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White Supremacy By Godfrey Dillard The Black philosopher, Charles W. Mills, describes white supremacy in America as a “racially sanitized” reconstruction of white domination and oppression. A form of liberalism that promotes a “color-blind” ideology: whites tend not see themselves in racial terms and not to recognize the existence of the advantages whites enjoy in American society. It is a worldview that emphasizes individualistic explanations for social and economic achievement. As a consequence, whites are more likely to see the opportunity structure as open, impartial, or objective in its functioning. This supports explanations for inequality that focus upon cultural characteristics (e.g., motivation and family values). Blaming Blacks for their lower economic position serves to neutralize demands for antidiscrimination or for a redistribution of resources. Indeed, the real racists are the Blacks who continue to insist on the importance of race. These claims of course are not new, but decades or a century old. Professor Mills is not the first “critical race theorist” to see the importance of race in America. Professor W.E.B. Du Bois, the father of critical race theory, in his seminal work, Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880, long ago pointed out in mainstream scholarship the centrality of race in American society. There is, however, a growing body of mainstream scholarship that is beginning to catch up to his insights. It should not be a surprise that critical race theory has its opponents. The conservative think-tank at The Heritage Foundation has recently published a pamphlet called, Critical Race Theory, subtitled, Knowing It When You See It and Fighting It When You Can. It describes critical race theory as a philosophy founded by law professors who use Marxist analysis to claim that America is “systemically racist.” It alerts the reader that critical race theorists have been active in colleges and universities for years, but their impact on public policy was limited until now. In headlines, it describes how critical race theory has “now burst outside of the universities, affecting K-12 schools, workplaces, houses of worship, state and federal governments, and even the military.” It rejects claims of systemic racism, that race drives beliefs and behaviors, white privilege, meritocracy as myth, and equity. Finally, it describes “How to Stop Critical Race Theory.” It asks the reader to find out what your schools teach, speak to your child’s teacher and principal, engage with your local school board, and become a whistleblower. Indeed, we now see protests before school boards around the country to the teaching of Black history, slavery, and removal of books in K-12 school libraries by Black authors. As we approach Black History Month, we must remain vigilant in guaranteeing that the history of Black people and their contributions to American society remain front and center in our schools. To do otherwise, is to go blind to the sacrifices of our ancestors.

53 Years After The Dream What Would Martin Luther King Jr. Do in Today’s America if He Were Alive?

By Donald James Special to the Chronicle

As America and the world celebrate the late Martin Luther King Jr. on his federal holiday, Monday, January 17, two days after his actual birthday, many will reflect on the life, times, and legacy of the greatest name, orator, mobilizer and advocate of the Civil Rights Movement. On MLK Day, there will be news stories generated and special events commemorating King’s powerful speeches to uplift the underserved, the hundreds of marches and protests he led in the face of hatred and white supremacy and the relentless search for freedom and justice for African Americans, all rooted in King’s philosophical belief of nonviolence. Yet, for many people, MLK Day will be a time to discuss how far Black people in America have come since King was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, after standing at the vanguard of the Civil Rights Movement since 1955. African Americans have made significant gains because of King’s indelible fingerprints on the Civil Rights Movement. Still, in many instances, Black people today face some of the same issues of yesteryear. On any given day, news stories are focused on national and state legislators maneuvering to strip voting rights and power from Black and Brown people; deadly incidents of police brutality against Black people and widening gaps for Black Americans to attain quality education, fair housing and equitable employment opportunities. As the old


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In 2022, America is at another racial crossroads, while many ask the hypothetical question: What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say and do if he were alive? No one can accurately say how impactful King would be in addressing many of today’s hot-button issues. However, a cursory look at his civil rights’ track record lends insight to what King would say and do if he were alive. Many of King’s actions in the Civil Rights Movement led to watershed moments of change for Black people, including the one-year-15-day Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955 to 1956), the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963) and the Selma to Montgomery March (1965). In conjunction with other civil rights contemporaries, King led vigorous fights to bring about landmark legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1964, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial bigotry in America. If King were alive today, it’s believed he would be appalled, but not totally surprised, at the elevated level of police brutality against Black people that far too often ends in death. It’s believed he would be at the forefront of organizing and facilitating peaceful protests and marches against police brutality while working with local and federal legislative bodies and other organizations to eradicate such actions.

If King were alive, he would have been amazed at the national and international protests that followed the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a white police officer with three others looking on. Witnessing the guilty verdict and sentencing of the former officer, while the other three face federal civil rights violations charges on January 20, 2022, in Minneapolis, would be foreign to King as such murder trials and guilty outcomes of white people were uncommon in the Jim Crow era of systemic racism where King pushed for justice for Black people. It’s difficult to believe King would approve of the violence, looting and burning of businesses that happened during some protests, although not linked to actions by the organizers. After all, King’s philosophy for fighting injustices was rooted in religion, nonviolent tactics, ongoing dialogues and building coalitions. Many believe King may not have embraced much of the ideology of Black Lives Matter (BLM), probably wondering why Blacks are killing each other at rates much higher than other ethnicities if Black lives mattered so much to this organization. Yet, he would be astonished by how the organization has morphed into the world’s biggest and most influential movement for the liberation, justice and rights of Black people. Nonetheless, King may have been proud that three Black women who founded the powerful BLM -- Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi

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adage goes, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.”

Critical Race Theory has been under attack for several decades with traction mounting in the 21st century. Referring to the academic study of race as a social construct, Critical Race Theory, or CRT, explains the country’s complex relationship with race and racism, particularly between Black and white communities. Recently, left- and right-wing politicians are arguing about the necessity of CRT to be taught as a part of American school curricula. Though race relations is a sensitive topic for most, it is an undeniable part of America’s history and the basis for the formation of public policies and laws. Still, schools are refusing to teach students the truth about

DPSCD, Tyrell Slaprace in America. As pey is familiar with Martin Luther King leading his students Day approaches, through the teachconversations about ings of Dr. Martin King’s teachings as Luther King Jr. and it relates to CRT are other Black hisup for debate. torical figures. But “Martin Luther schools across the King has somewhat state may have race become the comstripped from their fortable fit for the lesson plans with established system. the passing of new Dr. King had that legislation. conversation that The introduction appealed to both of House Bill 5097 sides -- meaning it wasn’t as radical. Minister Freedom Allah and Senate Bill 460 would cancel the However, it was still passive enough to fit the mode of CRT curriculum. The Bill, which standard society,” said Minister was passed in the Michigan Freedom Allah, national repre- House in November 2021, would sentative for the People’s Action. prohibit schools across the state A third-grade teacher for from instruction that would pro-

mote race as well gender lessons. To further deter schools, Senate Bill 460 would impose a harsh financial penalty for CRT teachings. Educators choosing to teach lessons on race or gender would cause their school to lose five percent of their funding. “If we’re talking about Critical Race Theory and racism being taught in America, that’s our now, that’s our past, it’s not going anywhere in the future. It may be getting a little better, but it’s not going anywhere in the future,” said Slappey. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through his life’s work, teachings and speeches, outlined his stance on race and its construct in America. At a time when Black


