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It’s tough, Gov. Snyder, but you can help Detroit succeed By Hiram E. Jackson CHRONICLE INTERIM PUBLISHER

Over the course of the past few months we have all been aware that this day was coming. the goverCOMMENTARY With nor’s Consent Agreement looming, we find our city and region in the midst of a political and financial crisis. Even those of us who have confidence in our mayor knew that the city’s problems were just too massive and complicated to resolve without some outside assistance.

The truth is, Mayor Dave Bing did not create this problem, as Gov. Rick Snyder discussed at the recent Pancakes & Politics forum. Rather, he inherited a painfully broken city and this financial crisis has been looming for decades.

Given the resources the mayor has to work with, I believe that he and his staff have fought a good fight. Certainly I, as a city resident, would like to have better city services and a much safer environment in which to live and work. But because the mayor has been upfront regarding the challenge, I, like so many others, remain patient because we believe in Detroit and want to be a part of its renaissance.

Hiram Jackson

Bing knew when he accepted the job of leading the state’s largest city that it would be a major challenge, and he has accepted that challenge.

But yes, there is the other side. Those of us who interact with Gov. Snyder also know that he truly wants the city of Detroit to succeed. He wants the mayor and the City Council to develop a viable plan that restores financial confidence and

creates a path to solvency. Snyder has told everyone who cares to listen that he does not want to “take over” Detroit. Quite frankly, I believe him. Who would want to create such a fight in the midst of the state’s economic upswing and in the middle of such a critical election year? Call me crazy or naïve, but I believe the governor when he says Michigan will not be successful until Detroit is successful. We all know it to be true, but it still feels good to hear others acknowledge that fact. Under different circumstances, the

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All-School Enrollment Fair Saturday, March 31 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 100+ sites open! •

March 2012

On Saturday, March 31, all DPS schools operating in fall 2012 plus many DPS-authorized charters will open their doors for an informational day, opportunities to meet principals, staff and parent leaders, tours and nutrition. Shuttle buses will be available from six hubs and some sites will feature free dental checkups and more. See page x.

Free healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks for every single student, regardless of income DPS knows that healthy eating helps to create healthy minds. Detroit Public Schools is committed to supporting the educational development of our students by providing healthy breakfasts and hot nutri-

Cranbrook Institute of Science and DPS launched a broad new partnership that will provide extraordinary, customized experiences in the natural sciences to DPS students, their families and faculty members.

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Detroit Public Schools: Opening More Opportunities Earlier than Ever Before

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Dear Detroit parents, guardians and families,

New! Open Enrollment and Application Period Now

In February, I announced key changes affecting our families for the upcoming school year. By doing so early, much earlier than has traditionally been the case, parents can make plans for enrollment and also seek information about their children’s schools.

A new Open Enrollment period will be held from March 15 – April 16 to allow for important decisions to be made. Wrapping up the school assignments for current students early will allow for staffing and budgeting decisions to be made on a timely basis, to ensure a smooth start to the new school year including the placement of a teacher in front of every child on the first day of school.

This is a critically important time in the history of Detroit Public Schools and for our city. I have stated frequently that Detroit Public Schools must

not only be a part of Detroit’s comeback, it must LEAD it. We have been using an outdated educational model that we must discard. We continued on page 3

Inside: Locator map and profiles of all schools

Roy S. Roberts

DPS opens enrollment, showcases new programs This year Detroit Public Schools announced it is offering more choices, earlier than ever, during its new Open Enrollment Period now through April 16. See the DPS insert inside this week’s Chronicle for details.

Hispanic legal trailblazer Ruben Acosta dies at 51 (Page A-3)

Who can we trust?

Lack of confidence holds Detroit’s future hostage

Michigan’s Hispanic community lost one of its towering and most revered leaders.


Comerica celebrates women empowerment (Page B-1) March is National Women’s History Month and Comerica Bank is joining in the effort to pay tribute to the generations of women whose contributions have proved invaluable to society.

The clock is ticking, loudly. So loud, in fact, that at this crucial point, whether you support the Consent Agreement from Lansing that will purportedly right the wrongs of Detroit’s financial woes or not is not of paramount importance. But whether you view the Consent Agreement as a takeover of Detroit government or a panacea to make the city financially sound, it is is your right to make that known clearly, as part of the debate on the governance and the financial wellbeing of the city. Something is not clear in this whole matter of the Consent Agreement, and it makes you wonder who is telling the truth or has failed to communicate properly both to Detroit and Lansing in the days, weeks or months leading up to the drafting of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Consent Agreement. Last week I sat down with Mayor Dave Bing at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) for a conversa-

Football is brutal (Page C-1) There are no two ways about it — football is a harsh and, yes, dangerous sport. Sports editor Leland Stein III tells is like it really is in this week’s column.

‘Reflections’: A James Brown movie? (Page D-1) Nothing could be more logical than a film based on the life and career of the legendary James Brown, one of the greatest performers of all time. Spike Lee has written a script and Eddie Murphy will accept the role, but will such a movie ever be made?


This year Detroit Public Schools is offering more choices, earlier than ever, during a new Open Enrollment Period now through April 16. Individual schools include those neighborhood schools showcased by Excellent Schools Detroit as among the best in the city, as well as new schools and college preparatory programs with curriculum focusing on science, medicine and performing arts. DPS also offers multilingual education programs, Public School League scholar-athlete programs and Parent Resource Centers. Districtwide, DPS will create

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So when you talk to Bing and his aides you hear one story. When you speak with Snyder and his team members, it is a completely different story. It’s hard to believe which side is correct despite the evidence that both sides are concerned about how Detroit forges ahead. But the problem that is not being discussed now is the lack of trust between Detroit and Lansing, as well as among Detroit elected officials themselves. For the governor and the mayor to publicly spar so continuously as if both men were running for the same office shows a lack of trust between them, as the city is quickly running out of money. Added to that conundrum is the lack of trust among some members of the Detroit City Council and the mayor’s administration. In fact, Bing publicly scorned Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown at the WCCCD mayoral conversation, accus-

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an Individualized Learning Plan for each student and academic blueprints for every parent, and will provide Netbooks for home usage to all students in grades 8-12. Wrapping up the school assignments for current students early will ensure a smooth start to the new school year including the placement of a teacher in front of every child on the first day of school, states DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts. Rather than continue to support underutilized buildings, DPS consolidated schools to allow resources to be delivered to a smaller group of high quality schools. In a number of cases, high achieving programs will move to newer, larger facilities to allow programs to expand and

serve more students. “We are embarking on a bold and ambitious journey with new educational models that will return this city to its rightful place as the world class leader in public education,” Roberts said. With regard to the new Individualized Learning Plans, DPS Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway said, “These learning plans will be automated and built electronically from existing data systems, using test scores from the Michigan Merit Exam, MEAP, and benchmark assessments as well as other data, such as attendance.” The district offers free breakfast, lunch and a snack, and provides services for children with

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Roy Roberts



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On the other hand, when I met with Gov. Snyder last week, he said he has been waiting on a plan that makes sense but hasn’t received one. The governor feels the city is running out of time and he will not preside over the state’s largest metropolis going under financially

without some form of rescue.

Roberts wants Detroit to be world-class leader in public education


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tion on the future of Detroit hosted by WCCCD’s Global Conversation Speaker Series during which Bing categorically made it clear he COMMENTARY won’t sign the current agreement from the governor. But what is surprising was that the mayor said he only received the draft agreement hours before he was required to sign it. At the same time, Bing said he sent a plan to Lansing in OcBankole Thompson tober of last year and didn’t hear from the governor or his lieutenants.

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March 21-27, 2012

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People with disabilities need everyone’s attention

we need to assure we get more than change — we also need to assure that these changes do not diminish care, choices and dignity to our fellow citizens.

By Tom Watkins

Feeling vulnerable? Your input is sought. Pay attention: Michigan state government is about to take action. As President Obama said, “If people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad gov- Tom Watkins better integrated care for ernment and politics.” people who are elderly, So, fellow citizens, pay those with developmenattention: Stop, look and tal disabilities, substance listen. abusers and those with The Michigan De- mental illness who are partment of Community considered “dual eligible” Health (MDCH) is asking under Medicaid and Medifor public comment on a care plans. massive new plan to alter Any change of this the care to Michigan’s magnitude creates anximost vulnerable citizens: ety among those in need the elderly, physical and of support, their family mental disabilities, suband friends — fearful in stance abusers and those these days of austerity, who qualify for both Medithat change equals less care and Medicaid. support and budget cuts. MDCH director Olga Dazzo, her team, with Speak now the able support of Public At the public forums, Sector Consultants, de- the MDCH will be reviewserve credit for develop- ing overarching themes ing an open and transpar- from an earlier stakeholdent planning process that er engagement process helped both steer and and the recommendations develop the plan to this that came out of the work point and it is now avail- groups, comprised of conable for public review. sumers of services, family The draft plan, “The In- members, advocates, protegrated Care for Persons viders and professionals. Dually Eligible for Medi- The community forums care and Medicaid,” will offer the opportunity to ultimately be submitted participate in the demoto the Federal Centers for cratic process, hear what Medicare and Medicaid changes are in store, ask Services (CMS) for their questions, offer input and approval. Public comment advocate your position is being sought at public before the signatures dry forums around the state on these critical proposed this month. changes. The goal is to provide At the end of the day,

As Thomas Jefferson said in the early days of our country, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” Be involved. Be informed. Comments may also be submitted in writing by mail to: Integrated Care, Medicaid Services Administration, PO Box 30479, Lansing, MI 48909-7979. Comments must be submitted by April 4. Forum dates and locations in Southeast Michigan: • Detroit metro area: March 26, 10 a.m. – noon; San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver, Troy; • Detroit: March 26, 24 p.m. Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Rd. • Lansing area: March 22, 9 – 11 a.m. CMH Authority of Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Counties, 812 E. Jolly Rd., Lansing For more information, call (517) 374-6848. Tom Watkins is a former state superintendent of pubic schools, 2001-05, and deputy and director of the former state mental health department, 1983-90. He can be reached at

Education Achievement Authority of Michigan announces start-up schools The nine element a r y / m i d d l e schools that will be part of EAA are:

At a special joint meeting, the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan Board of Directors and Executive Committee approved the assignment of 15 Detroit Public Schools as its initial member schools to open in September.

1. Chancellor John CovB r e n d a ington describes the EAA Covington of Michigan as “a differScott Elent system for a different ementary/Middle outcome. It is our goal 2. Burns Elementary/ to create a new model for Middle education within the state 3. Law Academy of Michigan.” “The existing educa- 4. Mary M. Bethune Eltional structure in this ementary/Middle country was designed to 5. Murphy Elementary/ accommodate an agrarian Middle society 150 years ago,” Elementary/ Covington said. “The old 6. Nolan model simply does not fit Middle a 21st Century digital so- 7. Phoenix Elementary/ ciety. The EAA is a new Middle model for students, teachers and parents to fit a 8. Stewart Elementary/ new century. We are fun- Middle damentally changing the 9. Trix Elementary/ paradigm for teaching and Middle learning in Michigan.” The six high schools The EAA of Michigan are: is a new statewide system Collegiate of schools starting in 1. Central Academy Detroit that will assume operation of the lowest 5 2. Denby High School percent of the Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) 3. Ford High School schools as defined by the 4. Mumford High School Michigan Department of 5. Pershing High School Education in the state of High Michigan over the next 6. Southeastern School three years. The concept for the Covington said stuEAA of Michigan was an- dents who currently nounced in June, 2011 by attend schools that have Gov. Rick Snyder and De- been assigned to the EAA troit Public Schools (DPS) of Michigan will automatiEmergency Manager Roy cally become a part of the Roberts. It was formally new school system. Stucreated in August, 2011 dents from other schools through an inter-local may also enroll in EAA agreement between East- schools if they desire to ern Michigan University be a part of the new edu(EMU) and DPS. The EAA of Michigan has an 11member board with seven members appointed by Snyder, two by DPS and two by EMU.


Covington said the nine elementary and six high schools assigned to the EAA will be radically transformed to address stifled student achievement in these schools. “EAA of Michigan will take low performing schools and build a portfolio of high performing schools. These schools will feature a flexible schedule; a rigorous curriculum aligned to state, national and international standards and increased school-site autonomy to make decisions necessary for students to succeed. We are designing a new approach to education from the ground up.”

cation model. He said a full schedule of meetings is planned to assure that parents are fully informed about all the options available for their children. Parents will have a voice in the future of their child’s school, including participation on School Reinvention Teams (SRTs) where they can provide direct feedback and guidance. Open enrollment will take place March 15-April 16, 2012. Within EAA direct run schools, as students master subject matter at one level, they will advance to the next level of learning regardless of the number of days they have spent in the class. Thus, advancement is based on their mastery of materials, not the number of days they have spent in class. Students who require extra time to complete materials will not have to start over at the beginning of a new school year but will be able to work from their prior achievement levels. “The EAA of Michigan is designed to empower teachers to succeed by giving them a professional work environment under which they will have the autonomy, support and empowerment they need to dramatically raise student achievement,” Covington said.


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March 21-27, 2012

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Tyler Perry leads major fundraisers for Obama reelection campaign support this guy with a name that nobody could pronounce,” Obama said at Perry’s home.

By Michael Cottman President Barack Obama stood inside Tyler Perry’s magnificent French–chateau style mansion recently and told donors who paid $35,800 to attend the high-profile fundraiser that he is now in full campaign mode and, with their steadfast support, intends to win reelection to the White House in November. “Usually I have better accommodations for our events, but we decided to slum it here,” Obama said, joking about the 42-year-old film director’s spectacular 58-acre estate that was once priced at $40 million and Barack Obama is nestled in a wooded, wealthy Forbes magazine listed Perry as Atlanta suburb. the sixth highest-paid man in “First of all, I just want to Hollywood, and some financial thank Tyler for this event,” experts say Perry is on track Obama said. “I was saying to to become a billionaire in the him, when we were over at his years ahead. studio, there is something about The visit to Perry’s estate was America, with all the struggles Obama’s last fundraiser of the we’ve been going through and night; he had already attended all the changes that have taken two campaign events in Chicaplace in our history, for him to go earlier in the day. On Friday come from where he is and be evening, Obama also headlined who he is; for me to come from a fundraiser at Tyler Perry’s where I am and have this extelevision studios before visittraordinary privilege. ing Perry’s home and speaking “It says something special to 40 guests, including Oprah about this place. And for Tyler Winfrey. to continue to be so humble Even though Obama’s 13and thoughtful and generous hour campaign swing Friday is a testimony to him and his raked in $5 million, Republifamily. And so we are just so cans are reportedly trying to grateful to him and just feel raise $500 million in an effort blessed to see his success.” to oust the president from the There’s no doubt about White House while anti-Obama Perry’s success. In 2009,

“And just like books and skin cream, when Oprah decides she likes you, then other people like you, too,” the president added. “And she has continued to be just — not just a friend, but somebody who Michelle and I seek out in thinking about not just the day-today issues of the day, but trying to keep our focus on the big picture. And what she’s done for so many people, not just in America but around the world, is extraordinary. So, I just want to say thank you to Oprah.”

Tyler Perry bumper stickers are already taking a decidedly racist tone: “DON’T RE-NIG IN 2012” one bumper sticker reads. With the president on the road rallying the faithful and courting Black voters, the Obama campaign would like to replicate the unprecedented Black voter turnout from the historic 2008 presidential election because they anticipate a close race, campaign advisors told The president’s campaign strategists are also well aware of the political influence wielded by prominent African-American entrepreneurs like Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. “And then, there is my good friend, Oprah, who very early on, when I was still running, just decided that she would

Obama spoke to supporters inside Perry’s three-story mansion, where a large crystal chandelier lit a foyer near a cozy library with antique books. Upstairs, in a games room area, was a pub-style bar, pool table, antique chess set and large antique telescope. The room looked over a great hall where there were five tables, each with eight guests. There was a huge marble fireplace with candles flickering inside, and African art was displayed on the walls. Obama told donors how the economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month, the economy was in crisis and the auto industry was on the verge of collapse when he took office, and then he related what he sees as the greatest achievements of his administration: Creating four million jobs, rescuing the banking system and passing health care

Hispanic legal trailblazer Ruben Acosta dies at 51 Michigan’s Hispanic community lost one of its towering and most revered leaders, Ruben Acosta, who passed away March 17 at the age of 51. For the past 12 months, Acosta fought a spirited battle against the effects of a malignant brain tumor. An enterprising and successful attorney, Acosta was co-managing partner and co-founder of Williams Acosta PLLC in Detroit. As a business counselor and litigator, he counseled and represented clients in a broad array of complex commer- Ruben Acosta cial and litigation matters ment motion practice. and disputes. Going beyond traditional Born in Cuba and fluent trial practice, Acosta repin Spanish, Acosta’s pro- resented clients in comfessional responsibilities mercial disputes using included representing alternative dispute resoLatin American compa- lution methods like menies and citizens involved diation, arbitration and in transnational commer- facilitation. cial disputes in the United As testimony to his States and abroad. legal expertise, Acosta As a litigator, Acosta practiced before federal successfully prosecuted and state trial courts and defended cases in and administrative trijury and bench trials and bunals, as well as appelthrough summary judg- late courts, including the

Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. An prominent and able leader in Hispanic civic affairs, Ruben Acosta served as the chairman of the 2006 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Legislative Conference where he worked with congressional and White House representatives to shape policy on comprehensive immigration reform. Acosta was a long tenured member of the Michigan Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors (MHCC) and also served as the Chamber’s General Counsel. He also represented the interests of the State of Michigan as a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Acosta also volunteered his time to human services organizations that served the Latino

community. He served with distinction as Board President of Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (LASED) and as legal counsel to SER Metro Detroit and Mexicantown Community Development Corporation.

reform. “We are confident we can get there, but we are going to need your help,” Obama said. “I know I am a little grayer now; it is not as trendy to be an Obama supporter because it is not as fresh. Those posters are kind of rolled up in some closet somewhere. “But my determination is unwavering, my passion to bring about change is undiminished. The need is still great. The American people are still relying on us. So I hope that you are game to work just as hard, if not harder, in the coming months to make sure we finish what we began. I will be counting on you, and more importantly, the American people are counting on you.” Earlier in the evening, Obama attended a fundraiser at Perry’s TV studios, a sprawling 60-acre complex of offices, soundstages, a backlot and a pond. Ticket prices for the event ranged from $250 to $10,000. Perry spoke about his rich imagination, but said he never thought there would be a day when a presidential motorcade — and an African-American president — would arrive at his studio. After hugging Obama on stage and introducing the president to the crowd, Perry turned to the 1,000 guests in amazement and asked, “How unbelievable is this?”

