eastwood Block Party From page B-1 “Hope Starts Here: Day of the Young Child was the opportunity for us to organize our Eastwood Block Club, from Kelly to Morang,” said Mitchell, 37, mother of Ethan, 5, and Eva, 3. “ When I moved here nine years ago there were three little kids and five older kids on the block. Since then, we have over 30 children under the age of 8.” “The importance of a block club is to bring the neighbor back into hood and rebuilding the village,” said Mitchell, who works for the parent empowerment group, Detroit Parent Network. “ When we get out of our homes and meet and greet each other and show love for our neighbors we can begin to rebuild that village.” The block party, which lasted from noon to 4 p.m., featured informational vendors, face painting for children, bounce houses, games, music and dancing. Each child received a Hope Starts Here motivational t-shirt, free book bags and books.
Promoting literacy is a major part of Hope Starts Here’s 2019 focus. Kenneth Chapman, Jr., 8, who was there with his dad, Kenneth, Sr. especially enjoyed the face-painting. “I’m Batman, and I’ll be running around here eating hot dogs and having fun,” Kenneth, Jr., said. In addition to the party, Mitchell and other Hope Starts Here volunteers make door-todoor visits to encourage families to become Hope Starts Here households—meaning they commit to encouraging reading and positive thinking and activities in their homes. Mitchell organized the block party to support Hope Starts Here. “HSH means to me, we are the champions for children 0-8 years old,” she said. “There is a state law that requires kids to be held back if they don’t pass the 3rd grade (MEAP) reading test, so it’s important to me that we be champions for our children earlier than 3rd grade.”
Kory Hall, of 1CampaignMi2020; Theresa Mitchell, Eastwood Block Party Organizer; Tiffany Tilley, Michigan State Board of Education; and Sandra Turner-Handy, 9th Precinct Community Relations Council President. - Photo by James W. Ribbron Fred Moore, one of the first African Americans to buy a home on Eastwood in 1989, was among the neighbors supporting the event. “Neighborhood is important because we need the village
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“I have noticed that the appropriate level of reading material is giving the students a lot of confidence they have never enjoyed,” said Lorrie Atkinson, a Covenant House Academy reading teacher. “Students have started borrowing books, especially the Tupac Poetry Book.”
Save the Date, July 20, and be on the lookout for notices of activities focused on Impact Detroit Day: Communities Committed to Service and Learning. Impact Detroit focuses on various initiatives to improve life for Detroiters.
Traivon Campbell, 18 year old father and student at Covenant House Academy, reads to his daughter, Naomi.
Carrecia Watkins said Hope Starts Here has helped students expand their vocabulary and their reading. “We started Hope Starts Here at Covenant House three years ago to help encourage parents to read more to their children. Many of the students are also parents,” Watkins said. “Lots of parents got books last year to read to their kids. We follow-up with the parents and encourage them to read,
Dinetta King, who has lived on Eastwood for 13 years ,also praised the event.
“It’s important to get to know your neighbors,” she said. “HSH gives us the opportunity to do that and a reason to talk, speak and meet our neighbors and talk about children. This helps bring us together.”
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“ I like reading to my daughter, for the fact that she always try to look through a book and bring it to me,” he said. “Another reason is for the fact that it’s a thing I think every parent should do.”
to raise children and this was an area where I felt the village could be created for my children,” Moore said.
Principal Nat King is also pictured with Hope Starts Here Manager Ms. Watkins. PHOTO: Kory Woods talk, and sing to their children every day,” Watkins said. “Our outreach team meets with the parents once a month. It has grown from 20 people to over 100 people.” King said he employs various strategies to encourage reading. “On Mondays I randomly ask the students, what did you read this weekend? Some will say a cereal box, the mail, a label; I just want them to read something every day. “The more they read, the more they’ll want to
read.,” he said. He knows that from first-hand experience. His face lights up when he talks about the Detective magazines and comic books he read growing up.
This year’s theme will focus on supporting parents and caregivers, our children’s first teachers and champions. Impact Detroit will provide parents and caregivers with tools, and knowledge to help support the early development of children, and information on how to advocate for their children from conception throughout their lives. Engaging parents and caregivers around important issues concerning early childhood education and exposing them to the tools needed to advocate for public policy change will inspire new solutions for the creation of greater opportunities for success. For more info, visit: http://impact-detroit.org/
“I’d start reading and couldn’t put the magazine or book down until I finished. That’s why I ask the kids, what they’re interested in. If it’s rap, I get them a rap magazine. Whatever it is I get the book or magazine to keep them interested in reading.”
DahVion Simon is reading one his many books to his Mom and Grandma. Right here, he is reading “The Jungle Book” – PHOTO: Kory Woods
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Program leaders contend that improving the future of children helps improve the future of Detroit. “Literacy programs for children as early as age five or even younger are ideal. Young children watch what we do, so if we show them books and read to them, it will be easier for them to catch on as they grow,” said Carla Thomas, who directs the 4-H Club’s Ready Set Grow! Youth program. Simon said she believes reading early on to her child helped his development. She said she could feel him reacting to the Bible passages as she read to him in vitro. Once he was born, they surrounded him with books, flashcards and other reading materials. Friends told her that Dahvion’s attention to books and ability to recognize shapes and words showed that he was advanced. “He wants to sit down with books and was also learning from YouTube videos but I want him to have hands-on activities as well,” she said. She began taking him to the reading room the St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center, located at 19321 Chicago on the city’s west side.