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From page A-1 -- all in their late 20s to early 30s when they spurred the movement in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer in 2013. King was 28 when he, in conjunction with others, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Yet, if King were living, he could learn valuable lessons from Garza, Cullors and Tometi about the power of social media platforms becoming indispensable tools in today’s messaging, fights and movements for civil rights and justice. If King were living in 2022, he would have witnessed two years of the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic disproportionally impacting poor Black communities across America. While the lack of access to quality health care in Black communities is not new, it’s believed that King would address and passionately push for better health care leg-

islation and services in Black and Brown communities, perhaps motivated by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer assembling the Michigan Task Force on Racial Disparities and appointing African American Lt. Governor Garlin Gilcrest to oversee it. If King were living, he would be dismayed by the attempts of legislative bodies to change voting laws. However, he would be more determined to lead broad coalitions to do everything in his power to stop such attempts at every level. He would vehemently oppose the recent redistricting in Michigan and its unfairness to Black voters in Detroit. King would be an ardent advocate for the passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021, making it illegal to enforce voting rules that discriminate based on race, language or ethnicity. The Bill, currently stalled in the Senate, would propel King to aggressively push and challenge Republican


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and Democrat lawmakers to pass the proposed bill. However, there’s a good possibility that King wouldn’t endorse specific lawmakers running in the 2022 midterm elections and 2024 Presidential Election based on his history of endorsements. Case-in-point: one week before the 1960 presidential election, King was asked about his plans to endorse John F. Kennedy or Richard M. Nixon. King said, “The organization of which I am president, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, from its inception and in its constitution has been nonpartisan. Accordingly, as its titular head, I am unable to endorse a political party or its candidate. Moreover, the role that is mine in the emerging social order of the South and America demands that I remain nonpartisan.” If King were alive, he would undoubtedly revisit the role of the Black church in America, urging it to increase its engagement to bring about civil, social, political and economic changes. “I think if Dr. King were alive, he would urge the Black church to wake up and return to the values that it once held,” said Dr. Steve Bland Jr, senior pastor, Liberty Temple Baptist Church in Detroit and president, Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity. “He would tell the church that it is our last hope of having commentary about what we see going on in America and mobilizing to do something about it. Dr. King would work with the Black church to make sure that it is not anemic or susceptible to the viral attempts to weaken its

power to make vast differences in the lives of Black people across broad spectrums.” It’s been almost 59 years since King delivered his iconic speech “I Have a Dream” in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Yet, what would King say about his “dream” and America if he were living? “If my father were to just arrive today as if he had been gone for a number of years, I think he would be greatly disappointed in the America that he left, that he knew and believed had so much to offer the world,” Martin Luther King III said in numerous interviews about his father. “He would know that we are much better than the behavior we are exhibiting.” Bland agrees, but adds, “Dr. King would remain hopeful that even with all that’s going on in today’s America – in some cases as bad or worse than in his time of leading the Civil Rights Movement – he would still believe evilness can be overcome because evilness isn’t capable of a perfect plan unless right-thinking people do nothing.” If King were living, he would be 93 years old on his January 15th birthday. Yet, the universal belief is that he would continue building broad and powerful coalitions. He would continue organizing nonviolent marches and protests through the power of the Black Church and other entities of right-thinking people. King would never give up on his dream coming to fruition one day.


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for all students, despite race, is essential to the future of America. As race is discussed, the opportunity for healing can begin. Just as Dr. King outlined his dreams in his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial, symbolic in itself as President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he used his words to effect change. Now, similar to yesteryear, Critical Race Theory and MLK are being used to incite new passions, new discussions and the hope for a better tomorrow. “When we begin to push the boundaries of Critical Race Theory, sometimes it has a tendency to be infuriating. It has the tendency to create passion. It has the tendency to create a will and a breath for change and some of those conversations aren’t always comfortable,” said Minister Freedom. Though the future of critical race teachings in America is uncertain, race is sure to always be woven in the very DNA of the country. For true progress to be made, as King wanted, truth must be told, accepted, dissected and remembered. “If our goal is to make society better, then we all have to learn from these mistakes of our past. It can’t be something that we want to sweep under the rug. And in reality, that’s what’s happening,” said Minister Freedom.

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Community Museums Hold up Legacy of Dr. King By Sherri Kolade The 87th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Is almost here. Across Detroit and metro Detroit, organizations, and entities locally are looking at the Civil Rights leader’s life with intentionality to honor Dr. King’s achievements and works. Here are three museums giving back in a big way to invite the very communities Dr. King inspired to learn more about him. Dr. King and Voting The Detroit Historical Museum is holding a free event, “MLK Day: Give Us the Ballot” event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, January 17 at the Detroit Historical Museum. During the day’s activities, visitors can participate in a voter registration project for children and listen to an expert discuss the importance of registering to vote. Kids will make their own ‘mock’ voter registration cards and receive MLK worksheets and coloring pages. Other scheduled activities include: • A presentation by City of Detroit Arts & Culture Director Rochelle Riley, who will discuss her book – That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World at 10:15 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. • The museum store will offer a 20% discount on the book that day. • Guided tours of the exhibit Detroit 67: Perspectives at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. • A spoken word and rap performance by Aleca Gleser at 11:30 a.m. • Cupcakes and singing of “Happy Birthday” at 1:30 p.m. followed by “We Shall Overcome” Support for this event has been provided by the Detroit Historical Society’s Black Historic Sites Committee. The Detroit Historical Society is an independent non-profit organization that manages the Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle while caring for an outstanding collection of 250,000+ historic artifacts. The Society presents hundreds of educational tours, programs, workshops, and lectures annually. Founded in 1921, the Detroit Historical Society has worked for 100 years to foster an appreciation of our region’s rich history, telling Detroit’s stories and why they matter. The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit. The Detroit Historical Museum is currently open to the public with abbreviated hours (Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.), with enhanced health and safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Historical content and virtual tours and exhibits are available at