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He also encouraged Latino musical talent through his service on the Board of Directors of the Sphinx organization.

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Acosta graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1982 and cum laude from the University of DetroitMercy School of Law in 1988.

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Ruben Acosta is survived by his beloved wife, Esther, his two young sons, Andres and Rafael, his mother Maria Acosta, sister Jean Mary and brother Roger. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Ministries Children’s Home, PO Box 336 Plainfield, IN 46168.

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ing him of running to the media before negotiations on the city’s finances are even in place. Others have also pointed to Brown, including a popular political blog site as the one who initiated the idea of a Consent Agreement with Lansing. Brown has yet to publicly deny whether this is fact or fiction. How Detroit moves forward is more important than a war of words in the public square. The city cannot expect to ride this serious financial storm if the key players in the room don’t trust each other. We can’t expect to see any lasting progress in this hot button proposal if the various emissaries representing both Snyder and Bing fail to show they understand the magnitude of the crisis, or simply don’t have any faith in each other. Is it a case of a bad messenger carrying a good message or is it the other way around? But one thing the Consent Agreement did is it created an unprecedented show of unity of Detroit government despite the fractions that existed within that government. In other words, the agreement woke from slumber those local elected officials who were sleeping,

reveling in how much grandstanding and filibustering they can engage in, instead of a real plan to rescue struggling families in this city, rebuild Detroit and give confidence to businesses invested in this city. The bottom line is that Detroit will have to confront the reality of its economic crisis. Whether that becomes a payless payday — though Bing has vowed it won’t happen — we will soon know. Snyder and Bing need to call a truce at a joint press conference as soon as the governor returns from Italy and show their resolve to tackle this financial tsunami, and then let their aides come into the room and do the remaining work. If the aides are not capable or were responsible for the breakdown of communication, replace them immediately because this city’s future cannot afford mediocre representation or inept leadership. Snyder’s state treasurer, Andy Dillon, the former Democratic House Speaker, is not well liked in some quarters of city government, especially among some members of the Detroit City Council. If that’s because of Dillon’s cross-carpeting to the Synder Republican administration, that should not matter. He is the state


treasurer and his words and his pen carry a lot of weight.

the overall wellbeing of Detroit, its residents and businesses.

If the dislike for Dillon is part of what is fanning the strong opposition against the Consent Agreement, it certainly doesn’t help address the issues at hand.

In the last week I’ve received many calls and spoken with leaders across the spectrum of business and politics as well as residents who still have to wait for hours for emergency runs or police calls.

What the city and its leaders should do now is draft a constructive plan that makes the city financially sound and also protects the jewels of the city like the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and others. At the March 12 Michigan Chronicle Pancakes & Politics forum at the Detroit Athletic Club, Cynthia Pasky, CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions and the chairperson of the Detroit Downtown Partnership (the group of major downtown developers), adomonished the governor in a very subtle way about the need for him to make a careful and smart decision that would not lead to any possible unrest in the city in the coming summer. Pasky, a Detroiter, cited as an example the return of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix this summer, which draws international attention and visitors to Belle Isle, hoping that such events would not be halted or interrupted by decisions that could have adverse impact on

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two successful businessmen we have in Mayor Bing and Gov. Snyder would make a formidable duo to shepherd in the type of change our city needs. However, even with these two good men and all of their good intentions, there is no denying what lies ahead. Mr. Governor, we know that you have a job to do. We know that you cannot just sit idly by and watch the state’s largest city fall into bankruptcy. We know that as the chief executive officer of the state of Michigan, you have an ethical, legal and fiduciary obligation to protect all of the state. But as you contemplate this historic, monumental challenge to democracy with all of its nationally constitutional implications, allow me to provide you with some food for thought. 1. Keep real Detroiters empowered and at the table. 2. Remember that Detroit just recently elected five new council members; the citizens spoke loudly and wanted new voices. Now that we have them, they should not be stricken silent. If brought to the table properly, they could become great partners in executing your plans.

3. Once you decide to move forward with the Consent Agreement or emergency manager, move swiftly. Get in, fix the problems, and get out fast. 4. Keep your plans transparent and give city residents firsthand, person-toperson face time. Host town hall meetings, community hearings and whatever else is necessary to help residents understand your plan. You will without a doubt have a tough crowd but people will appreciate your doing so and respect the feedback. 5. Get some quick wins. Fix the street lights, fix EMS, fix the bus system. 6. Throughout it all remain mindful that the resistance you will receive is because Detroiters have been bamboozled in the past and many feel they are under siege. Above all else, we want you to understand that we want the same things as every other Michigander — good schools, safe neighborhoods and first-rate city services. In the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, we will prevail. Now, let’s get to work.

In hard times, democracy more important than ever By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Is democracy a luxury good in America, discarded when the going gets rough? Apparently Michigan’s Snyder thinks so.



In Michigan, Detroit and other cities have hit the wall. The Great Recession has devastated city finances. Everyone agrees tough steps are needed. Snyder’s response is what Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein calls economic “shock doctrine.” Use the crisis to force-feed an unpopular farright agenda: privatizing basic services; selling off public parks and assets for private gain; breaking labor contracts; laying off teachers, cops and other vital service providers. Meanwhile, the governor calls for cutting taxes for corporations, and his Republican colleagues in the House slash federal support for states and localities, intensifying the pressure.

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Citizens oppose this, so democracy itself must be trashed — particularly in majority minority cities. In Benton Harbor and Pontiac, the governor has invoked Public Act 4 and appointed emergency managers with extraordinary powers. The emergency managers can break all city contracts; abolish all city offices; sell off the public’s assets; pass and revoke laws, all without consultation or approval of the citizens’ elected representatives. In Detroit, Snyder has said, “Let’s have it so the city can keep running the city.” But his formulation of that doesn’t include the elected City Council members. Rather than invoking the economic martial law of Public Act 4, the governor has offered Detroit a “consent agreement.” Instead of an emergency manager, the governor’s draft would create a nineperson “Financial Advisory Board” with similarly unlimited budgetary and economic development powers. The mayor and City Council would name three board members; the governor would pick the rest.

Not surprisingly, the document has received a skeptical response from elected officials. U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) said he objects because the proposed agreement “essentially asks the city to forfeit its citizens’ rights in exchange for no tangible benefit.” The governor offers no new assistance from the state. While city workers face another blow, corporate vultures are circling, salivating at the possibilities of gentrifying public parks or profiting from privatized services. But Detroit didn’t cause the housing bubble or the Great Recession. It is bizarre that Wall Street’s excesses cause the mess and then the bill is sent to the victims. Moreover, Snyder and other Republican governors are competing to lower taxes on corporations and the wealthy, even as they savage services for working and poor families and sell off public assets. The result will starve vital investments — in infrastructure, in schools and children, in health care and worker training. This is a road to impoverishment. What’s needed instead is more democracy. Federal aid should be increased to cities and states to avoid layoffs. A regional development plan should be put together by federal, state and local officials. In the city, community meetings are needed to discuss diffi­cult choices. The mayor and the City Council should insist that the city’s creditors share in the sacrifice. Union workers have made significant concessions; they must not be trampled. It simply isn’t right to claim that contracts with banks and creditors are sacrosanct, while those with workers can be discarded. The financial elites who caused the mess should not be given dictatorial powers to clean it up. And democracy isn’t a luxury; it is a fundamental right. This column ran in the Chicago Sun Times

They want things to change, soon. The action or inaction of our leaders both in Detroit and Lansing can trigger a situation that would end up costing us more. To avert that situation, it is time for both Gov. Snyder and Mayor Bing to rebuild trust. Let’s face it,

the mark of a leader is his or her ability to inspire trust among those they expect to follow in their footsteps. Snyder and Bing would do well to ponder the words of Abraham Lincoln, “The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust,” and those of John F. Kennedy, “We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

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Education special needs. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged and supported. On Saturday, March 31, all DPS schools operating for fall 2012 plus many DPS-authorized charters will open their doors for an information day, opportunities to meet principals, staff and parent leaders, tours and nutrition. Shuttle busses will be available from six hubs, and some sites will offer free dental checkups, immunizations and more. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., each school will be open to allow parents to see schools firsthand and meet key leaders as part of the Open Enrollment Period.

the editor of the Michigan Chronicle and the author of a six-part series on the Obama presidency, including “Obama and Black Loyalty,” published last year. His latest book is”Obama and Christian Loyalty” with an epilogue written by Bob Weiner, former White House spokesman. His upcoming books in 2012 are  “Obama and Jewish Loyalty”and ”Obama and Business Loyalty.”  Listen to him every Thursday, 11:30 a.m., on WDET 101.9 FM Detroit and every Sunday, 9 to 10 p.m. on “The Obama Watch” program on WLIB 1190 AM-New York. Email bthomps,

From page A-1 Activities will include classroom visits, free meals, instructional technology and lab demonstrations, teacher presentations, student performances, and business/community partner information. The five-hour time block as well as the shuttle bus service will allow families to visit several schools in one day. More information is available in a brand new newsletter tabbed inserted first in today’s editions of the Michigan Chronicle and the Michigan FrontPage. For enrollment information, call (313) 240-4377 or visit

Consent, but don’t you dare dissent By Wendell Anthony A few years ago, Bobby McFerrin wrote a song titled “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Some of the lyrics are: Here’s a little song I wrote You might want to sing it note for note Don’t worry, be happy In every life we have some trouble But when you worry, you make it double Don’t worry, be happy ’Cause when you worry your face will frown And that will bring everybody down Don’t worry, be happy It will soon pass, whatever it is Don’t worry, be happy There seems to be a patriarchal arrogance concerning the citizens of Detroit and their leadership. This is very obvious when faced with the discussion of institutional changes affecting their very lives. So many pundits and predictors of gloom and doom have basically told Detroiters to shut up, be quiet, and just be happy that we’re coming to rescue you. After all, you have no choice but to accept what we have put on the table. The term consent refers to the provision of approval or agreement, particularly and especially after thoughtful consideration. There are various types of consent — among them implied, expressed, verbal, nonverbal or unanimous. If a person signs a document stating that he/she is aware of the hazards of an activity and that individual is then injured during that activity, the expressed consent given in advance excuses another person who caused an injury to that person. This is precisely why city leaders must be very thoughtful in considering any agreement signed between the state and the citizens of this community. We don’t want to be injured now and unable to heal ourselves later. It is important to remember that the citizens of Detroit have already given their consent when they elected their official representatives. Further, when persons suggest that they know better than we know about how to govern ourselves — let me remind everyone of a little document called the United States Constitution, in particular, the 14th Amendment, Section 1: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” In the state of Michigan, many of us no longer feel protected or able to pursue the liberties guaranteed by our Constitution. I beg to differ with those who suggest that people in Detroit do not want to work with the state and the governor in partnership. I differ with those who would suggest that the folks in Detroit are being divisive and uncooperative — almost like little children who should just be happy that someone even wants to look after them. This is not the case. Detroiters, like all US citizens, have the right and the responsibility to speak up and to challenge every level of government as it impacts the quality of their lives. This right has been guaranteed to us by the blood, sweat and tears that African Americans and others have sacrificed for our nation and are currently sacrificing in Afghanistan and Iraq. We do want to cooperate. We must fix some things that have been broken. We have the intelligence and the professionalism to govern ourselves and to correct what is not working. After all, look at the US Congress — the governor of our

state reminded us recently at the Pancakes & Politics breakfast that it was in a mess. Yet, no one is declaring a consent agreement or an emergency manager for the US Congress. If one looks around this state you will find school districts and muWendell Anthony nicipalities in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, etc., that are also in financial distress. They have neither been publicly named or shamed into getting their houses in order. What’s up with that? I know that some of you reading this will say that we just don’t want change. How wrong you are. I do want change, but not on bended knee. I prefer change standing up straight. I can then look everyone in the eye and we all can agree as to how we must change together. Change does not have to mean giving up my right to have elected leaders govern this city. There is a role for the state to have in partnering with our city. First, return the $226 million dollars that is owed by the state. This will help to offset the $137 million shortfall that is reportedly being guaranteed by this new consent agreement. Former governor John Engler agreed to pay this money which is still owed to the city. Detroit must look at ways to increase our population and to grow new revenues: ■ Belle Isle should be looked upon as a revenue generator (charging a small fee and working with the state and the Dept. of Natural Resources for assistance). ■ Bottle Detroit water and sell it. ■ Open the doors of Detroit for immigrants and persons to repopulate the community with special economic incentives, in addition to police and fire. ■ Provide enhanced vocational training and transportation for the citizens of Detroit to get the skills for new jobs and a way to get to the workplace. ■ Restructure city departments, as is currently being done for a city appropriate to the size and population of Detroit. ■ Grant the city an opportunity to have a special “Say Yes to Detroit” campaign to increase revenue. ■ Provide assistance to the City of Detroit in collecting overdue taxes where needed. I urge the state leadership to stop demanding that Detroit simply comply with what they are putting on the table. It’s like holding a gun to the head of someone and saying, “If you don’t comply, I’m going to blow you away.” At the same time Detroiters must not continue to believe that everything the state suggests is an indication of a takeover and that it is automatically bad for the people. These are hard times. These are difficult decisions. However, if you really are concerned about the people then listen to the concerns from the people. We did not get where we are in a few months. We have arrived at this moment in time after several generations. Time is important, but let us be thoughtful. Let us be thorough. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “The time is always right to do what is right.” The question for all of us is, will we do it? Wendell Anthony is president of the Detroit Branch NAACP.

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March is National Women’s History Month

Comerica’s female leaders celebrate spirit of women’s empowerment March is National Women’s History Month and Comerica Bank is joining in the effort to pay tribute to the generations of women whose contributions have proved invaluable to society.


he theme of this year’s celebration is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment. According to, the theme was chosen because although women now outnumber men in American colleges nationwide, the reversal of the gender gap is a recent phenomenon. The fight to learn was a valiant struggle waged by many tenacious women – across years and across cultures – in our country. Comerica Bank joins many organizations nationwide in the celebration of women’s education and women’s empowerment. But celebrating women doesn’t happen just once a year at Comerica. In fact, Comerica Bank currently operates 16 diverse Market Segmentation Initiative (MSI) teams, one of which is the longstanding Comerica Women’s Initiative. These teams are comprised of colleagues appointed by managers from various business units who develop and implement strategies and tactics to effectively reach customer prospects in the selected target market segments. The primary purpose of the Comerica Women’s Initiative is to attract and strengthen relationships with female customers and prospects. Team members build relationships with community leaders and centers of influence in industries that support and assist female professionals and entrepreneurs. The goal of the group is to grow Comerica’s presence and enhance the bank’s image within the women’s market. The ultimate goal is to become the bank of choice among female professionals and entrepreneurs.

ment and giving back are Comerica colleagues Christine Moore and Gigi Moore. The employees, who are not related, have both been selected to receive the Michigan Chronicle’s 2012 Women of Excellence Award. Gigi Moore’s desire and dedication to educate youth, AfricanAmericans and professionals in finance makes her an exceptional asset to her community and to Comerica Bank. In her work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gigi Moore has been able to expand her reach into the community and share her experiences and wealth of knowledge with local youth. Through the sorority, Gigi Moore volunteers with local elementary schools to introduce children to the financial world and help them develop a better understanding of money management. Mentorship is a fundamental component in all of Gigi Moore’s community involvement. Formally, she mentors other minority professionals through the Urban Financial Services Coalition. In addition, she informally mentors youth through her community involvement with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and through her church. Through mentoring youth and professionals, Gigi Moore is able to share her experiences and knowledge of the banking industry to make a tangible difference in her community. Christine Moore mentors her colleagues at the bank through Comerica’s leadership program. She said she strives to give honest advice and share experiences that may help her mentees create and continue their success at Comerica. Christine Moore also advises her peers on the trials of balancing work and life as they grow personally and in their careers.