And she plans to make her home a Hope Starts Here household—part of a citywide campaign that pushes early learning and encouragement in families throughout Detroit. “I want my son to be a part of the things here in Detroit – to grow up here and then raise his own family here,” she said. Simon plans to take her son, and five of her friends with children his age, to the Community Center’s Reading at the Rodeo event being organized by Thomas. The family-friendly event will be held in the teaching garden and will feature a cowboy and a storyteller to demonstrate to children the process of visualizing stories and bringing them alive. “We want to take empty lots all around the city and create spaces where children can visualize stories,” Thomas said. “We have all these ‘Little Libraries,’ so we need programming and activities to support reading. We want children to tell us about the books they are reading.” To learn more about Ready Set Grow! visit its website at https://www.literaryworksdetroit.org/ Ready Set Grow! 4-H Club Carla Thomas 313-578-1095 firstname.lastname@example.org St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center 19321 W. Chicago Detroit, MI 48228
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Quote: “The highest human act is to inspire” – Nipsey Hussle. Statement: My name is Terrell Pierre McDowell and I am a senior at River Rouge High School. I will attend Baldwin Wallace University, located in Berea Ohio - right outside of Cleveland. I will major in Computer Information Systems and I will play Football. My goals include learning everything there is to learn in about technology and sharing it with others. There is a technological revolution amongst us, and I feel that the people in my community are not aware of the many opportunities that exist in the world of IT (information technology). I would like to start a non-profit organization that will put Digital Learning Centers in school districts where the field is less likely to be pursued. My goal is to motivate people to get involved with technology beyond social media. I want to inspire people to dream beyond what they see every day. Thank you to The Michigan Chronicle and Chemical Bank for helping to remove the financial barriers that prevent kids like me from pursuing their dreams.
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Statement: As a graduate of an outstanding Jesuit institution, I strive to be “A Man for Others in Pursuit of Social Justice and Human Rights”. I was selected as one of the three justices on the Student Senate Judiciary. I serve as the Treasurer for Diversity Union and helped to spearhead the first ever national Diversity Conference amongst U.S. Jesuit high schools. I am a page editor and writer for the CubNews, creating my own column highlighting service work students provide outside of school. I plan to espouse my passion for mathematics by pursuing Actuarial Science at Towson University Honors College.
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Esther Gordy Edwards: the late creator of Motown Museum to be lauded on Founder’s Day, May 19 Part 1
As more and more people toured the W. Grand Blvd. site, Gordy Edwards told her younger brother Berry about what was transpiring. She felt establishing a Motown Museum would be ideal to capture and preserve the company’s history.
By Donald James Special to the Chronicle
In 1972, when Detroit-based Motown Records made its cross country move to Los Angeles, California, many Detroiters feared the heart, soul and core identity of the Motor City would be lost forever amid the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. After all, Motown Records was founded in 1959 in Detroit by Berry Gordy, after securing an $800 loan from the Gordy family savings club. And during its first thirteen years of existence, Detroit was ground zero for musically authoring the “Sound of Young America,” under the visionary leadership of Gordy. In essence, Motown Records was Detroit’s “pride and joy.” While the majority of Motown artists, executives, producers, musicians and other essential personnel headed to La La Land in ’72, one key top executive stayed behind: Esther Gordy Edwards. Gordy Edwards wanted to remain in Detroit to run the record company’s local office, while serving as the label’s director of public affairs. Yet, at the time, even Gordy Edwards didn’t know what she was creating by the decision to stay in her beloved Detroit. In 1985, thirteen years after Motown’s departure to Los Angeles, Gordy Edwards opened the Motown Museum on the hallowed grounds of the company’s original Detroit site, located at 2648 W. Grand Boulevard. On Sunday, May 19, from 12- 5:00 p.m., the late Esther Gordy Edwards’ contributions to establishing, opening and operating the Motown Museum will be celebrated as a part of Founder’s Day. “Founder’s Day is about lifting up and celebrating the legacy of Esther Gordy Edwards,” said Robin Terry, chairwoman, CEO of Motown Museum, granddaughter of Gordy Edwards, and great niece of Berry Gordy. “Founder’s Day is also a day that’s devoted to com-
Berry Gordy saw and understood his sister’s vision, giving her free-reign to go forth with the museum. In 1985 Motown Museum, under the direction of Gordy Edwards, opened to the public. In 1987, it was designated a historic site by the state of Michigan.
Robin Terry, chairwoman, CEO of Motown Museum with grandmother Esther Gordy Edwards munity, and inviting it to come be a part of the history of the Motown Museum that my grandmother spent so much of her life building and protecting.” Terry adds that Founder’s Day is a free experience, where the public can tour the museum and enjoy live musical performances, dancing, face painting, health screenings and other fun activities for children, teens and adults in front the Motown properties, commonly known as the Motown Campus. Food will be available for purchase. Terry said her grandmother, who would have been ninety-nine years old on April 25, would’ve been pleased that the community she greatly loved is celebrating her and the museum on May 19. Gordy Edwards passed August 24, 2011.
“My grandmother was a just a ‘diehard’ Detroiter,” Terry said. “And even though the company and much of her family made Los Angeles their new
We don’t see it as caring for our community We see it as caring for our family
home in 1972, Detroit was always her home; she never left.” The museum began to take shape shortly after Motown’s exodus to L.A. From the quiet Motown office, devoid of the music that once filled every inch of the facility, Gordy Edwards, who Terry called a serious collector of things generic to Motown, began putting things on walls or out for display. Gordy Edwards also began showing visitors, many of which international, the famed Studio A, where hundreds of Motown hits were recorded by the likes of Stevie Wonder, “Smokey Robinson and The Miracle,” “The Supremes,” “The Temptations,” “Four Tops,” Mary Well, and Marvin Gaye, just to name a few. She knew exactly what to keep for display after serving almost three decades as a top-level executive at Motown.
Today, Motown Museum attracts upwards to 100,000 visitors annually. Since its inception thirty-four years ago, millions of national and international visitors have visited the museum. Motown Museum, which is in massive expansion mode according to Terry, is committed to carrying on the vision of Esther Gordy Edwards, which is to preserve, protect and present the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences. “The Museum has become the jewel in the Motown story, as we are celebrating Motown’s 60th anniversary,” Terry said. “People are reminded just how special this legacy is, and what it means to the world and many cultures.” Asked what would have happened to the legacy of Motown Records if her grandmother had followed Motown and family to Los Angeles in 1972, leaving the company’s original headquarters in Detroit vacant? “This would have been history that we wouldn’t have been able to reflect on as easily, and a story that would have been more challenging to tell without tangible evidence that it ever happened,” Terry said. “I think it’s a fair conclusion that perhaps there wouldn’t have ever been a Motown Museum.” Part 2 will be published in the Michigan Chronicle on Wednesday, May 15. For more information on Motown Museum, visit http://www.motownmuseum.org.