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Dr. King’s Vision Actualized Through Black America’s Achievements Today By Sherri Kolade From a National Black History Month Proclamation being signed and issued by President Joe Biden that recognizes Black America’s achievements and challenges through a historic bill marking “Juneteenth,” a federal holiday, 2021 was marked with purpose and potential and a greater sense of what’s next in 2022 for Black Americans. It’s undoubtedly true that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has left a huge bequest for Black Americans with a task to do -- finish what he started while not resting on the promises of yesterday. Before readying for progress that comes with a new year, how have we come through 2021 and what’s left to do this year when it comes to Black rights for the people especially making our work amplified despite the pandemic? Here’s a collection of some recaps locally and nationally from 2021. Looking Back and Ahead So many advancements were made last year to push along the progress a little farther for Black America with some celebrities in on the movement including Michael Jordan who announced last year a $1 million donation to support journalism and sports-based studies at Morehouse College, Black Enterprise reported. Jordan’s financial assistance will massively benefit scholarship, technology and educational programming initiatives for students schooling the Atlanta HBCU, according to the article. “Education is crucial for understanding the Black experience today,” said Jordan in a Morehouse news release. “We want to help people understand the truth of our past, and help tell the stories that will shape our future.” Melissa Harville-Lebron is a first. Harville-Lebron is the first Black woman to own her own NASCAR team — something the good sis made happen through

her hard work, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit, Black Enterprise reported. Harville-Lebron is a 47-year-old single mother raising her three children plus her siblings’ four kids, according to the article. She started her career in the entertainment industry as an intern at Sony Music — and in 2005, she began her own music label while working for New York City’s Department of Correction office. Nearly 10 years later, she suffered from a severe asthma attack that forced her into early retirement and inspired her to take a chance creating a multifaceted entertainment company, W.M. Stone Enterprises Inc., in 2014. Harville-Lebron told the magazine that her path into auto racing was not expected — but it started when she took her sons to a NASCAR experience event at Charlotte Super Speedway to deter them from taking up such a dangerous hobby. Instead, the moment spurred her sons’ interests and eventually led to her investing hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop her own team, according to the article. Her win is a win for all. Proactive Protocols Even locally, strides were made (and are still being made) when it comes to facing health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. “The best way to handle fear is through faith.” That’s what the Rev. Dr. Steve Bland of Liberty Temple Baptist Church said in 2020 during a Michigan Chronicle interview about the hesitant who aren’t ready to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Bland, president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and the Vicinity, addressed this segment of people and he and other pastors have helped guide many through a local campaign through the COVID-19 vaccination process by praying for them and even standing by their side as some received their first shot. Bland told the Michigan Chronicle that

the “key message” of getting the community vaccinated is still important today. Bland said that the campaign, with the help of the Michigan National Guard, was a “tremendous help” to track every vaccine, test and beyond through 66 churches working together in total, 50 of which are in Detroit proper. “We provided them resources to help keep them going and moving and have the successful capacity to do that.” Locally again, the youth-based Midnight Golf Program Leader Renee Fluker sees a vision for young people and growing them for the world of higher education is no small feat. The Metro Detroit leader holds onto her vision from two decades ago to help the young thrive beyond their circumstances. Fluker told the Michigan Chronicle that she started the organization after being inspired by her son who played golf in high school. “He would complain that no Black kids know how to play golf,” she said, adding that he asked her once in college to come up with a way to help Black kids learn to play golf. “The goal now is to teach them golf and get them in college.” When it comes to the political landscape in Detroit, local movers and shakers, including a Coalition of Detroit Caucus members, Council of Baptist Pastors, union leaders and community activists spoke boldly last December during a press conference on behalf of what Black Detroiters want. Citizens in Michigan voted in 2018 to rid gerrymandering, a referendum led by the group Voter, Not Politicians. Starting in 2022, Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC), a bipartisan group, took on the role of drawing up new boundaries statewide. The outspoken groups disapproved of


On the Shoulders of a King: Black Men Continue the Work of Dr. Martin By Sherri Kolade Lifelong Detroit resident Ray Smith grew up with pictures of Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and then-President John F Kennedy on the mantle of his family’s home, like many Black children did during the ‘50s and ‘60s. “My grandma had a pic of all three of those individuals -- I looked at those images [growing up],” Smith (born in the 1950s) said. “That’s all we heard was Dr. King growing up.” As a young boy, Smith also experienced his family talking about Dr. King’s visit to Detroit decades earlier in 1963 at the then-Cobo Arena when he delivered a speech at “The Walk to Freedom” event, which still impacts him to this day. “My family was involved at marches as well,” he said adding that they talked about Dr. King’s marches and attended them. The Eyes of Martin Smith is one of many men in Detroit and locally who embody what Dr. King

spoke about when it comes to doing the good work of moving forward equality and equity for all, especially those who are still looking to overcome someday. Smith, president of the non-profit Black Bottom Group (BBG), a multi-purpose media, education and entertainment company in Detroit, told the Michigan Chronicle that BBG initiated the State of Michigan History Center process that secured the Black Bottom Historical Marker recognizing Black Bottom Detroit as a legally recognized historical area last summer. After about two years of working on it, the Michigan Historical Commission granted the BBG permission to erect a historical marker. The state historical marker is at Lafayette Central Park, 1500 E. Lafayette, Detroit. The marker highlights famous Black Bottom residents such as Coleman A. Young, Joe Louis and Ralph Bunche. Smith said that the marker is significant to the community because it is a reminder of the residents who lived in Black Bottom, those who had their


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homes and businesses destroyed decades earlier when they were forced to move due to the 275 freeway plowing through their community, among other things. “I’m part of the city of Detroit and I am a resident who keeps doing the work and turning the wheels of justice to make sure that we are doing our part,” Smith said. Smith added that if Dr. King were here today he would look and say that, “The harvest is great but the laborers are few.” “Whatever part you play make sure


you play it [so that it] uplifts the Black community as well,” he said. “The dream still lives on -- he lives on through the work we do. … It starts with us.” The Footsteps of Martin Inkster resident and community activist Joe Claybron is a mentor who would probably agree with Smith. He too has a passion for looking at a community, Inkster in this case, and making pathways that uplift it. Claybron has actively taken steps to take back the streets and pour into them. Ironically, he is now on the other side of justice as he took out some stress years earlier when he was in a gang and had a fateful brush with law en-

On a positive note, Black Developers in Detroit like Chase Cantrell, founder and executive director of Building Community Value (BCV), and Jason Headen, development partner on building projects with Cantrell, face Detroit head-on when it comes to Black-led redeveloping initiatives. In 2018, The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ records lists over 113,000 licensed architects across the country; of those, Michigan has 5,300. According to the Directory of African American Architects, which keeps a record of a growing list of Black architects in the U.S., just 2,300 Black architectural designers are identified in the white, male-dominated industry. Described as the hottest, most happening place in Detroit currently is the

commercial boom on McNichols (just west of Livernois) with several new spaces under construction. “Detroit’s Black architects are creating major works and exciting spaces around the city and elsewhere. We are thrilled to showcase their work,” said Dr. Geneva Williams, executive director of Live6 Alliance. “We hope by exposing their designs and ideas plus some history of Detroit’s groundbreaking Black architects we will inspire more younger Detroiters to pursue work in this dynamic field.” The work is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is the first of a series of design and arts events hosted by Live6 and DCDC. Cantrell, founder and executive director of Building Community Value (BCV), is a big part of the Black revitalization movement in Detroit, helping Detroiters bring economic growth to neighborhoods in the city. The Ypsilanti-based business is expanding to Detroit to a location built for more room to go around. “The brewery [owners] we’re working with … are Black and currently looking for other tenants to fill the restaurant spaces. [There will be] two restaurants and two kitchens,” Cantrell said, adding that there is space available. “These are vacant storefronts along McNichols operated by Black developers,” Cantrell said, adding that he practices what he preaches. “The philosophy is trying to have a development for and by Black people… that’s the goal.”