During Christine Moore’s Comerica’s work in this 21 years in the banking industry area includes signature inshe has worked continuously formation and outreach proto exemplify excellence in her grams created and delivered field. She has maintained her by Comerica colleague exCertified Public Accounting perts in the areas of personal certification since the beginning financial planning, wealth of her career and has successbuilding and small business fully obtained certifications in management. Comerica also Information Systems Auditing proudly collaborates with Comerica colleagues Gigi Moore (left) and Christine Moore (right) and Anti-Money Laundering. In many organizations that sup- have been selected to receive the Michigan Chronicle’s 2012 Women addition, she is currently workport the unique needs of of Excellence Award. ing to become certified as a women such as the National Fiduciary Risk Specialist. With Association of Women Business Owners, Inforum, the Center for a personal goal to always strive for continual improvement, ChrisEmpowerment and Economic Development, the Michigan Wom- tine Moore said she invests in her education and always works en’s Foundation and many more. toward professional excellence. Patti Griswold, senior vice president and regional manager for Comerica Bank can attest to the bank’s ongoing support of women in business through organizations such as these. Griswold has been an active member of Infourm since 2004 and currently serves as secretary for the board of directors and on the West Michigan Regional Council. “I absolutely feel Comerica has supported me as a female in my personal and professional development in a number of ways,” said Griswold. “Comerica does a wonderful job of financially supporting many community organizations, including Inforum, that are dedicated to empowering women and helping female professionals grow and cultivate strong relationships.” Comerica Bank Vice President and National Manager of Diversity Initiatives Caroline Chambers, highlights the fact that both women and men play a vital role in advancing the work of the Comerica Women’s Initiative. “The efforts of our executive management team, as well many of our female and male colleagues, have driven creative and meaningful outreach to support the financial services needs of women who manage their professional lives, private business enterprises, families and homes,” said Chambers. “We have a proud history of developing, mentoring and promoting women across all levels of our organization.” Many female Comerica colleagues also volunteer or serve on boards of nonprofit organizations that support the specific needs of women and girls throughout the greater Detroit community. Two such women that exemplify this spirit of women’s empower-

Two other women who have garnered recognition for their work to empower women are Linda Forte and Amal BerryBrown. Linda D. Forte, senior vice president of business affairs and chief diversity officer for Comerica Bank, has been selected by the Michigan Women’s Foundation as one of the top 25 Women Making a Difference. Forte was chosen as part of a select group of women who make a positive impact and improve the lives of girls throughout Michigan every day. She will be honored at a ceremony at MotorCity Casino Hotel on March 26. Comerica Bank Manager of Middle Eastern Affairs and Diversity Education Manager Amal Berry-Brown has been selected to receive the Red Tape Buster Award from the Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). The organization salutes Berry-Brown for her involvement in consistently demonstrating a commitment to helping women business owners. She will be recognized during an awards luncheon at the San Marino Club in Troy on March 29. Comerica is just one of countless organizations in which women are paving the way for future success. The National Women’s History Month celebration provides an opportunity to reflect upon the contributions of these and other women to the Detroit community and to society as a whole, although many organizations such as Comerica Bank make it a point to celebrate women’s empowerment all year long. For more information as well as educational resources about Women’s History Month visit


Busting through the red tape By Amal Berry-Brown Comerica Bank Manager of Middle Eastern Affairs, Diversity Education Manager

During the month of March as we take a look at the contributions of female leaders who have paved the way for us, it’s a reminder of not only how far we’ve come, but also of what we must do to continue along the path of success. As a member of Comerica Bank’s Women’s Initiative, I serve as liaison to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) – a partnership that has been in existence since the early 1990s. This relationship has been very beneficial for Comerica and NAWBO from a business development perspective, and has provided benefits to the general NAWBO membership. Comerica’s Power Perks program is a specialized program for NAWBO members

women’s empowerment. The beauty of this is that we have amazing female leadership throughout our organization. This is key because as good as leaders may be, if they don’t receive support from senior management and the company as a whole, they may not achieve their full potential. To me, it goes back to the idea of having a family structure that encourages their children to be confident, good citizens of society.

who are also Comerica customers. This program provides specialized customer service to female business owners, as well as perks such as membership dues reimbursements, a free subscription to Crain’s Detroit Business magazine and much more. Nationwide statistics show us that the fastest growing businesses are in fact women-owned. At Comerica we understand that women entrepreneurs are slightly different in their needs, and we work hard to understand their business so we can be successful in serving them. As a female I learned early on in my career to always challenge boundaries, ask questions and never accept a blanket answer. That is why I am so humbled and honored to have been selected to receive the 2012 Red Tape Buster Award from NAWBO’s Greater Detroit Chapter. This award recognizes a woman who has consis-

Amal Berry-Brown tently demonstrated a commitment to helping women business owners. To me it’s no surprise to hear that so many Comerica women have been nominated and honored with recent awards surrounding the theme of

Comerica offers that sort of structure from a business perspective. All of our colleagues are given the tools they need to succeed, and an avenue to be recognized for the work that they do. As we look back at female leaders throughout our history, there have been some very prominent leaders in our own community who have paved the way for other women to leave their mark in the world. Accelerat-

ing the cause of women’s empowerment is something I hold very dear to my heart. As a mother, I want my daughter to grow up understanding the power that she possesses as a woman, as well as the history of the struggles we have faced. Society historically taught women to take the back seat. But when we come together to celebrate the successes of other females, it creates a very strong sisterhood. It’s empowering to see where we’ve come from and how we can continue to move forward in business and in society. This month I encourage everyone to take a moment to explain to our children the importance of Women’s History Month and all the contributions women have made. They are the leaders of the future. It’s important to give the next generation a solid understanding of women’s history to excel in those efforts in the years to come.

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Michigan Economy Improves in December Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index rose two points in December, up to a level of 91. The December index level is 31 points, or 52 percent, above the index cyclical low of 60. The index averaged 91 points in 2011, seven points above the 84 point average for all of 2010. “Strong U.S. auto sales, accelerating through the fourth quarter of 2011, and so far into 2012, have been an upside surprise for the Michigan economy. The uptick in our Michigan index for December comes as motor vehicle production ramped up and state exports surged late in the year,” said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comerica Bank. “Scheduled motor vehicle production through the first half of 2012 looks very strong, expected to grow at a 10 percent annual rate, and this will help Michigan continue to heal from the brutal downdraft of the Great Recession. With strong support to the state’s manufacturing sector, I Robert A. Dye expect to see healthy gains in private nonmanufacturing hiring through 2012.”








As of this release, the Michigan Economic Activity Index has been reconfigured to more accurately reflect in

As of this release, the Michigan Economic Activity Index has been points in reconthe business cycle. The revised Michigan Index consists of seven variables, as follows: nonfarm p figured to more accurately reflect inflection points in the business cycle. The exports, sales revised Michigan Index consists of seven variables, as follows: nonfarm pay- tax revenues, hotel occupancy rates, continuing claims for unemployment insurance, building p rolls, exports, sales tax revenues, hotel occupancy rates, continuing claims and motor vehicle production. All data are seasonally adjusted, as necessary, and indexed to a base year o for unemployment insurance, building permits, and motorNominal vehicle producvalues have been converted to constant dollar values. Index levels are expressed in terms of three tion. All data are seasonally adjusted, as necessary, and indexed to a base moving year of 2004. Nominal values have been converted to constant dollaraverages. values. Index levels are expressed in terms of three-month moving averages.

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“Strong U.S. auto sales, accelerating through the fourth quarter of 2011, and so far into 2012, have been an surprise for the Michigan economy. The uptick in our Michigan index for December comes as motor production ramped up and state exports surged late in the year,” said Robert Dye, Chief Economist at Comeric March 21-27, 2012 “Scheduled motor vehicle production through the first half of 2012 looks very strong, expected to grow at a 10 annual rate, and this will help Michigan continue to heal from the brutal downdraft of the Great Recessio strong support to the state’s manufacturing sector, I expect to see healthy gains in private nonmanufacturing through 2012.”



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A new course between Sinai-Grace and community By Reginald J. Eadie GUEST EDITORIAL This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. When the first shovelful of earth is turned on Friday morning March 23 for the new $77-million expansion and upgrade of the DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital Emergency Department, many of us who live and work in northwest Detroit will be saying a quiet prayer of Reginald J. Eadie thanks. We’ll also be celebrating the start of an exciting new era in healthcare for the citizens of a community that is determined to make life better — and healthier — for every one of its residents. Make no mistake: the improvements that are coming to Sinai-Grace will provide the world-class facility for the world-class medical care which generations of Detroiters have received since the founding of the city’s original Grace Hospital, way back in 1888. For more than 100 years now, this hallowed urban institution has been a vitally important thread in the fabric of our shared lives together in Detroit. At Sinai-Grace (formed by the merger of Grace and Sinai Hospitals in 1999) – where I myself spent 14 years as an Emergency Department physician, before taking on my current role as hospital president this year – our passionate commitment has always been to protecting the health of the people who depend on our facility for life-saving and life-enhancing medical care. There’s no doubt that this commitment will be deepened and enriched by the dramatic transformation which is about to make Sinai-Grace an even better hospital in the years immediately up ahead. As we all know, the Emergency Department at DMC Sinai-Grace has long served as the “front door” of the hospital . . . a place where more than 100,000 patients are treated each year. For these countless thousands over the years, Sinai-Grace has been a beacon of hope . . . a warm and welcoming harbor of safety where injured children were treated and then sent home to their relieved parents. It has been a place where senior citizens were helped through the first difficult minutes of a stroke or a heart attack . . . a place where neighborhood residents struggling with frightening asthma attacks or emergency diabetes-related health issues were calmed and treated and eventually discharged to resume their lives. During my 14 years as an Emergency Department physician at Sinai-Grace, I witnessed the daily interaction between our medical staff and the community we serve. I watched – “up close and personal” – as we treated and soothed the terrified child who’d fallen off a bicycle . . . or the frightened senior who was experiencing chest pains and didn’t know what may be coming next. Having grown up in this community, near 7-Mile and Livernois – where I attended Pasteur Elementary and Hally Middle School, before studying medicine at Wayne State – I had long been aware of the urgent medical needs of the people of northwest Detroit. During all those years in the SinaiGrace ED, I gained a powerful understanding of how deeply this hospital has been woven into the life of our proud and resilient community. And that’s why – as SGH president today – I feel so excited and so hopeful about the vast improvements that are coming to our Emergency Department (ED) in the months and the years that will follow Friday’s groundbreaking.

Indeed, the comprehensive upgrade

of the Sinai-Grace ED – most of which will be completed by the end of 2014 – will transform the facility into a brand-new, state-ofthe-art treatment center more than twice as large as the one we know today.

As many commentators have been pointing out in recent days, the dramatic renovation that we will celebrate on Friday represents a giant step forward for both our caregivers and our patients . . . all of whom will soon begin to benefit from the major expansion of our space and the major upgrade of high-tech medical tools aimed at making our emergency care as good as any being provided anywhere in the world today. For a physician who has spent the largest part of his career working in the Sinai-Grace ED, that’s a thrilling prospect, indeed. But for me personally, the most rewarding and the most hopeful aspect of the groundbreaking ceremonies will be the way in which they underline a promising new “healthcare partnership” that is now taking shape between the hospital and its surrounding community. That partnership is going to emphasize as never before the crucial importance of Sinai-Grace as a resource for improving the health of our community in the days ahead.

As study after study has shown in recent years, the health of a community is intimately related to the effectiveness of prevention and education programs designed to reduce the level of health risks associated with such chronic, lifestyle-related conditions as obesity, hypertension, nicotine addiction, drug addiction and all the rest. Let’s face it: the research data that describes these health risks for our community are both troubling and challenging. Here in northwest Detroit, for example, we have the highest incidence of chronic kidney disease in the country . . . a rate that is 2.6 times the national average. We also exceed the national average rate for the incidence of diabetes, heart disease and such chronic lung diseases as COPD. Of course, it’s no secret that many of these ailments can be prevented – or at least minimized – by more effective use of health education tools and lifestyleenhancement techniques designed to reduce the risk of illnesses that can often prove disabling or fatal. As the author of two recent books on how lifestyle change rooted in spiritual understanding can dramatically improve health, I’m passionately committed to making Sinai-Grace a center of healthenhancing education and prevention in the days ahead. I’m also committed – along with so many of my neighbors and medical colleagues and community leaders all across northwest Detroit – to the new health partnership that will be symbolized powerfully on Friday morning, when the groundbreaking at Sinai-Grace marks the start of what will be a new era in healthcare for this community. For all of us who will be part of this promising and hope-inspiring partnership, the groundbreaking ceremonies will be a moment of profound dedication to our shared dream of making life better for everyone in a community that has for so long been served – and served faithfully – by DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. Reginald J. Eadie, M.D., president of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital, is the author of “How to Eat and Live Longer” (2008) and “Eating From the Tree of Life” (to be published later this year).

Detroit’s Kabuki with the consent agreement By Bill Johnson

of clergy. Some accept paid staff positions, compromising any “moral authority” they have. Others receive special land deals to build huge, expensive edifices in poverty-prone neighborhoods.

Some years ago, I attended a presentation of the Grand Kabuki at the Kennedy Center for the Performance Arts in Washington, D.C. As with the renowned Japanese coordinated dance - or drama - where the participants engage in elaborate imitations, we are watching Detroit’s version of Kabuki Theater played out on the political stage.

Rev. Williams’ use of the word “hypocrisy” was particularly intriguing.

There was a time when the church was a powerful force that held neighborhoods and families together. Today’s church leaders To put this in perspecare revealing a flawed and tive, the word Kabuki means unflattering characterisout of the ordinary; avant- Bill Johnson tic, an acute talent for the garde or bizarre theater. melodramatic and not much else. Their With the D.C. performance, it wasn’t preacher tones and flaming rhetoric prountil the actors came out for the curtain vide a convenient backdrop for public call did the audience become aware that policy exaggeration. But by and large, the entire cast was comprised of men Detroit churches don’t have a good masquerading as women. It was a fasci- record of doing what churches are supnating charade. posed to do. No less beguiling are the events over I would hazard a guess that Detroit the past few weeks in which a group of has more churches per capita than most ministers and so-called community lead- American cities. For sure the city is ers rallied against the consent decree home to some of the worse poverty and offered by Gov. Rick Snyder to solve De- the most violence found anywhere. troit’s fiscal problems. Their opposition An even harsher reality is that too is no less a farce. many children and adolescents reach The worst kind of double stan- adulthood uneducated, unemployable dard raised its unholy head when Rev. and lacking moral direction and a vision Charles Williams and his cohorts sided for a productive future. with Mayor Dave Bing in his effort to maintain control of city finance and op- You would think that with so much turmoil surrounding their churches erations. preachers would have enough to do pro “We are calling, unequivocally, Gov. viding prayers and hope for members of Snyder a liar,” said Rev. Williams, the their congregations. Michigan chapter president of the National Action Network, an organization Young people, after all, not only based in New York and founded by the need guidance and protection from the infamous Rev. Al Sharpton. “We are scourge of crime, the homes in which standing up (against) hypocrisy,” con- many of them reside need liberation from tinued the key organizer in the fight to the culture of poverty and dependency. repeal Michigan’s emergency manager What better institution than the church to promote the message that adequately law. raising children is half the battle for safe The position taken by the opposition and stable neighborhoods? might make sense if church and political leaders weren’t torn between prin- Efforts by the clergy leadership to move the city into political directions ciple and political expediency. that have no practical significance, and Local ministers have been reluctant where they have no expertise, is not in to hold the mayor and council’s feet to the best interest of their flock. All of us the fire because many of them covet po- would be better served if they focused litical patronage, which color their view on “soul” saving rather than playing fast and blunt their criticism of officehold- and loose with the tenets of the churc ers. Some operate Head Start programs for the sake of power and influence. or receive other contracts and government grants. Mayoral or council appoint- As best, they merely pretend to repments to panels, boards and commis- resent symbols of propriety. At worst, sions might turn up healthy numbers they epitomize Detroit’s Kabuki Theater of the absurd.