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Damon J. Keith: The Colt of Detroit Northwestern High School By Branden Hunter As I walked through the red double doors to enter the rear of Detroit Northwestern High School, I noticed the walls were filled with old class group photos showcasing the school’s rich tradition. Many greats have walked the halls of Northwestern, including former Detroit Tigers slugger Willie Horton, Temptations members Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams, Motown singer Mary Wells and so many others. The most prestigious of them all is arguably federal judge and civil rights icon Damon J. Keith, who passed away Sunday morning at the age of 96. Keith donned the scarlet and gray colors of Northwestern throughout his high school career until graduating in June of 1939. Upon his death, little was documented about his high school years, but one visit to the Northwestern alumni association’s office revealed it all. “He was a popular guy here during his time at Northwestern,” said Joseph J. Barber, chairman of the Northwestern alumni association. “He was in athletics, he took up the arts here, and he was a very good student academically.” Keith was quite the athlete for the Colts of Northwestern. Barber and his staff sifted through decades of “Norwester” yearbooks to showcase the 1938 and 1939 editions where Keith appears. Often, Keith was the only Black student pictured in the clubs he participated in since Detroit and its schools were predominately white at the time. In 1938, Keith was a high school junior and was pictured with his track and field teammates. He earned three letters running for the Colts. As a senior in 1939, he continued to run track, earning himself a spot on the “N” Club, which was a symbol of high athletic achievement. Keith was also a member of the band and concert orchestra. The alumni association also had dozens
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of photos and newspaper clippings documenting Keith’s life and a video playing of his achievements over the last 60 years. “Judge Keith was larger than life, and he left a large legacy for all Northwestern alumni,” said Barber who graduated from Northwestern in 1966. “We have a lot of prominent alumni and he was one of our better members. He wasn’t always in the public limelight and just did his job every day. If there was such a ranking of Northwestern alumni, he’d for sure be in the top ten.”
was very proud of his high school, even in church.” The Northwestern High School Alumni Association said they have not had a lot of traffic through its office from outsiders since Keith’s passing, but a number of students have passed through to learn more about their fellow Colt. Barber said as they get up in age, they hope the younger generation will continue being the record-keepers of their high school.
Barber and his wife, Jackie, attended the same church as Keith: Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, which sits just to the right of Northwestern on the corner of West Grand Boulevard and Dexter. The current location of the church, built in 2001, is where Northwestern’s first building was erected in 1911. Its current building opened in 1980.
“It’s very important for us to be here in the school,” said James Evans, a 1988 graduate of Northwestern and volunteer in the alumni office. “The kids need to know their history and the names of the prominent people that have walked through the same halls as them. They need to know whose shoulders they are standing on and what they can accomplish as well.”
“He would often get up in church and say that the church sat on sacred ground,” said Barber, who also graduated in 1966. “He was talking about Northwestern High School. He
This story is a corrected reprint from the special commemorative tabloid honoring Judge Damon J. Keith.
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Celebrate the Detroit premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass with The Carr Center Featuring the Gathering Orchestra, a 70 member choir and four-time Grammy winner Karen Clark Sheard 11 years after its original composition, The Carr Center and Tabernacle Missionary Baptist church presents the Detroit premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ sweeping masterpiece, The Abyssinian Mass. The event, titled “The Abyssinian Mass: A Gospel Celebration,” is a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity for Detroit audiences to experience this sprawling, soulful triumph originally commissioned by Harlem’s legendary Abyssinian Baptist Church and written for big band and 70-voice gospel choir. The performance will take place on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church (2080 W Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208). “The piece itself is significant artistically, but because of the forces it takes to do it, it is not done regularly,” said Oliver Ragsdale Jr., President of The Carr Center. “We have the ability to do a piece like this. It’s a mobilizing piece for the
community because it hasn’t been done in Detroit before. It hasn’t been done in Michigan before.” Four-time Grammy winner and Detroit’s treasured gospel soloist, Karen Clark Sheard, will be a guest artist for the event alongside the Gathering Orchestra conducted by Rodney Whitaker, Carr Center Resident Artist in Jazz and Head of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. Whitaker was a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under Marsalis’ leadership for a number of years, and he continues to work hand-in-hand with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Carr Center Artist-in-Residence Damien Sneed will lead a mighty, multigenerational choir of more than 70 performers from churches within the Detroit community. “[Sneed] was the original choral conductor of the piece when it premiered in 2008, so, in essence, we’re getting the person who knows the piece the best besides Wynton,” Ragsdale said. This presentation of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass continues The Carr
Center’s efforts to present sacred music out of the jazz idiom, following last year’s exceptional presentation of “Duke Ellington: A Concert of Sacred Music.” “The principal fact of The Abyssinian Mass – the feeling that we want you to come away with – is to be uplifted through the way that we all come together,” Marsalis has said of the piece. That’s why it is especially momentous that The Carr Center has partnered with Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church to present The Abyssinian Mass as it was meant to be experienced. “I think it’s significant when any work written by an African American composer has an opportunity to be presented in what I like to call ‘content in context,’” said Ragsdale. “In other words, this piece is written as a church piece, as a mass, and we are presenting it in that context at Tabernacle.” Tickets for The Carr Center’s “The Abyssinian Mass: A Gospel Celebration” are $30 for General Admission and $15 for Students and Seniors. To purchase tickets, visit thecarrcenter.org. #AbyMassDET
REMIX – REVIVAL 2019 will feature Pastor Omar L. Dykes of Greenwood CME in Memphis, TN. This dynamic young man has a special anointing and is sure to bring a word from the Lord. Pastor Twana A. Harris is the host pastor and invites the community to this special 3-night revival 7 p.m. – May 15-17 at Carter Metropolitan CME Church where you are welcome and sure to be “Remixed, Remastered and Restored.” Pastor Harris invites the community to revival at Carter Metropolitan CME Church, 1510 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI. Call (313) 895-6744 for more information.