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From page A-3 Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America’s Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. Dr. King at The Wright A Virtual MLK Day Celebration is on tap on the Monday holiday at the Charles H. Wright Museum, January 17. Attendees are invited to dig deeper to learn the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with The Wright, according to their website. The event, Presented by Citizens, will have a 2022 virtual keynote speaker, former U.S. Ambassador and civil rights icon, Andrew Young. Video presentations begin at 9 am and 1 pm EST. Registration is not required. Also, at noon, an Andrew Young Documentary Screening will take place, presented by Ford Motor Company Fund. To participate, all visitors are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken 72 hours before arrival, according to the website. Dr. King at Henry Ford In Dearborn at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be celebrated from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on January 17. The museum is celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the civil rights leaders who “had the extraordi-

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MICRC’s plans to vote to finalize voting districts last December. The vote, made in early January, introduced a newly drawn-up map that the groups feel doesn’t represent Detroit and unfairly represents Black Detroiters politically where the city is split up and parts lumped in with the suburbs. Sen. Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) said at a press conference that the MICRC commission drafted maps that have cut up Detroit in a disadvantageous way for Black residents where their representation would be swallowed up by primarily white suburban areas and politicians who have little interest in representing their Detroit-based constituents. Still Not Divided

Henry Ford guests also have the opportunity to view the Rosa Parks Bus and listen to the story of her brave act, according to their website. People could also make their statement in the interactive program Minds on Freedom, highlighting the contributions of Dr. King, Mrs. Parks, and civil rights champions like the Freedom Riders. Then feel free to explore the proud and often-challenging evolution of American freedom in the exhibit With Liberty and Justice for All.

about two years ago opened up his tax office business earlier in 2018, and said that he saw, especially during a bad winter storm, a lot of people didn’t have a place to go. So, he converted half of his office into a warming center. The Red Cross even let him borrow 30 cots to run his operation 24 hours a day for about 14 days. “There were men, women, children -young women as young as 17 coming in with babies -- it was a mess. We fought through it,” he said, adding that he was raised by both his parents in a community where his home was the community house. “I’ve always had the community in my blood. It was never a chance where I’m going to be like, ‘No I’m not going to help them.’” Dr. King’s good work of bringing everyone together and pushing forward is still evident in the lives of countless Black men locally and beyond who are making it happen in various ways today. More work still needs to be done though, especially during COVID-19 where needs are growing every day. What would Dr. King say about not resting on your laurels helping? People don’t have to wonder too hard. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” Dr. King said.

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Envoy Artee Lewis with The Salvation Army Temple Corps, in his pastoral role and with his holy army, on Detroit’s West Side (at 3729 W. Chicago Blvd.), told the Michigan Chronicle previously that helping those most in need, even with giving encouragement, is important. This is especially evident as so many give in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. as he is remembered for his loving messages and charitable works as his birthday nears. “Dr. King was out to, of course, help everybody and we want to definitely be a blessing to the community,” Lewis said. “I think one of the things we definitely want to do is let people know that we love them; that God loves them and we’re here to help … in their time of need.”

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forcement, which led him to do 15 years in prison. He was released around three years ago. Claybron, a now inspiring community leader continues to shine a spotlight on the seemingly forgotten, primarily Black city he grew up in that’s been crime-ridden and under-resourced for years. “I was a standout athlete, and though I didn’t know what it was at the time… it was a beautiful upbringing. Everything changed due to the economy. We have no real small businesses out here. No real mom-pop shops. Really just you live here but you work in another city. It’s in bad shape out here. We’re looking to change all of that in the next five to 10 years,” Claybron said. During his time in prison, he founded an organization called Nubit. The goal is to help other activists, including helping many returning citizens start working and helping them be an asset to their community. The group has worked with the City of Inkster on several projects. One of his bigger projects is turning his vacant childhood home into a haven for women fleeing violent situations. He hopes to have it completed in 2022, but the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed some of his plans. But being the optimistic person he is, he is confident that it will be done. Claybron, who moved to the city

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King’s Dream: Economics, Education and Today

By Megan Kirk The institution of slavery was a multi-trillion-dollar industry that laid the foundation for several economic factors that would lead to a massive chain reaction for African Americans. By today’s standards, the economic value for Black bodies would equal more than $42 trillion for the year 1860 alone. The 400-year-old institution was just the start of economic fulfillment at the expense of Black populations in the United States. From slavery to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights era until now, the financial impact Blacks have in America hold true to the economic structure of today. Though African Americans generate and have the ability to hinder cash flow through the country, they continue to fight for economic freedoms and wealth in America. Toson Knight, dean of culture at East English Village High School has witnessed the impact of America’s economics on Black students. Often at a disadvantage, Black schools, teachers and communities have fewer resources severely lessening their chance at obtaining wealth.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Financial Advice By Sherri Kolade

Track your expenses to ensure you spend less than you earn. Limit credit card use and reduce discretionary spending like eating out, cable/ streaming, subscriptions and memberships until you lower debt levels.

What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about your spending habits? Many know the Civil Rights-era giant to be one who spoke about peace, justice, fairness and love amidst unspeakable hate and threats made against Black people and other disenfranchised groups.

• Build an emergency fund so that you don’t go into debt to cover an emergency expense. • Choose a debt payoff strategy that works for your situation. Consider the Snowball method (paying off smallest debts first) or the Avalanche method (paying more on debt with the highest interest rate). Or consider a Debt Management Plan which helps you pay off the unsecured debt in 3-5 years.

Dr. King, however, had a penchant for pennies, too.