What is happening to our young people? It is sad reality, but we as a city and, more importantly, as a people have become jaded. Heinous crimes have become so commonplace that we do not get nearly as upset as we should, as we once did. The crime statistics and the criminal descriptions make something else clear: An ever-grow-

ing number of murders — even of infants and toddlers — are committed by young Black people, often teens with guns. That’s in addition to the robberies, thefts, bullying, etc. Why have their consciences been seared? Where is their sense of right and wrong? Have they ever been taught anything by parents or other

responsible adults? Are we now paying the price of the epidemic of “babies making babies”? Will the young criminals be a hindrance to Detroit’s struggle to revitalize itself? And looking at the big picture, is it “too late”? So many questions, so few concrete answers. — Jason Donovan, Detroit

The vanishing Black middle class By George Curry A chapter in the National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America report reached a sobering conclusion about the Black middle class. “Our analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will clearly establish that whether one looks at education, income or any other meaningful measure, almost all the economic gains that Blacks have made in the last 30 years have been lost in the Great Recession that started in December 2007 and in the anemic recovery that has followed since June, 2009. “This means that the size of the Black middle class is shrinking, the fruits that come from being in the Black middle class are dwindling, and the ladders of opportunity for reaching the Black middle class are disappearing.” That’s pretty strong language from the four authors: Chanelle P. Hardy, Valerie R. Wilson, Madura Wijewardena

and Garrick T. Davis. But they provide strong figures to buttress their case. The Black median household income in 2010 was $32,106. That’s 30 percent less than the comparable figure for Whites. In today’s dollars, that’s where the White median household income stood in 1980. Even with the tremendous income gap, the Black median household income increased by 32 percent between 1992 and 2000. White income increased by 14 percent over that same time period. The latest economic downturn has eroded many of those gains. “The Great Recession and the recovery has led to a dramatic widening of the gap between White and Black middle class income households,” the report stated. “Although both Blacks and Whites suffered declining median household income during and since the recession, the decline for Blacks has been considerably higher – between 2008 and 2010, White median household income fell by 2.9% while the Black median household

income fell by 7.7%.” A similar decline can be seen in home ownership. Education, the ladder to upward mobility, is also going in the wrong direction. “An especially troubling trend can be observed by looking at the fortunes of those with a 4-year college degree,” the report observed. “The most significant impact of this trend has been on Black college graduates who saw their unemployment rates skyrocket to an average of 7.1% in 2011. “This led to an unprecedented widening of the gap between Black and White college graduates –in 1972, the gap between the unemployment rates of Blacks and White college graduates was 1.4 percentage points and in 2011 it had increased to 3.2 percentage points.” Middle class can be defined generally as having income that places one in the middle of overall income distribution.

And because White household income is more than 1.5 times Black income, a White family must earn more than African-Americans in order to be considered middle class. Even though Blacks still trail Whites in income, there was no significant Black middle class before the modern Civil Rights Movement. After the Civil Rights Movement and affirmative action opened the doors of opportunity, they are now being slammed in our face. The National Urban League chapter on the Black middle class did not address the issue of Black net worth, which has also been pummeled. Despite the Republican crusade for smaller government, the National Urban League report argues that the federal government must be an active partner if these blows to the Black middle class are to be reversed.

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Money may come to you from an unlikely source this week. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunity. Let your words this week paint the images of better ways of being in the world for yourself and for those under your care.


You may decide to visit a friend you haven’t seen in a while, or you may hear from one while you are at work. How did they get your number? You’ll be pleased to connect again with this person.


You are full of ideas this week, and some of them have practical application. Pick and choose which ones to test as you move through your week. Keep a very positive outlook on all relationships.


Too much information is as confining as too little information for you. Try to find a balance in your conversations with others. Listen and observe, and you’ll learn the thing that you are looking for this week.


A humanitarian cause may get you out to a meeting with others of likemindedness this week. You’ll meet

some interesting people, and also get a new view of how you are perceived by others if you go. Enjoy!


Everybody’s in a full-moon frenzy regarding relationship issues. Listen to what others are saying, and chart your own course through this week. If you are in a relationship, remember what brought you together with this person in the first place, and be glad for what you’ve had.


Your intuition is trying to tell you something. Be still for a bit and let the message come. You know when to exercise caution, and when to let go and revel in pleasure. There’s much pleasure in your life this week.


Put one of your new ideas into action this week and see how it feels as you work through your routine. You are in command of how you think this week, so use this beneficial energy to accomplish some of the things you’ve been wanting to do.


Every positive idea you have is likely to be challenged this week, so you may want to keep your bril-



This week’s the week to communicate those ideas. People will seem to be much more receptive and less grouchy. Make sure that your ideas have some practical actions that can be taken, so that people will know how to respond to you.


You are the messenger of freedom this week, and if you are not careful with your words, you’ll find that some people don’t want to be liberated. Not to worry, just go your merry way and enjoy yourself. Others will learn from what you are doing.

The Memory Train

A racist group has hooked up with “Bubba” Serling, so-called cousin of screenwriter-producer”Twilight Zone”- narrator Rod Sterling. They have just entered into “The Try White Zone.” This group which was fed up with African Americans and joined together and wished themselves away to a place where there was an America without Black people. At firrst, these people breathed a sigh of relief. At last they said, no more crime, drugs, violence and welfare. All of the Blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in. The “new America” was not America, but mostly barren land. There were few if any cars because “Spikes,” the Black man, invented the automatic gear-shift. Joseph Gambol, another Black man, invented the super charge system for internal combustion engines. Garrett A. Morgan, who was Black, invented traffic signals. Furthermore, one could not use the rapid transit system because its procurer was the electric trolley, which was invented by another Black Man, Albert R. Robinson. Even if there where streets on which cars and a rapid transit system could operate, they were cluttered with paper because an African American, Charles Brooks, invented the street sweeper.

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There would be few if any n e w s papers, magazines and books because J o h n Love invented the fountain pen. T h e r e is still more.

Lee Barrage invented the typewriting machine. W.A. Love invented the advanced printing press and guess what? They were Black also. Even if Americans could write their letters, articles and books, they would not have been transported by mail because William Barry invented the postmarking and canceling machine. William Purveys invented the hand stamp and Philip Downing invented the letter drop. Now you readers are in for stillmore surprises. Lawn sprinklers and lawn mowers were invented by Joseph Smith. They noticed the ventilation in the homes were terrible, and it was Frederick Jones who invented the Air Conditioner. Alice Parker invented the heat-


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2011-2012 Lambda Chi chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, a professional nursing organization, convenes First row (seated on floor) from left: Alisa Smith, Carmon Weekes, Jewel Burrell-Jackson, Krystal Boddie, Anderia Jackson, Dorothy Broach-Weeks, Saran Hollier and Jade Curry-Burns. Second row, seated (from left): Barbara Price-Orr, Denise Bailey, Sharon Burnett, Mary Marshall, Dr. Nutrena Tate (president), Jonnie Hamilton, Marian Andrews, Mattie Warren. Third row (from left), Marcellette Carter, Betty Howard, Rosella Miller, Bernice Williams, Mary Justice, Vivian Dortch, Betty Cooper, Marquita Hall, Addie Gold, Karen Dukes, Cheryl Rorie, Bevely Roberts, Paulette Donehue, Cordelia Tucker and Barbara Bass. Fourth row (from left): Melissa Franklin, Pamela Latimore, Tammie Williams, Dorothy Lawson, Beverly Jackson, Marla Gresham, Pamela Whitesell, Roberta Talbot, Fredericka Robinson, Janeice Hampton, Lindsay Reed, Willia Miller, Lucretia Johnson, Karen Williams, Gloria Graham, Patricia Meade-White, Beverly Baul, Marci Simon-Burell, Evelyn Sims, Shakyra Stanfield, Linda Burks, Hazel Cowan and Rosella Barnes.

Men and Women’s Day The Historic Carter Metropolitan C.M.E. Church will present its Men and Women’s Day celebration on March 25. The theme: “He’s an AWESOME GOD…Tell it!” The guest speaker will be Dr. Daveda J. Colbert, superintendent of the Oak Park School District. Praise and worship Dr. Daveda J. Colbert

at 10:30 a.m. The service begins at 10:45 a.m. Carter Metropolitan C.M.E. Church is located at 1510-12 W. Grand Blvd. at the corner of W. Warren. Rev. Dr. Faith A. Allen is the pastor. For more information, call (313) 895-6744.

Perkins to emcee March of Dimes fashion show

The Metropolitan Detroit March of Dimes presents the 59th Annual Fashion Extravaganza, ”What’s Hip, What’s Hot and What’s Now.” Huel Perkins of Fox 2 News will serve as the celebrity emcee. The fashion show and luncheon will take place Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at the St. John’s Banquet and Conference Center, 22001 Northwest- Huel Perkins

ern Hwy. in Southfield. Tickets: Runway $65 and floor $55.

For more information, call Stacey Skipp at (313) 574-7962. Chairperson: Lynn Burgess Holmes, General co-chair: Rosalind Simmons. Steering Committee chairperson: Violet Ponders. Fashion coordinator: Carey Williams.

William F. Clinkscales celebrates a century On March 16, William F. Clinkscales of Southfield turned 100 years old. The following day, he was honored by members of the Church of God of Detroit, 12000 Schafer Hwy. “I’ve covered a lot of territory but I feel good,” Clinkscales said of his landmark birthday. Mr. Clinkscales, the eldest of four chiildren, was born into segregation, lived through integration and has seen the first Black person elected president. Through it all, he has William F. Clinkscales kept a positive attitude, grounded in his Christian “There is no failure,” said Clinkscales. “What faith. God has promised, He will

Detroit 13th District U.S. Congressman Hansen Clarke presented her a Congressional Resolution. She was also honored with a resolution by fellow Detroit-area members of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Juanita Hammond Civil War (DUV).

100th birthday

Family and friends gathered

Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, NBC former “Biggest Loser” Carla Triplett and other Detroit notables will gather at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Friday and Saturday, March 2324, to celebrate Black Marriage Day. This will mark the second straight year that the museum has partnered with another well-established, community-based nonprofit in Detroit, the Marriage Resource Center, to promote the African American family through this national initiative. Winfrey will help to open Black Marriage Day 2012 on Friday evening by delivering the keynote address, “Marriage Is For Us,” with her husband, former Detroit Public Schools board president Tyrone Winfrey. Couples will be treated to valuable insight to help strengthen their marriages from special guests throughout the weekend event, as well as being able to renew their vows, dine and dance the night away, compete for prizes and more.

see carried out. What’s supposed to be for you, don’t worry, you’ll get it. And you don’t have to run over nobody either.” Black Marriage Day, celebrated During his life, Mr. typically Clinkscales toiled in a during the last weekend steel mill, spent 30 years in March, was launched in as a teamster in Chicago, 2002 by Nisa Muhammad, did modeling work, and wife of a Washington, was known for his ball- D.C., neighborhood comroom dancing moves. missioner and founder of After retiring from Mur- a national initiative called nane Paper Co. in 1979, Wedded Bliss, to encourhe drove trucks haul- age African Americans to ing money for Chicago’s embrace an institution that has been on the deSouth Shore Bank. cline within this commu Aside from not drink- nity for decades. Now, ing or smoking, Clink- museums, city halls, comscales offers this advice munity centers, houses of for living a long life: worship and other locales “Black or white, treat in some 300 communities around the country everybody right.” observe the tenth annual Black Marriage Day.

Juanita Hammond, celebrates 100th birthday Juanita Hammond, former head of the Art Center Music School in Detroit, was feted by a host of family, friends and former coworkers recently at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in celebration of her 100th birthday.

The Wright Museum, Marriage Resource Center unite to celebrate Black Marriage Day 2012

Mrs. Hammond was born March 6, 1912 in Springfield, Ill., to Rufus and Mayme Osby Jackson. She moved to Detroit in 1940. She was the administrative assistant to the Dr. Nellie Huger Ebersole, director of the Art Center Music School, and served as acting director after the latter’s passing. She was honored by the Detroit News in 1998 as one of 12 Michiganians of the Year.

Advance tickets to Black Marriage Day 2012 are $50 per couple and $30 per individual, and can be purchased at the museum by phone at (800) 838-3006 or online at for. Tickets will be available for $55 per couple and $35 per individual at the door on Friday evening, March 23. Couples that have married at the Wright Museum can purchase tickets at a special rate of $45 in advance. Sponsors of this event include Meijer, Best Western PLUS Sterling Inn, Songs of Solomon Marriage Ministries, Petals & Gems and others.

Mrs. Hammond has one son, Elwyn Bush, and a granddaughter, Jocelyn Founded in 1965 and Bush, both of Detroit. located at 315 E. Warren Avenue in Detroit’s Cultural Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience.

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Rotunda, 6 p.m. • Welcome (Carla Triplett, former contestant, NBC’s

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• Together As One, an ensemble of married couples performing to “The Only One” by Ayiesha Woods (choreography by Sondra Jackson, director, Spirit of the Moment) • “Marriage Is For Us,” keynote address (Janice and Tyrone Winfrey, Detroit City Clerk and Chief of Staff, Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, respectively) • Photo/essay contest. Couples will be able to have their photo taken by Kennette Lamar of Annistique Photography, and submit that photo along with a written essay about their relationship to a team of experts who will judge a winning couple in several categories, including:

Most Enduring — For a couple married at least 15 years and still passionate about one another. Overcomers — For a couple that has faced, and beat, great hardship to stay together. Against The Odds — For a couple currently facing hardship, yet staying together. Most Bountiful — For a couple that, together, has four or more children (not to include blended marriages). For complete information, please contact Angela King at The Wright Museum at, or Kimberly Austin, executive director of the Marriage Resource Center, at (313) 278-4400, kimberlytaustin@gmail. com, or



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Tony Dungy keynote speaker for event benefiting Detroit students The Tougaloo College Alumni Association, Detroit Chapter, is pleased to present “An Evening with Tony Dungy,” at their inaugural fundraiser, which will benefit metropolitan Detroit students currently enrolled and entering Tougaloo College.

the American Diabetes Association. The theme for this year’s event is “Mentoring Detroit’s Youth Today.” The Tougaloo College Alumni Association, Detroit Chapter, is dedicated to ensuring that local students have access to a quality education at one of the nation’s oldest historically Black colleges.

The event will take place April 14, 6:30 p.m., in the Renaissance Ballroom at the Detroit Marriot in the Renaissance Center. Dungy is a former NFL player and retired coach of the Tampa Bucca- Tony Dungy neers and the Indianapo- in America,” Dungy relis Colts. In 2007, he led mains a driving force in the Indianapolis Colts sports and the media. He to a Super Bowl victory, has authored four books making him the first Afri- and is involved in a wide can American coach to win variety of charitable orgathe prestigious Lomdardi nizations, including Big Trophy. As an author, Brothers Big Sisters, Boys mentor and commentator & Girls Clubs, Fellowship on NBC’s “Football Night of Christian Athletes and

Rev. Sylvestor Hunter

Rev. C.L. Franklin

The Princeton Review listed Tougoloo College as one of the Best Colleges in the Southeast, and the Washington Monthly selected Tougaloo College among the Top 20 liberal arts institutions in the nation. Please feel free to visit Tougaloo College, at to learn more about its rich history and academic accomplishments.

Tickets are $100.

Swanson speaks at Mt. Zion In honor of Black History Month, O’Neil D. Swanson, president and CEO, Swanson Funeral Homes Inc. served as guest speaker at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Sterling L. Jones is pastor. Pictured (from left) are Linda Swanson, vice president, Swanson Funeral Homes Inc., the Rev. Dr. Sterling L. Jones, First Lady Gwen Jones, O’ Neil D. Swanson Sr., Kimberly Swanson-Thomas, Haley Thomas, Wayne Thomas and Alexa Thomas (center).

Caring Kids sponsoring 21st annual Miss Charity Rose Beauty Pageant Caring Kids, a 28-year nonprofit organization, sponsors its 21st annual Miss Charity Rose Beauty Pageant Spring 2012 at the Southfield Embassy Suites Hotel. All pageant proceeds feed the homeless community and the adopt-a-family Christmas

program. Girls age 4 to 16 are welcome to participate. A winner is crowned in five age group competitions. All participants receive a trophy and gift bag. Pageant registration is March 31 and participants must RSVP.

To register, contact Mrs. Watkins at (313) 6148675. Visit them online at, e-mail or write at PO Box 23161, Detroit, MI 48223.

Rev. Robert Smith Jr.

Historic New Bethel Baptist Church 80th Anniversary Banquet Celebration Special tribute to the late Rev. Dr. of Union Baptist Church, Fort Wayne, C.L. Franklin pastor of New Bethel Indiana. Yolanda F. Rushing, general Baptist Church for 38 years chairperson, Fannie L. Tyler, honorThe 80th Anniversary Banquet Cel- ary chairperson, Rev. Robert Smith, Jr. ebration will be held Friday night, March senior pastor.

30, at The International Banquet Center, 400 Monroe St. (in Greektown). Guest speaker is Rev. Sylvester Hunter, Pastor

For more information, call the church office at (313) 894-5788.

‘The Seven Last Words of Christ’ The Music Department of Carter Metropolitan CME Church is presenting “The Seven Last Words of Christ” sacred cantata on Palm Sunday, April 1, at 6 p.m. The community is invited to fellowship and experience an evening of sacred music in remembrance of our Lord and

Savior, Jesus Christ. Sybil Scales, choir president, Muriel Vaughn, music director, Rev. Dr. Faith A. Allen, pastor. Carter Metropolitan CME Church is located at 1510-12 W. Grand Blvd. at the corner of W. Warren. For more information, call (313) 8956744.