Scholar, Economist, Author, and Commentator keynotes Plymouth United Church Of Christ Centennial Service Plymouth United Church of Christ (UCC), in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown, opened May 4, 1919 with nine former Alabama Congregationalists. Today, under leadership of Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III, the church celebrates 100 years of ministry throughout Metro Detroit. In honor of its centennial, a spectacular Sunday celebration will include keynote Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D., economist, author, commentator, and president emerita, Bennett College for Women — one of two women’s historically black colleges and universities. Plymouth’s centennial service themed, Great is Thy Faithfulness…100 Years and Beyond, takes place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 600 East Warren in Detroit. In lieu of the church’s regular two services at 8:30 and 11 a.m., only one service will be held that day.
the Progressive and many to two deserving recipients. more. She is a committed The celebration will also activist and civic leader include performances by who currently serves on the Windsor-Detroit Dance numerous boards including Company, Plymouth UCC Economic Policy Institute; mass choir, and more. The Recreation Wish List Since its humble beginCommittee of Washington, nings, music has played DC; and the Liberian Eda pivotal role at Plymouth ucation Trust. She is also UCC. Today, the church has president of PUSH Excel, six choirs who sing tradithe educational branch of tional and contemporary the Rainbow PUSH Coaligospel music. Each are tyption, and is a member of ically accompanied by pipe Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and/or Hammond organ, Julianne Malveaux Inc. She earned her Ph.D. piano, drums, bass and guiin economics from MIT, and holds hon- tar. Occasionally, chamber musicians orary degrees from Benedict College, accompany the church’s longest perSojourner-Douglas College, and the Uni- forming choir, The Renaissance Choir, versity of the District of Columbia. who sing spirituals, anthems and canta-
Dr. Malveaux is widely recognized from appearances on national network programs on ABC, BET, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC, Fox News and others. Her popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine,
In addition to its robust music ministry, Plymouth leads a variety of progressive missions impacting the lives of families and children, particularly in underserved communities near Mid-
In addition to the keynote address, highlights include a special presentation from Mrs. Doris Chenault Hood, widow of Rev. Dr. Nicolas Hood Sr., beloved former pastor emeritus, Plymouth UCC, civic leader and Detroit City Councilman. Mrs. Hood will present the first ever award named in Hood Sr.’s honor
tas. Nearly every Sunday, Rev. Hood III plays his harmonica.
town. Notable missions include the annual summer camp for children in Oscada, MI; a scholarship program, averaging $2,000 to each church member applicant graduating high school who is accepted to a college or university or is currently enrolled; the Annual Black & Ivory College Tour, which exposes students to historically black colleges and universities as well as ivy league institutions; and more. Under Hood III’s leadership, the church has remained an active Detroit participant. Whether hosting political candidates to help create a more informed citizenry or serving has host site for vote casting or voter registration, Plymouth UCC’s mission work will remain relevant and representative of its legacy leadership; most notably that of Civil rights activist and former Detroit City Council member Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood Sr. For more information about Plymouth United Church of Christ, Sunday services or its centennial celebration, visit http://www.puccdetroit.org/.
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Kelli Coleman & Anika Jackson – The TEN Nail Bar By AJ Williams – City.Life.Style.
etroit’s first modern nail bar, The TEN Nail Bar, will be expanding to its second location May 2019 in the historic New Center neighborhood. The TEN Nail Bar is an elevated nail care experience curated to provide stellar customer service and workmanship catered for all guests. The TEN won the hearts of Detroit residents and workers when it became the first full-service nail salon to open downtown in 2016. Ahead of their upcoming grand opening, Owners Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson chopped it up with City.Life.Style. about all things Nails, Expansion, Women Partnerships and Black Girl Magic: City.Life.Style: How did your concept for the TEN Nail Bar develop? Kelli Coleman & Anika Jackson: We both wanted to contribute to the redevelopment of our beloved city. While living in other major metros (Kelli in NYC and Anika in Chicago) we discussed several different businesses that we could potentially pursue together. We noticed that while downtown Detroit was building new residential, attracting companies back to the area, and investing in dining/entertainment - there was a lack of personal services. After many years living in thriving urban centers, we both know how important personal services and amenities are for a well-rounded living experience. After further deliberation on numbers, scalability, and overall need, we decided on an elevated nail care destination. CLS: Many think it’s difficult for women to be partners, how do you maintain a healthy business partnership?
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8 Simple Ways To Avoid Feeling Burnt Out By AJ Williams – City.Life.Style. Editor In today’s life, we never really get a chance to switch off and recharge ourselves with all the distractions around us. But if we don’t relax every now and then, we run the risk of feeling increasingly more tired, stressed, and irritated. But don’t worry – there are plenty of simple ways to reduce the risk of becoming burnt out that can fit into anyone’s lifestyle, regardless of how busy they may be. As a Life Coach Carole Ann Rice knows how quickly everyday life can cause grief. Today, she’s sharing her 8 simple ways you can avoid feeling burnt out.
1. Screen free hours – put your phone down and get back in touch with reality. Human interaction isn’t that bad (surprise!) and it will give your eyes a rest. 2. Eat a good breakfast – it sounds cliché, but it’s the most important meal of the day and will help you to stay focused and fresh, as well as ensuring you get all the minerals and vitamins you need. 3. Mono-task – doing a thousand things at once can really leave your brain feeling frazzled. The best way to overcome this is to focus on one job or task and do it amazingly well! It will give you joy from knowing you are doing the best you can do. 4. Read a book – whether it’s in the garden or on the
tube, reading a book will help you escape from everyday life. As well as improving your concentration and vocabulary, you’ll also be reducing stress! 5. Take proper lunch break – don’t eat lunch at your desk! You’re at work most of the day, so take at least 30 minutes to enjoy your lunch somewhere else or get some fresh air to help break up the day! You’d be surprised how stepping away from the office can distance you away from stresses – both literally and mentally. 6. Download Headspace – this free app provides quick 10-minute meditations. This is something you can do on your lunch break or during a stressful, busy day. You’ll be able to work much better afterwards! 7. Walk in nature – use walks as a chance to get some fresh air, clear your head, and reflect, but also to let go. If you want to make it even more enjoyable, add some slow, relaxing music. 8. Be unavailable – being at the beckon call 24/7 is horrible for your anxiety levels. Try to be unavailable now and then from phone calls, emails, texts and even the doorbell – everything. Give yourself a chance to recharge without being disturbed and to not feel the pressures of the world
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Coleman & Jackson: We work very closely together on The TEN and have a shared vision for its future, as well as shared values. While we have a lot in common we also have very complementary skill sets and respect one another strengths, practice deference when necessary, as well as practice very direct communication. Above all, we have genuine respect and trust in one another. Like any other relationship - business or otherwise- we are committed to having integrity and the best interest of the whole before any individual. CLS: What sets you apart and makes you stand out in the beauty service industry? Coleman & Jackson: The TEN is committed to the customer experience and an elevated level of service, comfort, and community without sacrificing the convenience. We believe that quality workmanship is not enough. While we are committed to excellent work product, we are also committed to the importance of providing a haven for self-care. Additionally, we are about building sustainable careers for women, overall economic development, as well as equipping our business with tech-enabled features that offer added convenience for customers and employees. CLS: How to balance your personal, family life with the demand of your business?