Toson Knight, dean of culture for East English Village High School. “With America and the way they’re making money, my biggest problem is that we need to see more of the money being poured into our communities; more of the money being poured into our education system, so that we can eventually benefit from it,” said Knight. “Of course they’re making the money off of us, but we’re not really benefiting.” The Civil Rights Movement is, in many ways, synonymous with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and his dream. Leading one of the most recognizable boycotts in the country’s history, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Dr. King along with his camp of supporters was able to cost the city of Montgomery approximately $3,000 dollars daily during the 13-month long boycott thus showing the buying power African Americans held at that time. In 1964, with the passing of the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed racial segregation across the country, it was thought African Americans would have access to a more tangible piece of the country’s economic structure, but this proved to be more societal and racial propaganda. In 1966, still fighting for Black economic inclusion, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned an article for The Nation, a weekly newspaper, in which he stated in part: “Someone has been profiting from the low wages of Negroes. Depressed living standards for Negroes are a structural part of the economy. Certain industries are based upon the supply of low-wage, underskilled and immobile nonwhite labor.” This sentiment still holds true today. Though progress has been made since the publishing of the article, African Americans continue to grapple with economic inclusion proven by


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With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up soon, it’s time to travel back to recap some of the wise words from Dr. King while making his vision a continued practical reality with millennial and financial expert Omari Hall of Southfield-based GreenPath Wellness, a financial consulting, credit and debt service. EBONY Magazine reported some of Dr. King’s sage advice when it came to finances. Some of his past lessons include: Create Economic Growth Opportunities Make strategic boss moves and don’t complain about social and economic injustices by doing something about it in your realm, which creates lanes and pathways for others. Turned down for a traditional loan for a business? Find an alternative route. It’s not always so black and white but with the right mindset and financial guidance, levelling up economically is possible with whatever venture you take. How did Dr. King act out his feelings toward injustice? He protested, lobbied and even was jailed for his beliefs. Dr. King wrote: “There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom. It is worth paying for; it is worth losing a job for; it is worth going to jail for. I would rather be a free pauper than a rich slave. I would rather die in abject poverty with my convictions than live in inordinate riches with the lack of self-respect.” A Bold Step of Faith Dr. King was also quoted saying, “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” EBONY reported that being driven by a materialistic consumer culture is not the pathway toward true wealth. Rather being intentional about creating wealth through future investments is always key. It’s time to step up as a community to invest and be educated about doing so – if you’re ready. Just 44 percent of Black Americans have retirement savings accounts, with an average balance of around $20,000,

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compared to 65 percent of white Americans, who have an average balance of $50,000, according to the Federal Reserve. Also, only 34 percent of African Americans own any stocks or mutual funds, compared to over half of white people reported. EBONY reported that for Blacks who do invest through company retirement plans, six in 10 have less than $50,000 saved from the plans, and just 23 percent have more than $100,000 in these plans, according to a Prudential study called The African-American Financial Experience. Similarly, 34 percent of Americans overall have $100,000 in company retirement plans, Prudential discovered. Hall, a native Detroiter, said that there is a clear need for easier access to clear and concise information around financial wellness so economic equity can thrive. Hall said that despite financial inequities especially in the Black community understanding finances is possible by taking small steps, which include debt management so investing is possible: • Know how much you owe. Write down the total amount of all your debts, monthly payments, interest rates and due dates. • Pay bills on time. Schedule your bill payments by when you get paid. Pay as much above your minimums as you can. • Take a hard look at your spending.

In the wake of COVID-19, the world has turned topsy turvy as layoffs, furloughs and early retirements (even business closures and reductions) caused the business world and employees to question what’s next. Throughout time, history has proven one thing to be reliable: that job continuity and the economy are not stable in the face of crisis. Yet, Dr. King has said in the past that economic-related issues shouldn’t shake a person. Dr. King was quoted saying, “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” While love is priceless and vital to make the world go round, Hall adds that it’s equally wise to find resources in common and unexpected places. “As the pandemic continues to linger and various forms of COVID relief such as stimulus, unemployment benefits, housing forbearance and Advanced Child Tax Credits, [which have just] ended, this can become stressful and unnerving,” Hall said, adding that taking care of the necessities always comes first. “Make sure you take care of essentials such as housing, medicine, food, utilities, childcare and transportation first,” Hall said. “If there has been a change in income resulting from the pandemic, it’s important to look closely at monthly expenses, debt payments and other bills. Redesign your financial habits and adjust as needed.” Other tips include leveraging all available federal, state and local assistance.


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Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance Launches Membership Drive

The Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance (MDBBA) is partnering with Bank of America (BofA) to launch a series of membership events for business owners. Powered by a $25,000 sponsorship from BofA, funds will be used to cover 50% of the membership cost for Black businesses who aren’t current MDBBA members. The membership drive will run from January 13 – February 24, 2022. MDBBA currently has over 200 members and hopes to add 100 new members at the

conclusion of the membership drive. MDBBA, started in March 2021, continues to provide strategic programming and timely resources to its members. With its sponsorship for new members, BofA seeks to help Black businesses be connected to the opportunities and resources provided by MDBBA. “We recognize the essential role black businesses play in benefiting our Detroit community,” said Matt Elliott, President, Bank of America Michigan. “Partnering with the Metro-Detroit Black Business

Alliance to support the recruitment of new members is a great example of Bank of America’s commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity.”

The membership drive will begin with a virtual happy hour kick-off on Thursday, January 13. Guests will have an opportunity to meet MDBBA members, learn about the Alliance and become members. Additional virtual membership recruitment events will be held each Thursday until February 24. To receive the membership

discount, business owners must attend one of the virtual sessions.

“We are grateful for companies such as Bank of America who acknowledge the importance of the MDBBA and want to assist in helping others be a part of our organization,” said Charity Dean, President/CEO of MDBBA. “If you aren’t a member, now is the time to join. Take advantage not only of the special discount, but the other programming and services we offer our members.” In its inaugural year MDBBA

has opened a Black Business Resource Center; launched the Hasting Street Index, a Black business directory with over 1,000 listings of businesses for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties; launched its inaugural Capital Connect program, which has prepared and connected Black entrepreneurs to funding; and provided assistance to Black businesses who needed to access PPP funding. For more details on membership and the membership recruitment events, please visit



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King’s Dream From page A-5 the widening of the racial wealth gap. “Overall, we are still lacking as it relates to our people being able to have access to wealth and we are also lacking as it relates to being able to set our people up where they’re able to get jobs and investments that will put them to a different level,” said Knight. In the same article, Dr. King mentions, “Negroes are a structural part of the economy.” Demands for equal pay, access to education and racial equality were just some of the issues the Civil Rights Movement worked toward solving. Advancing economic opportunities was one of the goals for Dr. King. Though integration of schools happened in 1954, equal education continues to be a hot topic. “Our educational system, and this is of course

stemming back to the Civil Rights Movement, our educational system is poor. It’s not properly funded and therefore our kids are not getting the proper education and resources to be able to get good paying jobs,” said Knight. More than 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Black communities con-

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“The Biden administration has extended the student loan payment pause until May 1, 2022. Most states have received or are receiving American Rescue Plan Act funds that will be used to provide housing assistance, employment and wraparound services. Check your local housing authority and related websites for more information,” he said adding

tinue to struggle to find their place in the American economy. Though responsible for much of the country’s financial success, Blacks see little of it in return leaving the question, are we closer to or further from King’s dream? As King said in his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech: “…America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.”