Urban Revitalization: Strengthening our Core A discussion on what needs to be done to strengthen the state’s largest cities

Panelists to be announced

Thursday, April 26, 2012  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Detroit Athletic Club 241 Madison Street Detroit, MI 48226 Tickets: $75.00 To purchase tickets visit or call (313) 963-5522 Sponsored by:


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Lincoln Park, Kalamazoo Central chosen for Comerica Grand Slam Grants Baseball teams to be recognized on the field at Comerica Park, April 7 The baseball teams at Lincoln Park and Kalamazoo Central high schools have been selected as the recipients of Comerica Bank’s second annual Grand Slam Grant program. Each school will receive one $10,000 community grant to be used to improve its baseball program. In addition, the teams will receive 60 tickets to see the Detroit Tigers take on the Boston Red Sox during the opening weekend game on Saturday, April 7, where the schools’ teams will be recognized during a special pre-game ceremony.

Comerica provides furniture to the Children’s Center of Wayne County A delivery truck carrying 75 chairs and two couches arrived at the Children’s Center of Wayne County in Detroit earlier this year thanks to a generous donation from Comerica Bank. The furniture donation is part of an effort to redistribute office furniture from Comerica’s One Detroit Center location to deserving nonprofits in metro Detroit as the bank completes its move to its new Michigan headquarters at Comerica Bank Center, 411 W. Lafayette in Detroit. Pictured (from left) on delivery day are George Winn, chief operating officer, and Debora Matthews, chief executive officer, of the Children’s Center; and Janice M. Tessier, president, the Comerica Charitable Foundation. The Children’s Center is one of the largest, most diverse and comprehensive frontline child-serving agencies in Michigan, providing more than 25 programs addressing therapeutic and mental health needs of children, as well as foster care and adoptions. The Children’s Center of Wayne County has been committed to meeting the needs and challenges of some of the most troubled children in the United States for over 80 years.

Also on April 7, the first 10,000 fans will receive a free Detroit Tigers 2012 magnet schedule featuring Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Jose Valverde and Prince Fielder, courtesy of Comerica Bank.

Forte to be honored by Michigan Women’s Foundation at MWF’s 25th anniverIn honor of its 25th sary celebration dinner at anniversary, the Michi5:30 p.m., March 26, at the gan Women’s Foundation MotorCity Casino Hotel. (MWF), a nonprofit orgaFor more information visit nization championing the cause of social justice for women and girls, will cele“I am honored to be brate “25 Women Making a recognized by an organizaDifference.” Those chosen tion whose mission is to represent the thousands of improve the lives of girls women who make a posiand women,” said Forte. tive impact and improve “I strongly believe that a the lives of girls throughout focus here will provide lastMichigan every day. Linda ing benefits to the health D. Forte, senior vice presiand wealth of the state dent of business affairs and of Michigan. As the saying chief diversity officer for Linda D. Forte goes, when you strengthen Comerica Bank, has been the quality and productivity selected as a 2012 honoree. Forte and of life for women, you improve the lives of the other honorees will be recognized their families.”

Detroit Area Agency on Aging seeks Holiday Meals on Wheels volunteers this Easter Comerica volunteers to help pack meals for local homebound seniors

Representatives from Comerica Bank and the Joint Cities Development Corporation at the recent networking event, “Creating Contracts, Not Just Contacts II,” held at Comerica Bank.

Business owners gain insight at Joint Cities networking event at Comerica

Comerica Bank Vice President Marvin C. Rushing shared valuable insight with the crowd of gathered business owners.

Comerica Bank and Joint Cities Development Corporation recently hosted a free business networking event, “Creating Contracts, Not Just Contacts II,” at Comerica’s Fort-Washington branch in Detroit. Guests had an opportunity to network and gain valuable business insight from Comerica volunteers Sabrina Treadkeynote speakers on a away (left) and Victoria Shanklin variety of growth-focused greeted guests at the Joint Cities topics including a presen- networking event. tation by Comerica Bank Vice President Marvin C. Rushing. Joint Cities Development Corp is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating strategic partnerships, ventures and opportunities to bridge cultural barriers and increase mutual respect via economic development and science education, to underserved businesses and youth, primarily in southeastern Michigan.

Volunteers from Comerica Bank are stepping up to support the Detroit Area Agency on Aging’s Holiday Meals on Wheels program this Easter. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to pack, help distribute and individually deliver hot, nutritious meals to 5,000 homebound seniors in metro Detroit. This year’s theme is “Feed a Senior on Easter Because Hunger Takes No Holiday. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 7, to assemble the cold portion of the meals, and from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 8, to package the hot food portion of the meals for distribution to 11 sites. Delivery of individual meals starts at 8:30 a.m.

DAAA Holiday Meals on Wheels Easter Sunday delivery distribution sites: • Greater Emmanuel COGIC, 19190 Schaefer Hwy, Detroit •D  etroit Association of Women’s Clubs, 5461 Brush Street, Detroit •F  ranklin Wright Settlements, 3360 Charlevoix, Detroit •C  hurch of the Madonna, 1125 Oakman Blvd., Detroit •C  hrist Church, 960 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit •A  lpha Phi Alpha /Optimists, 9840 Dexter, Detroit •N  ew Light Baptist Church, 5240 W. Chicago Blvd., Detroit • The Matrix Center, 13560 E. McNichols Road, Detroit

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Comerica volunteers help out at Habitat for Humanity build Approximately 10 Comerica Cares volunteers braved the cold weather on Saturday, March 3, to participate in a wall-building project for Habitat for Humanity Detroit. The project took place at Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s warehouse on the city’s east side. The volunteers engaged in building walls and components for an upcoming Habitat Detroit home that will be built in the Morningside Commons neighborhood. For more information on Habitat for Humanity Detroit and upcoming projects, visit


Tonya Brown and Ariel Bogan


hen it comes to paying for college, many students struggle with the great financial burden of student loans. But for 19-year-old Ariel Bogan, paying for college was as simple as volunteering in her community and working hard to stand out. Bogan, a second-year psychology major at the University of MichiganDearborn, received a full-ride scholarship that she credits largely to her time spent volunteering with her mother through the Comerica Cares program. Bogan’s mother, Tonya Brown, is an administrative assistant for Comerica Bank and has been active in the bank’s employee volunteer program since 1999. Brown, like many Comerica colleagues, often invites family members and friends to join her in participating in Comerica service projects. Brown said the decision to bring her daughter along to volunteer projects was an easy one. It stemmed from a desire to give her a chance to experience the world. The pair began volunteering together when Ariel was in junior high school and went on to help out at more than 30 Comerica-sponsored events over the years. “When Ariel was young I wanted her to have the opportunity to interact with others

Comerica volunteer Tonya Brown (left) and daughter Ariel Bogan have been volunteering together for years. Bogan received a fullride scholarship to the University of Michigan-Dearborn that she credits largely to her time spent volunteering with her mother through the Comerica Cares program. and to see more of the world than just school and home,” said Brown. “I told her the most important thing is to get to know people and let them know who you are, and that’s exactly what she did.” Bogan admitted that before she began volunteering, she didn’t have much to put down on paper. She said volunteering gave her an avenue to distinguish herself and develop professionally in order to become more competitive among thousands of other students competing for

limited scholarship funds. “Until I started volunteering with Comerica, I didn’t have anything to write down on my résumé,” said Bogan. “These days students can’t just get by doing only the basics. We need to go beyond the books to get noticed and to keep ourselves busy.” Besides the feeling of making a difference for others, Bogan said volunteering with Comerica also gave her great experience in professional networking, public speaking, problem-solving and an appre-

ciation for diversity. “When I volunteer, the main thing I do is make sure I meet everyone and shake everyone’s hand,” said Bogan, who has made many professional contacts through her volunteer experience. “You never know who you’ll meet.” Not having to worry about paying for college provides a great relief, Bogan said, that allows her to focus on her schoolwork. She said the fact that her college is paid for is a motivation for her to succeed and do well in class. “When college is paid for, you have no excuses,” said Bogan. “It’s a true blessing that allows me to focus on doing well in school.” Bogan was one of 12 students to be awarded the prestigious, full-tuition Opportunity Scholarship from the University of Michigan – an award valued at more than $39,000 over four years. Bogan and her fellow Opportunity Scholars were selected from nearly 200 eligible, incoming students on the basis of academics, service to their community and a group interview. “The volunteer experience she gained with Comerica is truly what gave her the advantage for the University of Michigan,” said Brown, who admitted she is beyond proud of what her daughter has achieved.


Detroit Public Library’s Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series, celebrates its 12th season! Detroit has a rich history as a great jazz town, and in 2012, the tradition continues with Comerica Java & Jazz: A Coffee House Series. Celebrating our 12th season, we invite you to come join us for this spectacular celebration from March through July at the Detroit Public Library’s Main Library. Performances are free and open to the public every third Tuesday of the month @ 6:00 p.m.

Straight Ahead Tuesday, March 20, 6:00 p.m.

After 5 Jazz Ensemble Tuesday, April 17, 6:00 p.m. Straight Ahead

Sean Dobbins Trio Tuesday, May 15 6:00 p.m.

Marcus & Joan Belgrave Jazz Ensemble Tuesday, June 19, 6:00 p.m.

The Brazilian Experience featuring Pathe Jassi, Sean Blackman, & Nanny Assis Tuesday, July 17, 6:00 p.m. Outdoor Concert on the Cass Lawn

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NFL bounties no big deal, right?

MSU faces Louisville Thursday

Pershing’s Appling hits key shot in Spartan’s win over Saint Louis By Leland Stein III

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — In the third round at the West Region of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, the No. 1 seeded Michigan State Spartans outlasted the No. 8 seeded St. Louis Billikens 65-61.

Sure we have stepped up the humanity and have taken the lions out of the contest and the gladiators no longer have to kill each other at a king or queen’s behest.

The Spartans’ victory gave them a trip to the Elite 8 and set up a matchup of two future Hall of Fame coaches, MSU’s Tom Izzo and Louisville’s Rick Pitino. Both have won NCAA titles. Izzo has now led his Spartans to their 10th Sweet 16 since 1998.

Okay, football, especially in NFL, is a very violent game. It is a cousin to the Roman Gladiators, fought so gallantly against lions each other in the Colosseum.

MSU won an ugly slugfest against St. Louis and as a result many prognosticators proclaimed that the Spartans would not be able to beat Louisville, especially with the loss of 6-foot-5 freshman Branden Dawson, who is sidelined with an ACL injury. His inside presence surely will be missed as the Spartans advance in the tournament, but will that stop MSU’s quest?

There are now rules and referees that oversee the on-field carnage, but make no mistake about Former Chicago Bear it, football is a contact Jim McMahon. sport. There is Hall of Famer the late John Mackey, who passed prematurely with frontal temporal dementia. Or ask former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who is experiencing early dementia.

With senior Draymond Green putting himself in the exclusive company of being only the third person to produce two triple doubles in NCAA tournament history. The other two were Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. There is no doubting that the Spartans following Green’s lead have the juice to keep their run going.

So when the word came out recently that the New Orleans Saints had a well known bounty system, I can understand the outrage. It is reported that the Saints bounty scandal operated By Leland Stein III between 2009-11 and involved 22 to 27 defensive players.

Give Coach Rick Majerus’ Billikens credit for their game plan and scrappy play. Most rational individuals would respect the fact that St Louis just wouldn’t go away, hitting late 3-pointers to keep the game interesting and using timeouts to extend it. Majerus wasn’t going to fade away, and he did an admirable job managing what little time he had left. “That was one of the tougher games we’ve played in,” Izzo said. “But you’ve got to give our guys credit, too. We didn’t pretend to be God’s gift to basketball. We know we’re a working man’s group. And we had to work today.”

The NFL and NFL Players Association both are investigating a system that rewarded players for hard hits and injuring opposing players. Both the NFL and union vowed to “vigorously protect the rights of all players” and dispense out appropriate discipline.

Credit MSU and former Pershing Detroit Public School League (PSL) hoopster Keith Appling, who answered the bell at crunch time. Appling busted a 3pointer from the right corner that gave the Spartans their margin of victory. With Michigan State’s season in peril, Green turned to Appling during a timeout and told him to be ready. His moment was near. And when it arrived, Appling delivered.

In the Game

“If the facts prove that players voluntarily and willingly participated in conduct that jeopardized health and safety, we will work with them and the league to put in place additional safeguards to prevent this in the future,” union leaders noted. “Dangerous play and acts on the field by players intended to injure have no place in football. We must do better to ensure that this activity is not a part of our game.” Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams admitted to running a bounty pool of up to $50,000 over the past three seasons, rewarding players for knocking targeted opponents out of games. Williams is now defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. Current Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis have acknowledged the existence of the bounty system. According to the NFL reports, “knockouts” were worth $1,500 and “cart-offs” $1,000 — with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs. The NFL said the pool amounts reached their height in 2009, the season the Saints won the Super Bowl. I cannot condone intentionally trying to hurt players, but isn’t that what linebackers and safeties do? They try to knock the daylights out of a receiver or running back so he will be looking for a hit instead of catching the ball or hitting a hole with unabated speed. I get the morality bit and the image of the game, but let’s keep it real. The NFL is not a place for the delicate or the fragile. Never has been (with shout outs to Sam Huff, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Deacon Jones, Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Vince Lombardi) and never will be. It is naive to think players and teams don’t talk about this kind of stuff, or aren’t generally rewarded with jobs and contract extensions for this stuff. Those who think that way are not paying attention to the inherent violence of this game. The gridiron is not a polka dance or knitting contest. It’s territorial and can get bloody. Players and coaches know they can win games by inflicting pain, and the intent is always to win games, so imposing pain is a goal of every defensive player bounty or no-bounty system. Yeah, I know the bounty system looks bad. No one should be out to hurt another athlete for the sake of money, but on the other hand, isn’t that what everyone gets paid to do. It’s wrong, but it happens. The late Raiders owner Al Davis said, “The quarterback must go down, and he must go down hard.” He was brutally honest and he was right. That’s not dirty. That’s just the sport — survival of the fiercest. If you get hurt, you lose. Great defenses are angry defenses that inflict hurt on offensive players trying to break their will. I’ve been around football too long to think otherwise. Leland Stein can be reached at or at Twitter @lelandsteinIII.

“I don’t need to be a hero trying to make some scoop layup,” Green said of his decision to pass up a shot. “If I see a guy open, I’m going to hit him. He was wide open in the corner and I knew once he caught the ball, it was going in. I didn’t try to get the rebound. I ran down the court. I already knew it was going in.” Appling scored a team high 19 points for the Spartans in a game where St. Louis dared him to shoot.

Former Pershing’s Keith Appling is a key to MSU’s title run. – Dan Graschuck photo “All night they pretty much had me begging to shoot the ball,” Appling said. “We got in the huddle in one of our timeouts and Draymond told me I was a 41 percent 3-point shooter last year, so shoot the ball. We drew up a play for him, and the defense collapsed and I was wide open. He hit me with a pass that was perfect, right in my shooter’s pocket, and I was able to knock it down. As soon as it came off of my hands, it felt good.”

son, Magic Johnson, Greg Kelser, Mo Peterson, Steve Smith, Charlie Bell, Scott Skiles, Jay Vincent, Shannon Brown, Maurice Ager and Mateen Cleaves, just to mention a few.

After Michigan State lost its first two games this season to North Carolina and Duke, there were some who wondered if this squad would recover and live up to the school’s high standards, the ones set by players such as Jason Richard-

“We all stuck together,” Green said. “That’s how we won.”

There’s no deliberation anymore. Michigan State is more than legitimate and the Spartans can win with any style. Make them run and they’ll run. Slow them down and they’ll crawl. Start a fight and they’ll finish it. They know what it takes.

And what it will take if they continue to win.

U-M, Detroit Mercy not quite ready for prime time By Leland Stein III

college basketball with its run through the Big Ten that led to a three-way tie for the league title along with Ohio State and Michigan State.

Both the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy men had basketball seasons to remember, but both were dealt a knockout in their first NCAA Tournament contest.

It was a disappointing one and done for the Wolverines as they lose to Ohio 65-60 in the second round of the NCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional.

Detroit, led by Ray McCallum Sr. and Jr. produced a stellar campaign that saw the Titans win the Horizon League conference tournament title, and with that title came an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament against No. 2 seeded Kansas. The Horizon League Tournament title was the first for Detroit Merecy since 1999. Detroit finished its season at 22-14 and seems ready to keep it up next season.

No matter. The Wolverines produced a season to remember. Winning its first Big Ten title since 1986. Led by freshman guard Trey Burke, Michigan had high hopes coming into the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately senior guards Zack Novak and Stu Douglass picked the wrong time to have subpar days. Still, Michigan (24-10) has a shot at winning the contest, but Evan Smotrycz lost control of the ball in front of the Wolverines bench as time ran out.

“My players and staff knew how good Kansas was,” Ray Sr. said. “Their top five or six players are as good as any in the country. It did not help that we did not play our best game either. We are a better team that we showed to the country.”

UM’s biggest future problem is the possibility that Burke might go to the NBA. “Well, not right now,” he said. “I’m not really thinking about that. I’m so disappointed in the way we lost, it’s not really in my mind right now. If it comes, it comes. You’ve just got to move on, man. It definitely hurts. The only thing on my mind is losing that game.”