Coleman & Jackson: There will always be times in life when some area of responsibility is receiving more attention than another. That is the reality. There is no proverbial ‘balance.’ Therefore it is important to manage time as best as we can, make sure that we are remaining fulfilled and prayed up :) to be able to pour into our loved ones and our businesses as we need to. We don’t just promote self-care, we genuinely practice it. CLS: What can customers expect at your second location? Any new services or perks?
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Coleman & Jackson: The TEN II will be double the size at 2,500 square feet and serve as the first full-service nail salon to open in New Center. The New Center location will be offering the same experience “they know and love” — including complimentary wine and Champagne and chick flicks — “with some awesome enhancements.” For instance, The TEN II will offer full body waxing services as well as areas for hosting parties. CLS: How do you describe Black Girl Magic? Coleman & Jackson: The embodiment of beauty, power and resilience. We hold a pure dopeness that every black woman exudes, which beholds not only her internal and external beauty and grace. The New Center location will be officially open Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 10:00am located at 6541 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI. Booking can be made on their website at www.thetennailbar.com.
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Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available at the school for enrollment and re-enrollment from May 20 through May 31, 2019. An Answering machine is available for messages.
Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available at the school for enrollment and re-enrollment from May 20 through May 31, 2019. An Answering machine is available for messages.
Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available at the school for enrollment and re-enrollment from May 20 through May 31, 2019. An Answering machine is available for messages.
Applications will be accepted for grades 9-12, serving students ages 16-22. Should applications exceed available space, a random selection drawing will be held on June 3, 2019 at the school.
Applications will be accepted for grades 9-12, serving students ages 16-22. Should applications exceed available space, a random selection drawing will be held on June 3, 2019 at the school.
Applications will be accepted for grades 9-12, serving students ages 16-22. Should applications exceed available space, a random selection drawing will be held on June 3, 2019 at the school.
Lorenzo Julius Shelton was born Monday, January 29, 1934 in Detroit, MI to the late Reverend Alexander Alfred and Harriett Ophilena Shelton. He was one of eight children. Lorenzo, known to his family affectionately as “Lo”, was raised in Detroit, MI.
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The River Rouge Housing Commission request bid proposals for the services listed below for its 300 Public Housing dwelling units, Hyacinth Court II Community Center and its Main Office. Bid packets will be available on our website: www.riverrougehousing. com in the RFP section on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Rouge, MI 48218 The Pre-Bid meetings will be held at 460 ½ Hyacinth Court., River Rouge, MI. 48218. Sealed bids will be received for the list below by the River Rouge Housing Commission until 2:00 pm on Friday, June 14, 2019 and will be opened. Bids received after 2:00 pm on June 14, 2019 will be rejected and returned unopened to the bidder. For more information contact River Rouge Housing Commission Monday-Friday during normal business hours from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at 313-382-1414. INVITATION TO BIDDERS – PRE – BID MEETING SCHEDULE 1. General Labor Services 2. Janitorial Services 3. Lawn Services 4. Pest Control 5. Snow Removal 6. Plumbing Services 7. Heating & Cooling 8. Comprehensive Maintenance
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FOR THE BIDS TO BE ACCEPTABLE ALL BIDS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: 1. Non-Collusive Affidavit (On bidders Letterhead) 2. Representations, Certification and Other Statements of bidders (HUD Form 3569-A completed by bidder) 3. Contractor’s Qualification Statement (AIA Documents A305 completed by bidder) 4. Certification of Non Segregated Facilities (completed by bidder) 5. Section 3 Form
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Lorenzo served in the distinguished 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army until 1958. In Detroit, he served as a 1st Class Stationary Engineer for over 45 years. He passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Southfield after a short illness. His memories will be cherished by family and a multitude of friends. Lorenzo’s Memorial Service will be held 11am on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Detroit, MI
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CITY OF HIGHLAND PARK, WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN INSPECTION SERVICES FOR BUSINESS LICENSES, RENTALS, VACANT STRUCTURES, VACANT LOTS, CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY AND SAFETY AS WELL AS PLANNING SERVICES The City of Highland Park is accepting proposals from qualified professional Contractors to provide inspection services for business licenses, rentals, vacant structures, vacant lots, certificates of occupancy, and safety as well as planning services for the City of Highland Park, Michigan. Sealed Bids must be received by 4:00 p.m. Local Time on Monday, June 10, 2019 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 17, 2019 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. The successful bidder may 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 90 calendar days after the date of bid opening. Copies of the RFP are available on BidNet or by e-mailing to: email@example.com 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 Monday, June 10, 2019. City of Highland Park Brenda Green, City Clerk MIKE DUGGAN MAYOR, CITY OF DETROIT
ADVERTISEMENT REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR THE EIGHTH POLICE PRECINCT ANNEX RENOVATIONS 21533 WEST McNICHOLS ROAD DETROIT, MI 48219 FOR THE CITY OF DETROIT DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT (DBA #72-0013/CPO #2915543/SPO #2917464) Written responses are requested from interested respondents (“Respondents”) to this request for qualifications and proposals. The purpose of this request is to procure construction services to coordinate and manage on behalf of the City of Detroit Building Authority (the “DBA”) the construction, and post construction start-up/commissioning of the adaptive re-use, renovations, and improvements, to the Eighth Police Precinct Annex, located at 21533 West McNichols Road, Detroit, Michigan, 48219, as more fully described in this Request for Qualification/Proposals (RFQ/P). Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the RFQ/P and all associated documents at BidSync (www.bidsync.com). The unique request is titled “8th Police Precinct Annex Renovations” and will be posted the week of May 6, 2019. A mandatory pre-submittal meeting and site tour will take place at the Eighth Police Precinct Annex, 21533 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48219, beginning at 1:00 P.M., Detroit time, on Monday, May 20, 2019. The DBA will receive the responses, as herein set forth, via the online procurement platform BidSync. Bid Proposals shall be submitted not later than 3:00 PM Detroit time, on Friday, May 31, 2019. The Respondent may only submit one response to this Request for Qualifications/Proposals. Participation in more than one submittal team will result in rejection of all responses by that Respondent. Respondents submitting qualifications may be required to make an oral presentation(s) to designated City representatives. The issuing office, if required, will schedule such oral presentation(s). The Respondent must pay any travel costs incurred for such presentation in addition to any and all cost incurred in the preparation and submittal of any proposal. The Respondent must agree to comply with the requirements of the City of Detroit’s Ordinances and Civil Rights, Inclusions and Opportunity Department.