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.”

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to contact lenders, creditors and landlords. “Have an honest conversation about hardship options as soon as possible. … With a firmer understanding of your immediate, personal financial situation, I believe you will be better equipped to more confidently navigate the world of investments and retirement planning,”

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political moral questions of our time.” --Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Etiquette With Tameka Mongo So you think you know your table manner? Wait till you pass Tameka Mongo’s etiquette test. Most recently Tameka provided some food for thought on dining etiquette to a cross-session of the Wayne County Community College District’s administrators. In attendance was the Chancellor, Dr. Curtis L. Ivery and his wife, Mrs. Ola Ivery. The topic: “Where is my fork?” “In these unpredictable times, manners help guide us,” Tameka said. “They give us the tools to navigate social interactions with confidence and how to treat one another with grace, kindness and respect – these lessons are so very essential.” The table was set for a four-course informal business meal provided by Lone Star Catering. The hour-long session included detailed instructions such as how to approach the table, posture, the role of your napkin, how to follow utensil placement and eating technique.

It has been eight years now since Tameka Mongo was given the assignment of teaching young people etiquette at Wayne County Community College District under the guidance of the Chancellor, Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, who wanted a program to help build the social skills and confidence of young people in the community at no cost. Her patience with young people is paying off. Since the beginning of the program, more than 500 young people have participated in the session. “We all sometimes forget our table manners,” Tameka said. “Whenever we sit down to dinner, it’s important to remember a meal isn’t about food – it’s about bonding with one another. With holidays approaching, we can always refresh and sharpen these skills,” she said. David C. Butty, who attended the session held in the Charles E. Morton Board of Trustees Conference Room, called the session very valuable. “I learned some things that

I have always taken for granted when dinning. For example the direction to pass the pepper and salt shakers or the bread have always evaded me.” About WCCCD: WCCCD, one of the largest urban community colleges in Michigan, is a multi-campus district with six campus locations and specialty campuses, including the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center, the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE), the Curtis L. Ivery Health and Wellness Education Center, and the Outdoor Careers Training Center. The District serves nearly 70,000 credit and non-credit students across 36 cities and townships, and more than 500 square miles. WCCCD is committed to the continued development of new programs, workforce transformation, hosting community-based training sessions, and improving student facilities and services.

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The Women Behind King By Megan Kirk As the saying goes “behind every good man is a great woman.” This could not hold truer than for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While much is known about the Civil Rights icon, little is known about the women who stood in the trenches alongside the king. However, the lives and legacy of his wife, mother and women in his professional circle are understated. These women helped to guide the hand of King and progress a movement that has given women all but a sliver of recognition. Coretta Scott King married Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1953 and was thus propelled into the spotlight as an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. A force in her own right, Coretta Scott King was more than a mother and wife. Yet she, along with other women in Dr. King’s life, are rarely celebrated for their sacrifice and input during the Civil Rights Movement.

Jacqueline Robinson, Vice President of The People’s Action “There’s not a lot said about them. There are other female icons, Black icons -- Angela Davis, Assata Shakur. People talk about Coretta Scott King, but it’s always in reference to her being his wife,” said Jacqueline Robinson, vice president of the People’s Action and a member of the Board of Review for the city of Detroit for District 1. For Mrs. King, her contribution to the movement was overshadowed by her husband’s grandeur. Though understated, Coretta Scott King organized and led the movement in a way only a woman could; with a quiet force and gentle authority.

– Why Dr. King Would Still Believe in Nonviolence By Sherri Kolade “No justice, no peace. Know justice, know peace.” That common phrase has been shouted from the rooftops and exclaimed on the streets from activists, protestors and others looking for some answers from the latest crime that afflicted someone with melanated skin who looks like them. On Monday, January 17, MLK Day is celebrated in the Black community and beyond as many reflect back on what he did with the Civil Rights movement and look forward to what is still possible. As many recognize the continually needed healing of Blackness itself after King’s tragic death, so many more are still scratching their heads at how equality and equity is still not actualized yet for Black people, even in 2022. How do we continue though? When decades after his death so many injustices and oppressive acts against Black people have raged on and fueled a fire within many to seek revenge in some way, shape or form? How do Black people exactly fight for their rights, still, while looking for healing in this racist-tinged world full of people who don’t like Black folks just because of their skin color? It’s no simple answer but here is a start: learn to heal the hurt first, according to Because racism isn’t a one-anddone type of thing, Black people face racism in many ways that can, eventually, build up into harmful side effects like lashing out. The very palpable hurt should be released in healthy ways below.

Validate Black People’s Experiences When a Black person faces racism or racist experiences, find ways to heal from that through different support services whether it be with a circle of friends, family, the church, or working with counselors. Celebrate the Beauty of Blackness Black is always beautiful and finding ways to honor that blackness is important every day of the year, and not only on MLK Day. Don’t Back up Racist Behavior with Your Dollars Find out more about the companies you purchase from – learn what organizations and causes they support and make sure that they align with your values. If not, go elsewhere. Support businesses, Black-owned or others, that are committed to racial equality and justice.

This helps Black people become empowered knowing that your money does not ultimately help finance the systems and people who are intent on killing Black people, and gives allies the information they need to support equality. Black Mental Health Matters When a wrong is acknowledged, don’t let it slide -- it can be fixed in a nonviolent way. As people become more knowledgeable of racial injustice (especially through corporate-backed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work) more Black people can hold people’s feet to the fire. However, beyond diversity and inclusion training, Black people require psychosocial support as they work through trauma, according to the article. The proper guidance of Black mental health practitioners is essential to healing. “So is having the space to care for our mental health on a day-to-day basis. We ask a lot of ourselves. We can support each other by normalizing taking care of our individual and collective mental health,” according to the article. Get Rest The pandemic is still raging; inequalities and injustices are still happening. When able, rest and rest well and reflect on something else. “It’s a part of self-care but also a critical component of community care. We automatically associate rest and relaxation with holidays and days of observance,” according to the article. But we need to make rest a part of everyday life. “Activism can easily take the place of hobbies and leisure, so rest must become an intentional practice.”