Detroit Mercy was confident before its second-round NCAA Midwest Regional game against Kansas. The 15th seeded Titans were on a five-game winning streak and had the swagger to play with Kansas. However, after taking an early lead, 21-19, the Jayhawks overpowered the Titans, and concluded with a resounding 65-50 victory. “This was big for us, you know, going through the season with all the things that we had to go through,” Ray Sr. said. “We had to fight through adversity, guys getting hurt and then, you know, we figured out how to play together as a team. “We figured out how impor-

UM is hoping Trey Burke returns for his sophomore season. – Dan Graschuck photo tant defense is for our team to win and we learned how to win a championship and that was our overall goal this year and to get to the NCAA tournament.”

McCallum will be the key to everything next season and he is ready to take on that challenge. Michigan shook most of

Burke had a tremendous season, but he appeared to wear down in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. One more season to strengthen himself in the weight room would probably help him. Both UDM and U-M have great upsides and 2012-13 should be good seasons. Each university is bringing in some fresh faces and should be able to withstand the loss of a number of key seniors.

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Crossing the line within the relationship

March 21-27, 2012

Ford Hospital seeks cardiac patients for study

By Arthur E. Nowlin and Dr. Kim Logan Nowlin

Henry Ford Hospital is seeking patients with severe aortic valve stenosis to take part in a new heart valve trial.

A couple came to us with some concerns about their relationship. The wife indicated having some issues regarding a certain friendship her husband has with a female friend who had known him before he met her.

The aorta is the main artery carrying blood from the heart. When blood leaves the heart, it flows through the aortic valve, into the aorta. In aortic stenosis, the aortic valve does not open completely, which decreases blood flow.

The concern of the wife was the female friend was given more respect than she had as the wife. Well, the husband was feeling his wife was overreacting to his female friend and he did not see anything wrong with maintaining their friendship. In discussing this issue further, it was determined that the husband had lived with this female and her parents upon his arrival to the state from New York. The husband indicated his friendship never Arthur E. Nowlin and Dr. Kim Logan Nowlin. crossed the line and he with others, the relation- hold. Once the issue has maintained a close rela- ship threatens the stabili- been addressed and all tionship with the female ty of the marriage. Issues parties are satisfied with friend and her family. of deceit and temptation the solution, then the The concern expressed become consistent while other issue is being able by the wife was there has the husband or wife is to forgive and move on. been ongoing contact becoming more and more The couple has indicated with this female and the disconnected within their there has been anger and communication exceeds relationship. When the resentment because of a friendly relationship. deception begins the line outside friends. When we asked the wife has been crossed, it be- During the session the how did knw about the comes difficult to stop the wife had indicated that excessive communication destruction of the family. she established a relawith her husband and his Then the question tionship with an outside female friend, she stated is, how do we save the friend from her past bethe phone bill reflected family? The first step is cause she felt disrespectexcessive calls made by to eliminate the problem. ed and disconnected from her husband to his female If your spouse is uncom- her husband. The marfriend. Still the husband fortable with a certain re- riage is in a weak state indicated that there had lationship outside of the but the confession of never been a time when marriage, then you must both has opened the door he crossed the line with eliminate the relation- to recovery. The husband his female friend. ship or have a meeting and wife decided to agree Dr. Debbie Cherry and discuss the concerns to move forward and forwrote an article regard- with the parties involved. give each other to save ing marriage and relation- In resolving relationship their family. Rebuilding ships. In the article she issues we must under- the trust is paramount in asked if there was any- stand the origin of the reestablishing a healthy thing wrong with having problem. Why is it more family environment. a close friend after you comfortable to share feel- Arthur E.. Nowlin, are married. It is clear ings with someone other LMSW, CAADC, and Kim that having an outside re- than your spouse? In Logan Nowlin, Ph.D. LPC, lationship with a person many households we let BCCPC, MFT, are a husof the opposite sex can anger and frustration pre- band and wife counseling cause major concerns vent resolutions. team and owners of the within a marriage. It is Relationships that Kim Logan Communicaimportant to recognize start at work and church tions Christian Family that when friends share should be kept in perspec- Counseling Clinic in Deinformation about them- tive and never to the point troit. selves and their spouses of disrupting the house-

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Aortic stenosis can be present at birth, or it may develop later in life. In adults, aortic stenosis is most often found in the elderly, or those who’ve had rheumatic fever.

Symptoms of aortic stenosis include:

• Shortness of breath • Chest pain • Dizziness or weakness • Heart palpitations • Fainting

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for patients with severe aortic stenosis who cannot undergo open-heart surgery. Before the availability of TAVR, these patients had few treatment options. During TAVR, cardiologists use a catheter to thread the replacement valve from a blood vessel in the leg to the heart’s diseased aortic valve, and replace it with the new valve. Henry Ford is one of two centers in southeast Michigan which has been chosen to participate in the PARTNER II Trial. The study will evaluate this new method of aortic valve replacement as an alternative to traditional surgery in patients at risk of complications. For more information, or for evaluation as a possible candidate in the Partner II study, call (313) 916-1534.

First Michigan robotic nerve sparing surgery for testicular cancer successfully performed A surgical team at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak performed Michigan’s first robotic-assisted nerve sparing retroperitoneal lymphadenctomy for testicular cancer on Feb. 29.

As with other minimally invasive robotic procedures, the incisions are much smaller, resulting in less blood loss, less pain and a faster recovery. Patients return to work in two weeks.

The patient, a 41-year old Warren man, is doing well and was released from the hospital on March 2.

Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, or RPLND, is considered to be one of the most difficult operations in urology. A traditional open surgery for testicular cancer requires a large abdominal incision with a hospital stay of seven to 10 days and a recovery of two to three months. The robotic procedures require five small incisions or ports with a hospital stay of two days.

The procedure was led by urologist Sanjeev Kaul, M.D., a robotic surgical specialist. “Our team is pleased with the outcome of the surgery. We removed all the lymph nodes in the abdomen while protecting the patient’s nerves. The nerve function is critical for ejaculation and overall sexual health. Testicular cancer typically affects men in their 20s, 30s and 40s, hence preserving their sexual function and ability to have children is important,” explains Dr. Kaul.

Dr. Kaul says only two other medical centers in the U.S. have reported robotic-assisted nerve sparing surgeries for testicular cancer- one in Los Angeles and the other in Scottsdale, Ariz.

According to the National Cancer Institute, testicular cancer is most common in young and middle-aged men. They estimate 8,500 new cases will be diagnosed in 2012. Testicular cancer develops in the tissue of one or both testicles. The testicles produce sperm and the male hormone testosterone. Beaumont urologists offer endoscopic, robotic and laparoscopic surgical options as well as traditional surgeries. They also specialize in treatment for kidney stones; painful bladder conditions such as overactive bladder and incontinence; sexual dysfunction; urologic cancer; prostate conditions; male infertility; voiding dysfunction; and erectile dysfunction. Beaumont, Royal Oak is ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” 2011-12 list for urology.

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Pancakes & Politics forum launched

Shaun Wilson (left), chief of staff CCRD, office of the president, PNC Bank; Gov. Snyder, Ric Defore, reAlan C. Young, founder and CEO, Alan C. Young & gional president, PNC Bank; and Hiram E. Jackson, Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Public Schools EmerCEO, Real Times Media, and interim publisher, MichiAssociates. gency Manager Roy S. Roberts. gan Chronicle.

Eric Peterson (left), U.S. vice president, Diversity, General Motors; Carol Cain, Gov. Snyder (center) and Hiram E. Jackson (second from right) with representa- Pancakes & Politics moderator/host of CBS 62 “Michigan Matters�; Vivian Pickard, tives from HAP. president, GM Foundation; Gov. Snyder and Hiram E. Jackson.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel poses a question to Gov. Snyder.

Dr. William F. Pickard, Jeffrey Freyer, Vivian Pickard, Gov. Snyder, Anthony Frabotta, chairman and CEO UHY Advisors Michigan, and Hiram E. Jackson.

Bankole Thompson (left), senior editor, Michigan Chronicle; Cynthia Pasky, president and CEO, Strategic Staffing Solutions; Juanita Moore, president and CEO, Rev. Wendell Anthony, president, Detroit Branch NAACP and pastor of Fellowship Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; and Robert Jones, direcChapel, had a question for the governor. tor of External Affairs, AT&T

Gov. Snyder and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

Gov. Snyder (third from left) and Hiram E. Jackson (third from right) with representatives from Honigman.

Sold out crowd at the Detroit Athletic Club.

Dr. William F. Pickard (left), chairman and CEO, Global Automotive Alliance; Jeffrey Freyer, vice president, Business Services, Comcast Business Class; and Hiram E. Jackson (right), CEO, Real Times Media, and interim publisher, Michigan Chronicle, converse with Gov. Snyder prior to the start of the forum.



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AAA launches new safety patrol program at Gompers Elementary/Middle School in Detroit Twenty-six students at Gompers Elementary/Middle School in northwest Detroit are now on patrol at the new school which has nearly 1,000 students who must cross busy streets and board buses. The newest AAA Safety Patrollers on duty morning and afternoon join the proud tradition of AAA Safety Patrollers dating back to 1919, when the first AAA Safety Patrol was launched in Detroit – the first in the nation.

Clad in the familiar bright yellowgreen AAA Safety Patrol belt, the students demonstrate responsibility, good citizenship and the satisfaction of helping to ensure the safety of fellow students. The students were trained by AAA traffic safety experts earlier this month. The official launch of the new patrol included a brief assembly for the students, who were treated to hot chocolate, commemorative mugs, gloves, hats and scarves, at the school, located at 14500 Burt Road in northwest Detroit’s Brightmoor community.

The Gompers AAA Safety Patrollers, from sixth to eighth graders, have been trained to protect fellow students. The dedicated young men and women join 1,464 fellow AAA safety patrollers in Detroit and more than 33,000 AAA Safety Patrollers across Michigan who are at their posts throughout the school year.

“With students from pre-school age through eighth grade, traffic safety was a key concern for us,� said Gompers School Principal Bobbie Posey. “We were pleased with the training AAA provided to our new patrollers and we are

proud of our students who stand guard every day to help fellow students.� Safety Patrol co-captains Andre Robertson, an eighth grader, and sixth grader Albert McCoy said they were also proud and happy to help fellow students. Cheryl Whitley, a parent of two children, expressed her pride at her daughter, Erica Whitley, a sixth grader, serving on the Safety Patrol. “This patrol program helps our students be safer,� she added. Jack Peet, AAA Traffic Safety manager, said, “Traffic safety has been our hallmark for nearly a century. When we heard about this new school opening, we were ready to provide training to help all students be safer. We also work with the adult crossing guards at the school.�

For nearly a century, AAA Michigan has had a strong heritage of helping with traffic safety efforts and giving back to communities. AAA Michigan employees have volunteered in the Brightmoor community for several years, including working with the community on such traffic safety efforts as vehicle maintainance checks and child booster seat safety inspections. AAA employees have also provided VIN (vehicle identification number etching) services and cleaned Brightmoor’s Eliza Howell Park. Last summer, more than 125 employees worked with community members to build a KaBoom! playground at the park for the enjoyment of some 2,000 children who now have a place to play outdoors. AAA recently “adopted� the park for a three-year period.

New AAA Safety Patrol co-captains Albert McCoy (left) and Andre Robertson with The Gompers AAA Safety Patrollers with AAA employee volunteers and school Gompers Principal Bobbie Posey and Assistant Principal Robert Walker. administrators at the official launch of the new patrol program.

Sean Maloney (center), AAA senior vice president, Strategic Planning, with new AAA Safety Patrol captain Andre Robertson, 14, eighth grade, guards fellow stu- patrollers Devione Miller (left) and Oneasha Redd. Maloney is the sponsor of the dents at busy corners. Gompers AAA Safety Patrol.

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About Detroit Circles... This week’s Detroit Circles gathering was hosted by Angela Blue. Detroit Circles is a grassroots campaign aimed at building support for President Barack Obama for the 2012 presidential election. The Detroit Circles Initiative is a series of gatherings held in homes, businesses and establishments throughout Detroit and the surrounding area. The UAW will be kicking off the first round of gatherings in which UAW staff members will recruit family and friends to host a Detroit Circles meeting. Then, those guests are recruited to host, donate and volunteer....and the circle continues. Detroit Circles began Nov. 26, 2011 and will run until November 2012. – Andre Smith photos

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By Steve Holsey

A James Brown movie? Nothing could be more logical than a film based on the life and career of the legendary James Brown, one of the greatest performers of all time and the undisputed king of his branch of R&B — raw soul. Brown’s personal life was as tumultuous as his career was extraordinary.

By Steve Holsey

Prolific director-writer-producer Spike Lee has already written a script and Eddie Murphy is very much interested in the starring role, but the project has to be cleared with the family (and this is not a family known for being easy to deal with).

arvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell are certainly not the only great recording duo. In the history of popular music there have been many. And by music duos we mean artists who recorded together regularly as opposed to those who worked together once or twice (example: Diana Ross and Lionel Richie). A few that quickly come to mind are Ashford & Simpson, Peaches & Herb, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Sam & Dave, and Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway.

James Brown


Eddie Murphy

Murphy did two fantastic — and hilarious — impressions of James Brown on “Saturday Night Live” but, of course, they were comical whereas the movie portrayal would be very serious. But there is something else to take into consideration for Murphy regarding such a project — age. The movie would need to be made soon. Joking yet serious, Murphy said, “I’m 50 and I’m not going to be able to do a split in a few years. My splitting days are coming to an end shortly!” FROM 1989 TO 1998, Jaleel White portrayed Steve Urkel, the funny and lovable supernerd on “Family Matters.” But since that time he has been seen only sporadically. As much as White, now 34, appreciates the Urkel character making him a star, it has also erected a roadblock of sorts. He wants to work more — a lot more — and is sure he has the skills to do so.

And it should also be pointed out that Tammi Terrell was not Marvin Gaye’s first recording partner. Prior to that union he scored two big hits with Mary Wells (a double-sided hit, “Once Upon a Time,” “What’s the Matter With You Baby?”) and one with Kim Weston (“It Takes Two”). When it comes to people working together, “chemistry” is something that cannot to taught or just falls into place, no matter how much time is allowed. It needs to be there right from the start. It cannot be faked either.

“Dancing Jaleel White and Kym With The Stars,” Johnson. with its massive audience, is great exposure for contestant White. The new season debuted March 19 and White was outstanding, as were Gladys Knight, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, young actor/rapper Roshon Fegan, Sherri Shepherd and actor William Levy, among others. Great season opener. CONSIDERING his long career, his huge contributions to Black music history, along with his enormous influence, it is strange, perhaps even a travesty, that George Clinton has never received a Grammy Award, an American Music Award or even a Soul Train Music Award. (He was, however, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.)

George Clinton

Imagine how less colorful the music landscape would be had it not been for the emergence of George Clinton’s Parliament and Funkadelic, along with his solo endeavors. Think of classics of the genre such as “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Atomic Dog,” “Flash Light,” “(not just) Knee Deep” and “Can You Get to That?” Etta James, who was known in her earlier years for heavy makeup, blond hair, etc., once said, “The bad girls had the look that I liked.” Dolly Parton feels the same way. She quipped, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap!” SMOKEY ROBINSON, as odd as it seems, is recording an all-Spanish album, scheduled for April 12 release. It would be nice if he could land a major recording deal. (The record companies are “demographically obsessed” and Robinson is now in his early seventies.) Despite being a legend and an icon, Robinson’s last album was distributed by way of Cracker Barrel restaurants! That seems wrong on so many levels.

Shoshana Radlain

They are all special, but there was something “extra special” about Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. (It is interesting to note that Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson wrote and produced the overwhelming majority of Marvin & Tammi’s biggest hits.)

Scherrie Payne

Considering how pretty she is, it is no surprise that former Supreme Scherrie Payne’s daughter is also attractive. Shoshana Radlein recently launched her singing

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IT WOULD be interesting to have been present when Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye met for the first time. Odds are, the connection was instantaneous. Not a romantic connection. Rather, a “we’ll be friends forever” and “we should work together” connection. And before we go any further with this story, it is important to recommend a two-disc collection titled “Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: The Complete Duets.” There are 52 songs, including all of their hits and all of the cuts from their albums, plus Terrell’s solo hits, several previously unreleased duets and numerous solo numbers by Gaye. In addition, there is a 24-page booklet.