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS General Contractor: O’Brien Construction Company, Inc. Project: Marwood Development WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING SECTION 3, WBE/MBE, CONTRACTORS, SUPPLIERS AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR INCLUSION IN THIS PROJECT. Project Description: The Marwood Development project consists of three buildings located 53 Marston Street in Detroit, MI. • The Marwood Apartments is the historic renovation of a 5-story, 45,007 SF building consisting of 59 total units. This portion of the project is subject to commercial prevailing wage rates • Marwood Row and Marwood East are 2 two-story new construction buildings, both buildings are subject to residential prevailing wage rates. This project is subject to Federal Prevailing Wages and Section 3 Requirements. For details please e-mail Catherine Faircloth at firstname.lastname@example.org Bids will be due by 2:00PM on Wednesday, May 29th. MIKE DUGGAN MAYOR, CITY OF DETROIT ADVERTISEMENT REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS/PROPOSALS FOR ARCHITECTURAL/ENGINEERING FOR THE NEW COOLIDGE MAINTENANCE FACILITY AND COMPREHENSIVE FEASIBILITY STUDY DETROIT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 14044 SCHAEFER HIGHWAY DETROIT, MI 48227 FOR THE DETROIT BUILDING AUTHORITY Written responses are requested from interested respondents (“Respondents”) to this request for qualifications and proposals. The purpose of this request is to procure Architectural and Engineering Services from interested professional firms on behalf of the City of Detroit Building Authority (the “DBA”), for the new Coolidge Maintenance Facility and Comprehensive Feasibility Study. The Coolidge Facility is located at 14044 Schaefer Highway, Detroit, MI 48227, as more fully described in this Request for Qualification/ Proposals (RFQ/P). Interested vendors may obtain a copy of the Request and all associated documents via the online procurement platform Bidsync (www.bidsync.com). The unique bid identifier is “DBA #88-0003”. The bid title is “A/E Services-Coolidge Maintenance Facility, Detroit, MI.” A pre-submittal meeting and site tour will begin at the Coolidge Facility at 14044 Schaefer Highway, Detroit, MI at 10:30 A.M, Detroit time, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. This will be followed by a site tour of the Shoemaker Facility located at 5149 St Jean, Detroit, MI. Bid qualifications shall be submitted into BidSync (www.bidsync.com) not later than 2:00 P.M., Detroit time, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, and will subsequently be evaluated to establish a list of qualified vendors who may submit price proposals. The Respondent may only submit one response to this Request for Qualifications/Proposals. Participation in more than one submittal team will result in rejection of all responses by that Respondent. Respondents submitting qualifications may be required to make an oral presentation(s) to designated City representatives. The issuing office, if required, will schedule such oral presentation(s). The Respondent must pay any travel costs incurred for such presentations. The Respondent must agree to comply with the requirements of the City of Detroit’s Ordinances and Civil Rights, Inclusion & Opportunity Requirements. No response to this Request for Qualifications/Proposal may be withdrawn for at least 120 days after the actual opening of the qualifications/proposals. The DBA reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any qualifications/proposals, and to reject any or all qualifications/proposals, should it be deemed in its best interest. If additional information is needed regarding this RFQ, please contact Donna Rice of the DBA at (313) 224-0174. Detroit Building Authority 1301 Third Street, Suite 328 Detroit, MI 48226
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No response to this Request for Qualifications/Proposals may be withdrawn for at least 120 days after the actual opening of the qualifications/proposals. The DBA reserves the right to waive any irregularity in any qualifications/proposals, and to reject any or all qualifications/proposals, should it be deemed in its best interest. If additional information is needed regarding this RFQP, please contact Darryl Young of the DBA at (313) 224-0174. Darryl Young Project Manager Detroit Building Authority 1301 Third Street, Suite 328 Detroit, MI 48226
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Human Resources Vacancy United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan – Human Resources Vacancy Announcement at http://www.mied.uscourts.gov. EOE This position is located in Detroit, MI. HR Specialists are responsible for providing the full range HR services to the Clerk’s Office, Judges, Chambers staff, the Probation Department and the Pretrial Services Agency, with varying needs, priorities and cultures.