“I believe Martin was chosen, I believe I was chosen, and I say to the kids, this family was chosen as well,” said Coretta Scott King in her posthumous book “My Life, My Love, My Legacy.” Author Anna Malaika Tubbs recently released a book, “The Three Mothers,” highlighting the mothers of three Civil Rights icons. Among them is Alberta Williams King, the mother of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Raised in Ebenezer Baptist Church, Alberta’s lineage is one of faith and activism using education as a tool of weaponry. “She grew up believing that Christian faith should always be intertwined with social justice. She believed in participating in marches and in boycotts and especially about having this privilege of education; how you use that to advance freedom causes,” said Tubbs in a virtual con-


‘This is a Movement:’ GM Reimagines What is Possible With Electric Vehicles By Sherri Kolade

“We are creating world-class solutions,” Barra said of that goal.

General Motors (GM), a Detroit-based automotive manufacturing industry titan envisions a very near future where the limitless is possible for drivers and communities looking for sleek vehicle options where zero carbon emissions are the standard and safety is an integral part of their driving experience. GM, a global company home to Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Chevrolet, has new electric vehicle (EV) releases coming online for this year and next through a virtual announcement from CEO Mary Barra on Wednesday, January 5, at Exhibit Zero: The Ultium Effect. She spoke as a keynote speaker at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and outlined the waves of change that are coming as society moves toward the mass adoption of electric vehicles. Back to the Future of EV Barra said the company’s lofty yet capable goals where

The central part of the announcement included a major focus on the Ultium battery platform, which will power everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles. Barra’s keynote address included the unveiling of the first-ever Chevrolet Silverado EV. The Chevrolet Silverado EV will be powered by GM’S Ultium Platform technology.

General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra delivers the virtual keynote at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022, outlining the waves of change that are coming as society moves toward the mass adoption of electric vehicles. Headlining GM’s CES 2022 is the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV. This reimagined full-size pickup was developed from the ground up and leverages the power of GM’s Ultium Platform. Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet technology and people synch up toward a harmonious future filled with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion are a more than plausible reality with a greater goal in mind.

“Why are we doing this?” Barra asked during her keynote address. “To me, it comes down to this: technology driven by purpose can change the world. We no longer have to image [an

electric vehicle] future, we’re building it.” Part of building that EV future includes prioritizing to become carbon neutral by 2040.

“Technology driven by purpose will change the world,” said Deborah Wahl, GM global chief marketing officer in a press release. “GM is redefining how people and goods are moved. Our commitment to a vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion has positioned us to lead. As we implement our growth strategy, we have an opportunity and, frankly, an obligation to create a better future

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for generations to come. That’s the Ultium Effect.”

During her life, Alberta used her education and position to address the social and racial issues of her time. An active member of the NAACP and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Alberta’s press for equality worked in tandem with that of her son until his murder.

Ultium, which was recently recognized among Fast Company’s “Next Big Things in Tech 2021” underpins vehicles including the GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 Pickup and the BrightDrop EV600, which were delivered to initial customers late last year, as well as the Cadillac LYRIQ when deliveries begin later this year. EVs Pave the Way Since its launch in 2021, BrightDrop, a technology company decarbonizing last-mile delivery, announced it is adding Walmart to its growing roster of customers, and expanding its relationship with FedEx. Walmart signed an agreement to reserve 5,000 of BrightDrop’s EV600 and smaller EV410 electric delivery vans to support the retail giant’s growing last-mile delivery network and goal of operating a zero-emissions logistics fleet by 2040. FedEx also signed an agreement with BrightDrop reserving priority production for 2,000 electric delivery vans over the next few years. “Together, we’re truly transforming transportation,” Richard W. Smith, FedEx regional president of the Americas, said of the collaboration.” “We’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what our two companies can achieve together,” Barra added. Headlining GM’s CES 2022 is the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV. This reimagined full-size pickup was developed from the ground up. At launch, the Silverado EV will be available in two configurations: • An RST First Edition • A fleet-oriented WT model Both vehicle options offer a mix of

Headlining GM’s Consumer Electronics Show 2022 is the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV. This reimagined full-size pickup was developed from the ground up and leverages the power of GM’s Ultium Platform Photo courtesy of General Motors

performance, capability, technology and style. The Silverado EV will offer an expected GM-estimated 400-mile range on a full charge along with 10.2kW of offboard power, available four-wheel steering, fixed-glass roof, Multi-Flex Midgate with a load floor of up to 10 feet, 10 inches when combined with the Multi-Flex Tailgate, a large, 17-inch-diagonal LCD freeform infotainment screen and the latest vehicle technologies that can evolve. Additional CES highlights featured include: • GM’s plan to reach leadership in EV market share in the U.S. that, beyond the Chevrolet Silverado EV, will include a Chevrolet Equinox EV SUV starting around $30,000 in the U.S. as well as a larger Chevrolet Blazer EV SUV. Both Equinox EV and Blazer EV will be available in 2023. • GM is working to build an EV movement beyond its retail business through the BrightDrop ecosystem, the Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck, and even component sales for commercial and recreational vehicles. In addition to the customers

previously mentioned are Enterprise and Quanta (Chevrolet Silverado EV). • Supported by the Chevrolet brand’s rapidly expanding EV portfolio, GM intends to lead in electric vehicles. • GM and Cruise are pursuing a comprehensive path to autonomous mobility to deliver the first personal autonomous vehicle from General Motors as soon as mid-decade. • GM will be the first company to use Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Ride™ Platform for advanced driver assistance technology, defined by software developed inhouse by GM. Co-developed by GM and Qualcomm for Ultra Cruise, the new compute architecture will have the processing capability of several hundred personal computers but is only about the size of two laptops placed on top of one another. • The expansion of Cadillac’s Halo Concept Portfolio with the InnerSpace and OpenSpace autonomous vehicles. These two new concepts build on the PersonalSpace vertical takeoff and landing vehicle and the SocialSpace personal autonomous vehicle introduced at CES last year, and together the four illustrate a potential future for multimodal luxury travel when GM’s Ultium EV and Ultifi software platforms are fused with autonomous driving technology. Barra said that from automaker to platform maker, “we’re witnessing what’s possible” when it comes to having the capabilities of creating a new range of vehicles for everyone, including the environment.