When “the dynamic duo” made their

debut with the now classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in mid-1967, written by Ashford & Simpson, Gaye was, of course, an established star with a long string of hits to his credit, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” “Pride and Joy,” “I’ll Be Doggone,” “You’re a Wonderful One,” “Hitch Hike” and “Can I Get a Witness?” Terrell, however, was a relative newcomer to Motown, having made two singles that made the national charts, “I Can’t Believe You Love Me” and “Come On and See Me,” as well as an album titled “Irresistible.” INTERESTINGLY, she had made recordings before being signed by Motown, using the name

Tammy Montgomery. (She was born Thomasina Montgomery, in Philadelphia.) She had also traveled as part of James Brown’s revue. Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye recording together is believed to have been the idea of Motown president Berry Gordy. It proved to be a smart move. Gaye, who thought of Terrell as a little sister, was aware of her talent but did not realize the extent of that talent until they began collaborating. “I had no idea Tammi was as good a singer as she was,” he said. “Wanting to try something new all my life, it was a challenge and something cool to do. I enjoyed

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RISING STAR Estelle joins the long list of recording artists who chose to be known by their first name only. (Her last name, by the way, is Swaray.) Currently the award-winning Estelle is high on the charts with her third album, “All of Me.” The songstress’ heritage is interesting — her mother is Senegalese and her father is Grenadian. The turning point in her career came when she met John Legend and subsequently signed a major label contract.

BOYZ II MEN, Motor City Casino Sound Board, Thursday, March 22. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and

JEFFREY OSBORNE, Motor City Casino Sound Board, May 10. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations and

“THE COLOR PURPLE,” Cass Technical High School, April 18-21. To purchase tickets, call 313.263.2000.

KID ROCK, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Fox Theatre, May 12. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone call 1.800.745.3000.

FIFTH DIMENSION, the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, April 12. Tickets at Tickemaster locations. B.B. KING, Fox Theatre, May 23. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone call 1.800.745.3000. GLADYS KNIGHT, the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, April 28. Tickets at Tickemaster locations. CHARLIE WILSON, Kelly Price, Kindred the Family Soul, Fox Theatre, April

Marvin and Tammi

Charlie Wilson 8. Tickets on sale at the Fox Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000. “MADEA GETS A JOB,” Fox Theatre, April 26-29. Tickets sold at Ticketmaster locations. To charge by phone call 1.800.745.3000. O’JAYS, the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, March 31. Tickets at Tickemaster locations and

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THE WHISPERS, the Emotions, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, the Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Fox Theatre, May 13. Tickets on sale at the Fox Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call 1.800.745.3000.

‘The Color Purple’ presented at Cass Tech High School The Performing Arts Department of Cass Tech­ nical High School, 2501 Second Ave., is pleased to announce that “The Color Purple” will be presented Wednesday through Sat­ urday, April 18-21. The performances will take place in the school’s Wheatley Grand Audito­ rium. The schedule is as fol­ lows: Wednesday, April 18, 12:30 p.m.; Thur­

day, April 19, 10:30 a.m.; Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and $10 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call (313) 263-2000 or stop by the Cass book­ store.

Singer’s mother passes After a long and cou­ rageous health battle, Mrs. Edith Crawford, who worked for the De­ troit Public Schools as a teacher’s aide, made her tran­ sition on March 16. She is Edith the mother of former Crawford Motown recording artist Carolyn Crawford (often known as Caroline Craw­ ford) who was also the lead voice on Hamilton Bohannon’s Top 10 hit “Let’s Start the Dance.” Services will be held on Saturday, March 31, 12:30 p.m., at Pye Funeral Home, 17600 Plymouth Road, Detroit. Family hour is at noon. For more information, call (313) 204-2985.

working with her. Tammi was nice, she was pretty, and she was misunder­ stood.” Because Gaye and Terrell were so close he was, understandably, in­ furiated by the physical abuse she had endured with then-boyfriend David Ruffin. One thing we will never see is a picture of Marvin Gaye and David Ruffin together. Ruffin is said to have resented Gaye’s close, yet platonic, relationship with Terrell. “AIN’T NO Moun­ tain High Enough” was a smash, reaching No. 3 on the national R&B charts and achieving Top 20 status on the Pop charts.

All four of these songs appear on the duo’s first album, “United.” And it is interesting that despite their impact, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell only made three albums, but surely would have made more had Terrell not died in 1970 at the tender age of 24. Terrell’s passing had a profound effect on Gaye. He more or less laid low for a certain amount of time, re-emerging in a very different, very spiri­

tual state of mine, hence the landmark album and single, “What’s Going On.” “I was devastated by Tammi’s death,” Gaye said. “It was difficult to understand. I was angered by the senselessness of it all. I grieved for years.” Terrell’s passing was due to a brain tumor, not because Ruffin “hit her in the head with a hammer,” as the rumor mongers in­ sisted on spreading. Ter­ rell, in fact, had a history of brain issues. AT ONE POINT, Ter­ rell’s illness resulted in other singers having to substitute for her on a tour, much to audiences’ disappointment. Among those stepping in was an­ other Motown songstress, Brenda Holloway.




Reflections career. Currently she is primarily working on the West Coast. Her aunt (Freda’s sister) is Freda Payne. Melinda Doolittle, outstanding season six “American Idol” finalist, is in the early stages of preparing to begin put­ ting together her second album. She is a remark­ able singer, but her debut album, “Coming Back to You,” although it had its moments, was not nearly as good as she is.

Tammi Terrell had anoth­ er banner year in 1968, scoring No. 1 hits with “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “You’re All I Need to Get By” (both classics) and just miss­ ing the Top 10 with “Keep On Lovin’ Me Honey.” All four hits were written by Ashford & Simpson. Largely due to Tammi Terrell’s health issues, things slowed down for the duo in 1969, although they did have two more solid hits, “Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By” and “What You Gave Me.” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell had a deep impact on the public and on the music industry itself, and “ain’t no moun­ tain high enough” to keep them from being appreci­ ated…forever.

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BLESSINGS to Ernest Joseph, LaVerne Smith, Vickie Winans, Joe Spen­ cer, Al Chism, Yukia Winston, Georgella Muir­ head, Bob Berg, William Staiger, Fatima Freeman and Rogers Foster. WORDS OF THE WEEK, from Brad Bol­ lenbach: “Make authen­

ticity your top priority. No matter what you do, you will polarize people, so you might as well be yourself.” Let the music play! (Steve Holsey can be reached at Svh517@aol. com and PO Box 02843, Detroit, MI 48202.)

“LAUGH ALL YOU WANT... IT’S A BLAST.” Peter Travers,

Bobby Brown had fa­ thered three children by the time he was 20 years old! In 1992, Brown had a big hit record in which he said, “Ain’t nobody humpin’ around.” Well, evidently, in his teenage years there was a lot of “humpin’ around.”

MARCH 29-APRIL 1, 2012 America’s cultural ambassadors to the world return to the Detroit Opera House for 5 spectacular performances! All performances include the classic, “REVELATIONS”.

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW…that on “Black Magic,” the final album by Martha Reeves & the Vandellas in 1972, the background vocals were done by Jackie Hicks, Louvain Demps and Mar­ lene Barrow (the Andan­ tes). No Vandellas. MEMORIES: “All This Love” (DeBarge), “Stay” (Maurice Wil­ liams & the Zodiacs), “Last Dance” (Donna Summer), “I Don’t Love You Anymore” (Teddy Pendergrass), “I Can’t Stand the Rain” (Ann Peebles), “Deep in the Night” (Linda Hopkins), “The Secret Garden” (Quincy Jones featuring Al B. Sure, Barry White, El DeBarge and James Ingram), “Rock With You” (Michael Jackson), “The Love I Lost” (Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes).

Robert Battle Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya Associate Artistic Director

Kirven James Boyd. Photo by Andrew Eccles

Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson had a perfect follow-up for Marvin and Tammi and it too became a classic, “Your Precious Love.” The next single turned out to be a double-sided hit: “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You” backed with “If This World Were Mine.” (These two were not Ashford & Simpson compositions.)

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The Marche du Nain Rouge returns The Marche du Nain Rouge, Sunday, March 25, 1 to 7 p.m., will bring more than 2,000 revelers to the Cass Corridor to return Detroit’s folkloric tradition of banishing the “Nain Rouge” or the red dwarf who has haunted Detroit for more than 300 years. The event begins at Traffic Jam & Snug’s parking lot. The community is invited to gather for the opening ceremony, where amidst chants and taunts, the Nain Rouge is expected to appear.

The procession will then lead revelers through North Cass Corridor and down Cass Avenue. The Detroit Party Marching Band will lead the procession of two thousand-some marchers, community groups, neighborhood-inspired and constructed chariots, and theatrics galore. The march will conclude on Temple Street, where revelers will banish the Nain Rouge and rid Detroit of its woes. “What started as a pop-up parade two years ago has grown

into thousands of Detroiters and Detroit lovers who gather for one reason, to rid Detroit of evil and woes,” said Peter Van Dyke, Marche director. “The collaboration and creativity on behalf of the community was beyond expectations last year and we can’t wait to see how our city comes together for this remarkable event.” There are several events leading up to the Marche that celebrate its history and benefit the event.

Traffic Jam & Snug will have

a crawfish boil on Friday, a traditional Mardis Gras-esque culinary tradition. The morning of the Marche, City Bird and Nest will have a costume making party and several bars in the Midtown area will be having special drinks, such as Bronx Bar’s special Bloody Marys. The Marche du Nain Rouge is rooted in Detroit’s early history, when Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit and was confronted by the Nain Rouge. He purportedly hit the Nain Rouge with his cane and became cursed for life. Since

then, the Nain Rouge has been spotted throughout Detroit’s history, usually at the city’s most “notorious” occurrences. For those who want to get involved by building a chariot or performing at the Marche in any way (marching band, belly dancing, miming, etc.) please e-mail marchedunainrouge@ For more information about the Marche du Nain Rouge, visit

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religious directory


March 21-27, 2012 Page D-4

Directory of Religious Services To Be Listed Contact Linda Moragne, 963-5522, Ext. 242



Allen Temple AME

9:30AM & 11AM

4101 Helen Street

(313) 922-7492

Rev. Darren K. Penson

Greater Mt. View Missionary Baptist


4211 Mt. Elliott

(313) 924-2500

Pastor Edward Smith

Baber Memorial AME


15045 Burt Rd.

(313) 255-9895

Rev. Larry L. Simmons

Greater Mt. Zion Baptist


15600 Evanston

(313) 839-9842

Pastor R. A. Hill

Bethel AME


5050 St. Antoine

(313) 831-8810

Rev. David R. Jarrett

Greater New Light Baptist


8641 Linwood

(313) 894-2390

Dr. David W. Roquemore

Bethel AME (Ann Arbor)

7:45AM & 10:45AM

900 John A Woods Dr.

(734) 663-3800

Rev. Joseph Cousin

Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist

7:45AM & 10:30AM

586 Owen

(313) 871-8025

Rev. Kenneth J. Flowers

Brown Chapel AME (Ypsilanti)

8AM & 11AM

1043 W. Michigan Ave

(734) 482-7050

Pastor Jerry Hatter

Greater Olivet Missionary Baptist Church

10AM & 11:30AM

20201 Southfield

(313) 592-4114

Rev. Clifford L. Jackson, III

Community AME (Ecorse)

9:30AM &11AM

4010 17th Street

(313) 386-4340

Rev. Gilbert Morgan

Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist


557 Benton St.

(313) 831-6466

Rev. Mark Gray

Ebenezer AME

7:30AM & 10:30AM

5151 W. Chicago

(313) 933-6943

Rev. Byron Moore

Greater Ship of Zion Missionary Baptist


8440 Joy Rd.

(313) 933-7367

Rev. McKinley Graddick, Jr.

Emmanuel Grace AME (formely Grace Chapel AME)


490 Conner Ave.

(313) 821-0181

Pastor Karen Jones Goodson

Greater St. John Baptist


7433 Northfield

(313) 895-7555

Pastor William Mebane II

Greater Quinn AME


13501 Rosa Parks Blvd.

(313) 867-8380

Rev. Daniel J. Reid

Greater Tree of Life Missionary Baptist


1761 Sheridan

(313) 925-1450

Rev. Latham Donald Sr.

Gregg Memorial AME


10120 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 491-1704

Dr. Charles Fontaine Macon

Hartford Memorial Baptist

7:30AM & 11AM

18700 James Couzens

(313) 861-1285

Dr. Charles G. Adams

Mitcham Chapel AME (Royal Oak)


4207 W. 14 Mile Rd.

(248) 356-5292

Rev. Barbara J. Anthony

Historic St. James M.B.C.


19400 Evergreen

(313) 534-3000

Rev. Argustus C. Williams

Mt. Calvary AME


1800 E. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 892-0042

Rev. Ernest L. Evans

Holy Cross Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

6220 Linwood Ave.

(313) 894-1350

Rev. Lorenzo Edwards, Sr.

New St. James AME


9321 Rosa Parks Blvd

(313) 867-2851

Rev. Minnie Autry

Holy Hope Heritage Church Baptist

8AM & 10:45 AM

18641 Wyoming

(313) 861-5005

Dr. William Revely, Jr

Newman AME (Pontiac)


233 Bagley St.

(248) 332-2800

Rev. Alfred E. Johnson

House of Mercy


5203 St. Aubin

(313) 923-6395

Rev. Robert W. Wright, Jr.

Oak Grove AME

8AM & 11AM

19801 Cherrylawn

(313) 341-8877

Rev. Dr. Robert Brumfield

Imani Missionary Baptist


13641 W. Eight Mile

(313) 341-9556

Rev. J.K. Jackson

Pleasant Valley AME (Belleville)


45620 Victoria Ave.

(313) 461-1303

Rev. Paul Mugala

Israel Baptist

10:45 AM

3748 E. Forest Ave.

(313) 922-2633

Rev. Edward L McCree Jr.

Ruth Chapel AME


5353 Baldwin

(313) 267-9002

Rev. Diane Chappelle

Jamison Temple Missionary Baptist

11 AM

12530 Mack Ave.

(313) 821-5958

Rev. Homer & Evang. Royal Jamison

Saunders Memorial AME


3542 Pennsylvania

(313) 921-8111

Rev. Dwayne A. Gary

Jude Missionary Baptist


9036 Van Dyke

(313) 925-9330

Rev. Sylvester F. Harris, Sr.

Smith Chapel AME (Inkster)


3505 Walnut

(313) 561-2837

Rev. Dr. Cecilia Green-Bar

Kadesh Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

20361 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 534-5382

Rev. Dr. Gregory L. Foster, Sr.

St. Andrew AME

9:30AM & 11AM

12517 Linwood

(313) 868-3156

Rev. Kenneth Boyd

King David M.B.C. of Detroit


18001 Sunset

(313) 891-4160

Pastor Sterling H. Brewer

St. Luke AME


363 LaBelle

(313) 868-7707

Rev. Robert Addison Blake

Leland Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

22420 Fenkell Ave.

(313) 538-7077

Rev. C.A. Poe, Ph.D

St. Luke AME (Roseville)


17805 Oakdale Street

(586) 445-8350

Rev. Betty Middlebrook

Liberty Temple Baptist Church

7:45AM & 10:45AM

17188 Greenfield

(313) 837-6331

Rev. Dr. Steve Bland, Jr.

St. John AME (River Rouge)

10:45 AM

505 Beechwood

(313) 386-2288

Rev. Gerald D. Cardwell

Macedonia Missionary Baptist (Pontiac)

7:30 AM & 10AM

512 Pearsall St.

(248) 335-2298

Rev. Terrance J. Gowdy

St. Matthew AME

11 AM

9746 Petoskey

(313) 894-3633

Rev. Gloria Clark

Mark’s Tabernacle Missionary Baptist


15757 Wyoming

(313) 863-8090

Pastor J. Leonard Jones

St. Paul AME (Detroit)

10 AM

2260 Hunt St.

(313) 567-9643

Rev. Andre L. Spivey

Martin Evans Baptist Church


11025 Gratiot

(313) 526-0328

Rev. Thermon Bradfield, Pastor

St. Paul AME (Southwest)

9:30AM & 11AM

579 S. Rademacher

(313) 843-8090

Rev. Jeffrey Baker

Messiah Baptist


8100 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 864-3337

Pastor Orville K. Littlejohn

St. Peter AME


948 Watling Blvd.

Rev. Kim Howard

Metropolitan Baptist


13110 14th Street

(313) 869-6676

Rev. Dr. Charles Clark, Jr.

St Stephen AME


6000 John E. Hunter Drive

(313) 895-4800

Dr. Michael A. Cousin

Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist


4741-43 Iroquois

(313) 924-6090

Trinty AME


6516 16TH St.

(313) 897-4320

Rev. Dr. Alice Patterson

Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist


7432 Oakland Ave.

(313) 872-4630

Vernon Chapel AME


18500 Norwood St.

(313) 893-5275

Rev. Larry James Bell

Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist


8944 Mack Ave

(313) 571-0041

Pastor Henry Crenshaw

Vinson Chapel AME (Clinton Twp.)


22435 Quinn Rd

(586) 792-2130

Rev. Arnita Traylor

Mt. Olive Baptist


9760 Woodward Ave.

(313) 871-5854

Rev. Harold H. Cadwell, Jr.

Visitor’s Chapel AME


4519 Magnolia Street

(313) 898-2510

Rev. Anita McCants

Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist

8AM & 10AM

21150 Moross Rd.

(313) 884-6648

Pastor James Minnick

Mt. Valley Missionary Baptist

9:30AM & 11AM

14718 Fenkell

(313) 272-0428

Dr. E. C. Garrison

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist (Ecorse)

7:30AM & 10:50AM

3936 12th St.