CITY OF EASTPOINTE $62,755 Plus Comprehensive Fringe Benefits Package Job description, minimum qualifications and instructions to apply for the position are posted on our website at cityofeastpointe.net. To receive veteran and/or education points, submit copies of Form DD214 and/or unofficial school transcripts with the application packet. Application packets should be directed to the City Manager’s Office and are accepted until Thursday, June 20, 2019. EEO Joseph M. Sobota, M.P.A. City Manager/City Clerk / Personnel Director
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PROGRAM MANAGER AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Engineering & Computer Science
This position provides strategic support for the recruitment and retention of STEM students from primarily but not exclusively community colleges particularly with challenged populations. Responsible for the design and implementation of services designed to improve student success, retention and graduation rates, and to meet deliverables to funding agencies. Minimum qualifications: Master’s Degree in Urban Education or equivalent combination of education and experience in STEM areas. Four years’ experience in an outreach capacity to the general public, community colleges and/or to K-12 students and educational partners, with 3 years of planning experience in that/those capacity(ies). Four years of staff management (interviews, hiring, supervision and dismissal) with some experience with budget management. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional qualifications and requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply May 17, 2019. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
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SUPERVISOR BUILDING MAINTENANCE AT OAKLAND UNIVERSITY Oakland Center
Performs responsible supervisory work involving the assignment and direct supervision of custodial employees in maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of buildings, offices, classrooms, furnishings and equipment as well as building entrances and exterior walkways. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Five years’ experience in building and custodial maintenance preferably in a university or residential/housing setting. One year supervisory or leadership experience. Ability to work flexible shifts and/or work overtime when needed. Requires a valid Michigan driver’s license acceptable to the University’s insurance carrier. This is a full time, clerical-technical position, working Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. Salary is $48,251.00 annually. First consideration will be given to those who apply by May 28, 2019. See online posting for additional position requirements. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
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Warren, MI, General Motors. Dvlp, execute &monitor test plans for qlty control &improve User Experience (UX) incldg Center Stack Module (CSM) embedded ECU to identify, track &assign fixes for malfunctions, crashes, &poor performance, for future psgr vehicle infotainment &telematics syss features incldg diagnostics, media playback, Bluetooth/OnStar connectivity, phone projection, &navigation, to improve HMI (incldg application, service &sys levels), in Android OS, using Git, Gerrit, Jira, IBM RTC/RQM, VehicleSpy, Python &Java tools, &NeoVI FIRE, P-CAN, ValueCAN &Mongoose H/W. Perform system level verification tests incldg smoke/sanity/ functional/ integration/interaction/ stress/monkey &stability tests. Create &execute test cases &automated test scripts to adhere to internal &external industry ®ulatory specs incldg ISO 14229-1 Road vehicle-USD &AUTOSAR. Bachelor, Electrical Engrg, Computer Engrg, Manufacturing Engrg, Computer Science, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer, dvlpg or executing test plans for qlty control &improving UX incldg CSM embedded ECU to identify malfunction, crash, &poor performance, in Android OS, using Jira, RTC, &RQM &VehicleSpy tools, &NeoVI FIRE H/W. Mail resume to Ref#1675-102, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
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CPR Global Ledger & Product Cost Manager General Motors, Detroit, MI. Plan, improve, consolidate &execute U.S. &global Close, Consolidation, Planning &Reporting (CPR) system to improve processing, anlys &reporting of financial results for Actuals, Forecast &Mid-Term Plans using SAP S4) &eSAP &SAP ER) Systems. Drive first time quality &insight from data leveraging One Version of the Truth. Supervise &set technical tasks of Sr. Financial Anlysts. Clean &integrate Master Data &common processes &platforms to achieve world class efficiencies decreasing manual work &increasing anlys time globally across all countries. Automate gathering &harmonize data incldg product costing part level detail for 130+ mfg plants in U.S. &global from Worldwide Product Cost System, Material Global Optimization sys, SAP sys, &Global Price System. Dvlp pivot tables &compare General Ledger to SAP S4 &remediate gaps. Run the JVSUPP job as required. Run the JVVEH job to generate inventory relief journal entries. Print BI45 report. Park &post PC1 entry. Master, Administration, Management, Finance, or Accounting. 12 mos exp as Product Cost Manager, Inventory &Product Cost Manager, Accounting Manager, or related, improving &executing U.S., regional or global CPR or related system to improve processing, anlys &reporting of financial results for Actuals, Forecast &Mid-Term Plans using SAP system. Mail resume to Ref#1835-205, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Warren, MI, General Motors. Dvlp, execute &monitor test plans &validate &improve Center Stack Module (CSM), Central Gateway Module controlling CAN traffic in ECUs in instrument clusters, &OnStar telematics modules, to identify, track &assign fixes for malfunctions, crashes, &poor performance, for future psgr vehicle infotainment &telematics syss features incldg Over the Air (OTA) software, Bluetooth connectivity, phone projection, &OnStar telematics connectivity, &improve HMI, in Android OS, using VehicleSpy, ATT, RAD-moon, Vector CANoe tools, &neoVI FIRE &Vector tools H/W in vehicle &on test bench. Collect data &create, check, analyze, &validate test reports/results &identify critical issues in vehicle &in subsystems environments. Perform sys level verification tests incldg smoke / sanity /functional /interaction /&reliability tests &must tests lists. Master, Electronics Engrg, Embedded Software Engrg, Electrical Engrg, or related. 6 mos exp as Engineer, Technical Specialist, or related, dvlpg or executing test plans &validating psgr vehicle CSM &telematics modules, to identify &assign fixes for malfunctions &crashes in syss features incldg OTA software &telematics connectivity, using VehicleSpy &Vector CANoe tools, in vehicle &on test bench. Mail resume to Ref#23269, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
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Manage and coordinate all aspects of Meadow Brook Hall community event details to include budgets, entertainment, menus, linens, décor, valet, special orders, sets, etc. On -site management for all MBH events. In collaboration with the director of external relations set annual community events revenue goals. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in hospitality event management, organizational/business management, recreation or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Three to five years’ experience in special events, event creation, implementation and management. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Refer to online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply May 23, 2019. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