The Halo Concept Portfolio embodies Cadillac’s vision for the next decade and beyond with a range of personal autonomous options and advanced connected vehicle features. Pictured (left to right) PersonalSpace, SocialSpace and InnerSpace. Photo courtesy of General Motors

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Having a similar fate to her son, Alberta Williams King was assassinated as she played the organ at her home church, Ebenezer Baptist. As irony would have it, this King’s murder came at the hands of a white man who believed Christian Blacks to be his enemy. Before her death, Alberta’s life provided a platform for her son to rise up and become one of the most recognizable figures in history. Though learning the ways of activism from his mother, history leaves little room for a woman’s mark in the Civil Rights Movement. “A lot of it boils down to patriarchy and I think it’s something that our community doesn’t like to talk about because there are some very large issues,” said Robinson. “Women and men within the Black community have a common enemy. So, a lot of times I think, when people talk about some of the nuanced things that we need to get together in-house, it makes them uncomfortable.” A close ally and friend, Dorothy Cotton was pivotal to Dr. King’s legacy. Hired by Dr. King to work at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the center of the civil rights movement, Cotton served as the national director of education for the conference for over 10 years. Her role training activists in nonviolent action was essential to the movement. The only woman in the executive staff for King, her story and position in the camp is rarely mentioned. Credited with typing King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in a Washington hotel, King’s most notable moment in history came at the hands of Cotton. “The speech was written by a woman, but most people wouldn’t even associate woman-led leadership within that movement,” said Robinson. s these women provided key support throughout the Civil Rights Movement, it is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who is taught in schools and throughout society. To amplify their voices and their positions in history, many believe more conversations need to be had about the position women had in the movement. “A lot of the ownness is us as Black women. As we begin to recognize that erasure is taking place, the ownness is on us to really begin to combat that and to begin to talk about these women so that we don’t forget,” said Robinson. Despite history’s account, Black women played a key part in the Civil Rights Movement while experiencing discrimination within their own race. Gender biases of the movement helped to keep the stories of some Black women at bay. Through storytelling, these women and other unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement can be celebrated.

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Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 cup chopped yellow onion • 1 cup chopped carrots • 1 cup chopped celery • 2 tablespoons McCormick Garlic, Herb and Black Pepper and Sea Salt All Purpose Seasoning • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Turmeric • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) Kitchen Basics Unsalted Chicken Stock • 2 cups uncooked medium egg noodles • 1/2 cup frozen peas Instructions:

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Requests for Proposals are being accepted for: Community Health Corps-Commercial Office Space Targeted Area (CHC-COSTA) Issued: January 4, 2022

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The Mayor’s Workforce Development Board (MWDB) is directly responsible and accountable to the State of Michigan, Labor and Economic Opportunity-Workforce Development (LEO-WD) for the planning and oversight of talent development programs in the City of Detroit. Designated by the MWDB, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) serves as the fiscal and administrative entity that provides workforce services to job seekers and employers. DESC’s primary funding streams include Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) that funds Michigan’s PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope.) employment program, Food Assistance Employment and Training (FAE&T), Wagner-Peyser Employment Services (ES), and other public and private funding. The Corporation enters into contracts with qualified entities to provide workforce development programs and services to job seekers and employers. American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Center for Disease Control Foundation (CDC) funding may support contracts resulting from competitive bid process. DESC is seeking proposals from qualified individuals, organizations and/or firms.

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lines of generating media ad sales and sponsorship revenue for RTM’s Michigan Chronicle. The ideal candidate should be a selfSchool of Medicine starter to champion our advertising and sponsorship offerings to Coordinate clinical processing To providethe responsible secretarial services in a agencies and brands in the Detroit area and have a minimum of and operational office assistance for an medical clinic by performing a variety5 years of successful media related sales. assistant or associate dean, chairperson, of multi-step according director or processes principle administrator of a to aA background in digital and/or print advertising, premium event school, department, institute, or adminspecified framework of procedures andsponsorships, or cross-platform media sales strongly preferred. The Ideal candidate has worked preferably in the Detroit market istrative unit. Minimum Qualifications: regulations, to graduation serve asor an information-– and is familiar with the required dedication for fast paced/ High school an equivalent combination of education and experience. al source within the clinic in additionmulti-tasking duties and thrives on providing effective marketing Three years progressively responsible secto maintaining the role as a medicalsolutions for clients. retarial experience. Ability to effectively * The Integrated Marketing Representative works closely within a assistant the Minimum interactinwith the clinic. public, students, faculty,Qual- small team and reports directly to the General Sales Manager. and staff. SalarySchool is $42,123.00 annually. ifications: High graduation or* Integrated Marketing Representative - Job Responsibilities: See online posting for additional position an equivalent combination of educarequirements. First consideration will • Sells and understands all facets of media products and services be given to those who apply by ex- being offered tion and experience. Three years’ January 21, 2022. Must apply online to: perience as a medical assistant or in• Approaches potential clients through new leads, cold calls, existing relationships, promotional events, or other means a directly related field with experience• Details pricing and negotiates costs when necessary in medical office clerical functions. Ex-• Travels to see clients, and/or participate in industry events or perience in venipuncture and obtain- trainings ing basic patient information including• Deliver a skilled sales pitch to potential/existing clients, to secure the sale blood pressure, electrocardiograph• Trains in various sales tactics and approaches approved by the measurements and urine BOARD specimens. company TRUSTEE- RETIREMENT This is clerical-technical Thea part-time Oakland County Retirement po-• Explains the benefits and potential audience of specific media Deferred Compensation Board,10:00 offerings to potential clients sition,andworking Monday-Friday, commonly referred to as the Retirement • Facilitates successful sales by collecting client information and a.m. Board, – 5:00 p.m., 30 hours for peroneweek. providing order information to the company is accepting applications serve as trustee. Interested See• Adds notes to records for each client call or meeting Salarycitizen is to$30,973.00 annually. individuals will be applying for a fouronline posting for additional posi-• Maintains excellent relationships with all clients in the executive’s year term beginning January 2022. portfolio tion requirements. Must apply online The deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m. on • Meets clients outside of normal business hours when necessary Thursday, January 13, 2022.

To provide specialized office assistance, coordinating procedural business or service activities for a complex program area involving processing, implementing, advising on, and reporting specialized subject matter. Minimum Qualifications: High school graduation or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Four years progressively responsible office experience, including direct experience in office coordination, i.e., prioritizing work assignments, maintaining work flow to meet deadlines. This is a full time, clerical-technical position. Salary is $43,718.00 annually. See online posting for additional position requirements. First consideration will be given to those who apply by March 23, 2020. Must apply online to: to:

Submitted applications will be reviewed by the Retirement Board, which will recommend a candidate to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Interviews will take place January 1819, 2022. Eligible candidates must be citizens and electors in Oakland County who are not eligible for membership or benefits under the retirement system, and they must not hold any other office or appointment with the county.

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The proposed candidate will need to be confirmed by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. The member selected to serve on the Retirement Board will attend monthly committee meetings during regular business hours. Members are responsible for administering the retirement plan adopted by the county to pay pension and retirement benefits to eligible retirees/participants. To apply, please go to https://forms., and complete and submit the form. The application can also be found by visiting www.oakgov. com/hr/retirement/Pages/RetirementBoard.aspx, and clicking on the “Citizen Member Application” link. For more information, please contact Carly Webster, Retirement Administrator, at 248-520-9727 or

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