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Warren, MI, General Motors. Analyze &optimize psgr vehicle exterior syss incldg windshields, rear glass, qrtr windows, front/rear fascias, grilles, body side moldings, rocker panels, head/taillamps, sunroof systems, spoilers, &decorative trims syss; stampings; plastic parts (injected molded brackets &components); &part drawings using Teamcenter VisMockup S/W to obtain technical data such as weight, dimensions, tolerances, materials, material properties, &related assy reqmts, &TcPCM costing tool. Evaluate global component costing, &estimate vehicle component &supplier tooling costs through anlys of content of raw materials, component mfg processes incldg pipe bending, stamping, injection molding, forging, casting, machining &welding, required equipment for component mfg facilities, &required component volumes. Articulate available donor vehicle cost estimates, key cost drivers (incldg content definition, regional factors &brand/segment assumptions) &content alignment/tradeoffs to teams. Bachelor, Mechanical, Automotive, or Industrial Engrg. 24 mos exp as Engineer, Cost Engineering Supervisor or Manager, or related, analyzing &optimizing psgr vehicle exterior syss incldg windshields, rear glass, qrtr windows, front/rear fascias, grilles, rocker panels, head/taillamps, spoilers); &part drawings using Teamcenter VisMockup to obtain technical data such as weight, dimensions, tolerances, materials, &related assy reqmts. Mail resume to Ref#2707-203, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
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Senior Software Engineer Warren, MI, General Motors. Engr, design &implement RTOSivi embedded software incldg Multi-Functional Controller (MFC) feature to enable new hardware input device to control in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system in Android &Linux environment, by extending Android User Interaction (UI) Framework &input sub-system. Break down MFC feature dvlpmt work into tasks &properly assign them to peer engrs. Coordinate &guide peer engrs to fix S/W defects related to MFC feature &HMI Framework on daily base. Review changes to UI related Application Programing Interface &maintain widgets extended by GM to Android UI Framework. Responsible for lifecycle of HMI Framework related domains, from reqmt anlys, system design, dvlpmt, review, testing, to deployment &maintenance of S/W embedded in vehicle infotainment system. Master, Electrical, Telecommunications, or Communication &Electronic Engrg, or related. 12 mos exp as Engineer or Software Architect, designing &implementing RTOS embedded S/W incldg MFC feature to enable H/W input device to control IVI system in Android &Linux environment, or related. Mail resume to Ref#2316-203, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265
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General Motors, Detroit, MI. Identify &analyze financial, vehicle component &material data standard disconnects &explain finance system gaps at critical integration points across finance systems incldg Global Consolidation &Account Reconciliation System, &Global Profit Planning System in Hyperion &Global Ledger (SAP S/4 Hana) as part of CPR processes for U.S. &global regions. Lead team to support CPR change mgmt, technical finance communication, training integration &all-Finance employee readiness, &supervise Financial Analysts. Coordinate CPR tools &integration for annual budget &monthly forecasting, while ensuring vehicle profitability according to U.S. &non-U.S. regional market reqmts. Communicate w/ project leaders across markets, all global regions &Finance personnel supporting Financial Planning &Analysis, Close & Consolidation Treasury, Tax, Engrg, Sales/Marketing, Mfg, &Customer Care &Aftersales functions on application deployment, &CPR training of all Finance employees. Master, Business Administration or Finance. 12 mos exp as Financial Analyst, Senior Analyst, or related, coordinating annual budget &monthly forecasts while ensuring vehicle profitability according to U.S. or non-U.S. regional market reqmts, or related. Mail resume to Ref#1709, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Refer to online posting for additional requirements. Part-time position working 24 hours per week. Salary is commensurate with Education and experience. Must apply on line to: https://jobs.oakland.edu
Integration Finance Manager - Close, Consolidation, Planning &Reporting (CPR)
Provide academic advising to current and prospective undergraduate students who are pursing or plan to purse an undergraduate degree in the School of Education & Human Services. Create a graduation plan with each student and assist students facing challenges along the way. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum one year experience in academic counseling or advising.
General Motors, Detroit, MI. Analyze US GAAP, SEC rules ®s, FASB Statements for complex transactions, consolidate all financial data &results across Global Enterprise Accounting Reporting Systems, &consolidate &close total Company financial results in U.S. &globally using Close, Consolidation, Planning &Reporting (CPR) system, S4 System Applications &Products (SAP S4), eSAP &SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems. Retrieve &analyze GEARS financial data, contact regional Finance representatives, &validate reconciliations &accounting consolidations for mnthly &qrtrly accounting close. Review &analyze FX calculations in GEARS. Summarize consolidated &Country of Sale (CCOS) results &distribute report to Bd of Directors. Build complex formulas &Hyperion system retrieves in Excel to support reconciliation of CCOS results. Design accounting solutions to accommodate business actions for change in 10-K, 8-K, &10-Q segment information (GM regions). Bachelor, Business Administration, Accounting, or Finance. 24 mos exp as Financial Analyst, Controller, Technical Accounting Specialist, or related, analyzing US GAAP, SEC rules ®s, FASB Statements for complex transactions, &consolidating &closing total automotive manufacturer (OEM) country or regional financial results using SAP ERP Systems. Mail resume to Ref#162, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
Warren, MI, General Motors. Research &analyze accounting guidance &report to senior leadership on US GAAP, SEC rules, &IFRS related to fixed assets, inventory, contractual obligation disclosures, foreign currency translation, &variable interest entity disclosures of U.S., Canada &Mexico vehicle assy, propulsion systems &component mfg plants. Ensure that financial data is properly reported in Close, Consolidation, Planning &Reporting (CPR) system w/in eSAP S4 Ledger. Analyze mfg journal entries, &clean &integrate metadata to achieve world class efficiencies to decrease manual work &increase anlys time. Analyze utilities &other contracts for embedded derivatives, hedges, variable interest entity disclosure &correct accounting treatment. Assure costs are properly capitalized or expensed &booked to correct financial statement category in Global Enterprise Accounting Reporting Systems, S4 System Application &eSAP ERP System, using Worldwide Product Cost System &Material Global Optimization system. Supervise Financial Analysts. Bachelor, Accounting or Business Administration. 24 mos exp as Internal Audit Manager, Internal Audit Director, Accounting Manager, or related, analyzing accounting guidance related to fixed assets, inventory, contractual obligations disclosures, foreign currency translation of automotive vehicle assy or component mfg plants, &analyze contracts for embedded derivatives, hedges, &correct accounting treatment. Mail resume to Ref#499, GM Global Mobility, 300 Renaissance Center, MC:482-C32-C66, Detroit, MI 48265.
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