(313) 383-1069

Rev. Damon Pierson

Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church


901 Melbourne

(313) 871-6509

Rev. Oscar A. E. Hayes

(313) 894-5788

Rev. Robert Smith Jr.


Rev. Marvin Youmans

Clinton Chapel AME Zion


3401 23rd Street

(313) 897-5866

Pastor Ronald L. Bailey

New Bethel Baptist

7:30AM & 10:45AM

8430 C. L. Franklin Blvd.

Greater St. Peters AME Zion


4400 Mt. Elliott

(313) 923-3161

Rev. Anthony Johnson

New Bethlehem Baptist

9:15AM & 10:45AM

19018 Hawthorne

(313) 366-1872

Lomax Temple AME Zion

8AM & 11AM

17441 Dequindre

(313) 893-1463

Rev. Brian Relford

New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist


3061 Ewald Circle

(313) 931-0559

Metropolitan AME Zion


17816 Woodward

(313) 869-5150

Rev. George A. Stewart

New Birth Baptist Church

8AM & 11AM

27628 Avondale

(313) 563-1705

Rev. Joseph A. Stephens

St. Paul AME Zion


11359 Dexter

(313) 933-1822

Rev. Eleazar Merriweather

New Calvary Baptist


3975 Concord St.

(313) 923-1600

Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors

St. Peter AME Zion


3056 Yemans

(313) 875-3877

Rev. Michael Nelson

New Faith Baptist Church



(313) 533-0679

Rev. McKinley A. Williams

John Wesley AME Zion (Southfield)

7:30AM & 10:45AM

28001 Evergreen

(248) 358-9307

Rev. Al Hamilton

New Greater Christ Baptist


13031 Charlevoix

(313) 331-2386

Rev. Dr. William O. Thompson

New Greater Oregon St. John


8010 Manor

(313) 931-1850

Rev. Robert L. Sykes

New Heritage Baptist


11226 E. Jefferson Ave.

(313) 837-4912

Rev. Jobe C. Hughley

New Jerusalem Temple Baptist


17330 Fenkell

(313) 836-8970

Rev. Lawrence J. London

New Liberty Baptist Church

8AM & 11AM

2965 Meldrum

(313) 921-0118

Rev. Dr. Maurice Strimage, Jr., Pastor Rev. Billy J. Hales


Rev. Arthur L. Turner

Abundant Life A.O.H. Church of God


437 S. Livernois

(313) 843-4339

Rev. Charles A. Bailey

New Life Community Church (Romulus)


35761 Van Born Rd

(734) 968-0105

Aimwell Apostolic Church


5632 Montclair

(313) 922-3591

Elder H. Seals

New Life MBC of Detroit


8300 Van Dyke

(313) 923-3111

Pastor Edison Ester, Jr.

Apostolic Church of God In Christ


5296 Tireman

(313) 894-2522

Rev. Gilbert Allen

New Light Baptist

10:45 AM

5240 W. Chicago

(313) 931-1111

Rev. Frederick L. Brown, Sr., Pastor

Apostolic Faith Temple


4735 W. Fort Street

(313) 843-3660

Bishop Lambert Gates

New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist


13100 Woodward Ave.

(313) 869-0190

Rev. Dr. Jerome Kirby

Apostolic Temple


5201 French Rd.

(313) 826-6487

Bishop Derrick C. McKinney

New Mt. Pleasant Baptist


2127 East Canfield

(313) 831-4669

Rev. Willie Smith

Bethel Christian Ministries (Oak Park)


13500 Oak Park Blvd.

(248) 424-5584

Bishop Donald E. Burwell

New Mt. Vernon Baptist


521 Meadowbrook

(313) 331-6146

Rev. Dr. Edward R. Knox

Bethel Church of the Apostolic Faith


3381 Mack Ave.

(313) 579-2765

Elder John M. Lucas

New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist

10:45 AM

2201 Elmhurst

(313) 868-7240

Rev. Jimmie T. Wafer

Bethlehem Temple


16238 Joy Road

(313) 273-5699

Elder Samuel Hemmingway

New Prospect Missionary Baptist

7:30AM & 11AM

6330 Pembroke

(313) 341-4883

Rev. Dr. Wilma R. Johnson

Bethlehem Temple Church of Detroit

12 Noon

5594 Pennsylvania St.

(313) 923-4860

Pastor Brenda Waller

New Providence Baptist

8AM & 11AM

18211 Plymouth

(313) 837-0818

Rev. Everett N. Jennings

Calvary Apostolic Ministries (Southfield)


18347 W. McNichols

(313) 541-8728

Elder William E. Watson II

New Resurrection Missionary Baptist


7718 W. McNichols

(313) 862-3466

Rev. Arthur Caldwell III

Christ Temple Apostolic Church (Westland)


29124 Eton St.

(734) 326-3833

District Elder Luke A. McClendon

New Salem Baptist


2222 Illinois St.

(313) 833-0640

Rev. Kevin H. Johnson, Pastor

Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Inc.


3907 30th Street

(313) 897-6132

Bishop James Garrett

New St. Mark Baptist

7:30AM & 10AM

24331 W. 8 Mile Rd.

(313) 541-3846

Rev. Larry Smith

Christ Temple, City of Refuge (Inkster)

12 Noon

27741 Carlysle

(313) 278-8282

Elder L. C. Barnes, Jr.

New St. Paul Baptist


2101 Lakewood

(313) 824-2060

Rev. Tolan J. Morgan

Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple

12 Noon

2900 W. Chicago Blvd.

(313) 361-1110

Bishop Shedrick L. Clark, Sr.

New St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist


1600 Pingree

(313) 871-6969

Rev. Walter K. Cheeks

Corinthian Apostolic Faith


19638 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 836-0380

Elder Benjamin S. Hoke, Sr.

Northwest Unity Missionary


8345 Ellsworth

(313) 863-8820

Rev. Dr. Oscar W. King III

Deliverance Temple of Faith Ministries


9600 Woodlawn

(313) 923-3545

Elder Gary R. Gay, Sr.

Oasis of Hope


933 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 891-2645

Pastor Claude Allen May

Faith Reconciliation Tabernacle Center Inc.


16599 Meyers

(313) 345-3849

Pastor Ray Johnson

Overcomers Evangel Missionary Baptist


20045 James Couzens Hwy. (313) 861-9144

Rev. C. Kenneth Dexter

Family Worship Center (Ecorse)

9:30AM & 11AM

4411 Fifth Street

(313) 381-9860

Pastor Tommy L. Lyons

Peace Missionary Baptist


13450 Goddard

(313) 368-2304

Rev. David L. Jefferson, Sr.

First United Church of Jesus Christ


8061 Joy Rd.

(313) 834-8811

Bishop Cleven L. Jones, Sr.

Pilgrim Star Missionary Baptist Church

12 Noon

5619 14th Street

(313) 361-2542

Pastor Billy Hall

Grace Christian Church

11AM & 7PM

16001 W. 7 Mile Rd.

(313) 272-6111

Elder Billy Owens

Pine Grove Baptist


1833 S. Electric

(313) 381-7882

Rev. Debirley Porter

Greater Christ Temple (Ferndale)


210 Hilton Rd.

(248) 414-3700

Presiding Bishop Carl E. Holland

Pleasant Grove MBC

8AM & 10:45AM

13651 Dequindre

(313) 868-8144

Pastor Louis Forsythe II

Greater Grace Temple

7:30AM & 11AM

23500 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 543-6000

Bishop Charles Haywood Ellis III

Greater Grace Temple O.G.H.M. (Taylor)


24111 Koths

(313) 295-4472

Suff. Bishop Gary Harper

Renaissance Baptist 10:30AM 1045 East Grand Blvd. (313) 922-7287

Rev. Edwin H. Holmes, Pastor Rev. Dale Weathers, Assoc. Pastor

Greater Second Ebenezer Apostolic Faith

11:45 AM

14118 Rosa Parks Blvd.

(313) 869-7783

Pastor O.B. Mahone, Jr.

Rosedale Park Baptist


14179 Evergreen

(313) 538-1180

Rev. Haman Cross, Jr.

Holy Temple

11:30 AM

8590 Esper Blvd

(313) 416-2166

Pastor Pamela Dixon

Russell Street Baptist


8700 Chrysler Fwy. Dr.

(313) 875-1615

Rev. Dee M. Coleman

Immanuel House of Prayer


147 E. Grand Blvd.

(313) 567-1871

Bishop Thomas L. Johnson, Sr.

Samaritan Missionary Baptist


8806 Mack Ave.

(313) 571-9797

Rev. Robert E. Starghill, Sr.

Independent Apostolic Assembly

10:30AM & 6:30PM

16111 W. Eight Mile

(313) 838-0456

Bishop Charles C. McRae III

Second Baptist Church of Detroit

8AM & 10:30AM

441 Monroe Street

(313) 961-0920

Rev. Kevin M. Turman

Jesus Christ Apostolic


13341 Gratiot

(313) 371-8611

Pastor M. L. Jennings

Shady Grove Baptist

11 AM

2741 McDougall

(313) 923-1393

Pastor Roger Carson, Jr.

Mt. Sinai House of Prayer

11:30AM & 7PM

6462 Van Dyke

(313) 925-7050

Bishop Samuel Moore

Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church


12728 Grand River

(313) 491-3190

Dr. Charles E. Marshall Sr.

New Greater Bethlehem Temple Community


3763 16th Street

(313) 386-3055

Elder Anthony V. Price

Springhill Missionary Baptist

7:45AM & 11AM

21900 Middlebelt Rd.

(248) 306-5450

Rev. Ronald Garfield Arthur

New Liberty Apostolic Faith


8425 Fenkell Ave.

(313) 342-2423

Bishop G.M. Boone D.D.

St. Bartholomew - St Rita

Sat. 4PM | Sun. 9AM &11AM

2291 E. Outer Drive

(313) 892-1446

Rev. Ronald A. Borg

New Life Assembly (Southfield)


27800 Southfield Rd.

(248) 851-3189

Elder Ronald B. Dalton

St. James Missionary Baptist


9912 Kercheval

(313) 822-9322

Pastor Karl Reid

New Mt. Olives Apostolic Faith


2676 Hendrie

(313) 337-2027

Dr. Jeffrey I. Harris

St. Luke of Detroit


11832 Petoskey

(313) 912-6270

Bishop Chris C. Gardner III

Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ (Eastpointe)


16226 E. Nine Mile

(586) 772-2336

Pastor Keith L. Spiller, Sr.

St. Matthew Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

13500 Wyoming

(313) 933-3722

Rev. David L. Lewis

Pentecostal Temple


750 Alter Rd.

(313) 824-8437

Bishop Dr. Charles M. Laster

St Missionary Baptist Church


9212 Kercheval

(313) 372-5426

Rev David L. Brown

Solomon’s Cathedral C.O.O.L.J. of the Apostolic Faith Inc.


19538 Schoolcraft

(313) 273-2992

Bishop Anthony David Crawford

St. Phillip’s Baptist MBC

9:30AM & 11:30AM

7307 Livernois

(313) 894-8123

Rev. Alvin D. Hodges, Sr.

St. Paul Apostolic Temple


17400 Manderson

(313) 861-2784

Bishop Benjamin S. Hoke

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist

8AM & 11AM

2080 W. Grand Blvd.

(313) 898-3325

Rev Nathan Johnson

True Light Temple


8730 Harper

(313) 922-4500

Elder Michael Mitchell

Temple of Faith Baptist


14834 Coram Ave.

(313) 526-1400

Rev. Alan J. Jones

True Worship Church


803 Cottrell

(313) 834-1697

Pastor Lovell Cannon Jr.

Tennessee Missianary Baptist


2100 Fischer

(313) 823-4850

Rev. Milbrun L. Pearson, II

Unity Temple of the Apostolic Faith


17376 Wyoming Ave.

(313) 862-3700

Pastor Steven Staten

Thankful Missionary Baptist Church


2449 Carpenter St.

(313) 365-5519

Rev. Charles Hubbert

Word of Life Temple of Jesus Christ


19391 Conant

(313) 368-8630

Bishop Carl Noble, Sr., Pastor

The Calvary Baptist Church

7:45AM & 10:45AM

1000 Robert Bradby Drive

(313) 567-4575

Rev. Lawrence T. Foster

Zion Hill Church (Berkley)


3688 Twelve Mile Rd.

(248) 548-9466

Pastor Clarence Hawkins III

Third Baptist Church


582 East Ferry

(313) 874-4133

Rev. Fred L. Gilbert

Third New Hope Baptist Church

8AM/10AM & 12Noon

12850 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 491-7890

E. L. Branch, Senior Pastor

Triumph Missionary Baptist Church


2550 S. Liddesdale

(313) 386-8044

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

True Light Missionary Baptist


2504 Beniteau

(313) 822-3170

Rev. Alton M. Reid

True Love Missionary Baptist Church

7AM & 11:15AM

8200 Tireman

(313) 931-1177

Rev. Herbert B. Robinson, Jr.

BAPTIST Aijalon Baptist


6419 Beechwood

(313) 895-7283

Rev. Dr. Curtis C. Williams

Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist


1840 Midland

(313) 868-2659

Rev. Floyd A. Davis

Bethany Baptist Church


15122 W. Chicago Blvd.

(313) 836-7667

Rev. Dr. Samuel H. Bullock, Jr.

Union Baptist


1754 E. Grand Blvd.

(313) 922-2557

Rev. Patrick L. Franklin

Bethel Baptist Church East

7:30AM & 10:45AM

5715-33 Holcomb

(313) 923-3060

Dr. Michael Andrew Owens

Union Grace Missionary Baptist


2550 W. Grand Blvd.

(313) 894-2500

Rev. Reginald E. Smith

Bethesda Missionary


8801 David St.

(313) 571-0095

Pastor Edward Holly

Union Second Baptist (River Rouge)


459 Beechwood St.

(313) 383-5559

Rev. Kenneth L. Brown

Beulah Missionary Baptist (Westland)


5651 Middlebelt

(734) 595-6146

Rev. Kenneth C. Pierce

United Missionary Baptist (Pontiac)


471 S. Boulevard

(248) 332-8917

Pastor Wardell Milton

Central Institutional M.B.C


15170 Archdale

(313) 836-2933

Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith

United Prayer Temple Baptist Church


15003 Fairfield

(313) 342-4011

Rev. Anthony L. Caudle, Sr.

Chapel Hill Baptist

7:45AM & 10:45AM

5000 Joy Road

(313) 931-6805

Rev. Dr. R. LaMont Smith II

Victory Fellowship Baptist Church


17401 East Warren Ave.

(313) 886-3541

Rev. Darryl S. Gaddy Sr.

Christ Cathedral Baptist


6115 Hartford

(313) 895-1999

Rev. George R. Williams, Jr.

Warren Ave. Missionary Baptist

7:30AM & 10:30AM

1042-44 East Warren Ave.

(313) 831-5990

Rev. Bernard Smith

Christ Reformed Baptist

11 AM

13576 Lesure

(313) 836-8507

Rev. Willie Williams

Williams Chapel Missionary Baptist


3100 Elmwood

(313) 579-0875

Rev. James C. Jones

Christian Chapel Community Baptist


22930 Chippewa

(248) 624-7675

Rev. George B. Glass, Jr.

Wings of Love Baptist


17133 John R.

(313) 867-7411

Rev. Alvin E. Jackson

Christ’s Mission Missionary Baptist


3712 Preston

(313) 579-9590

Rev. Howard R. Ramsey

Zion Hope Missionary Baptist

7:30AM & 10:45AM

4800 Van Dyke

(313) 921-3967

Rev. Curtis R. Grant Jr.

Christland Missionary Baptist


12833 Puritan

(313) 341-0366

Rev. Allen O. Langford

Zion Hill Baptist Church


12017 Dickerson

Church of God Baptist

11 AM

12000 Grand River

(313) 834-1265

Rev. Clifford D. Burrell, M. DIV.

Zion Progress Baptist

11:00 AM

Church of the New Covenant Baptist


3426 Puritan Ave.

(313) 864-6480

Rev. Brian Martin Ellison

Church of Our Faith


2561 Beniteau

(313) 821-3627

Rev. William Anderson

Church of Our Father MBC

8AM & 10:45AM

5333 E. 7 Mile

(313) 891-7626

Rev. Bernard Byles

Conventional Missionary Baptist


2255 Seminole

(313) 922-4010

Pastor Roderick L. Richardson

Christ the King


20800 Grand River

(313) 532-1211

Rev. Victor Clore

Corinthian BC (Hamtramck)

8AM & 10:45AM

1725 Caniff Street

(313) 868-7664

Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan

Church of the Madonna


1125 Oakman Blvd.

(313) 868-4308

Msgr. Michael Le Fevre

Cosmopolitan Baptist


17131 St. Aubin

(313) 893-6163

Pastor Senoise Clemons, Jr.

Corpus Christi

9 AM

16000 Pembroke

(313) 272-0990

Rev. Donald Archambault

Dexter Avenue Baptist MBC

7:45AM & 10:45AM

13500 Dexter

(313) 869-4878

Rev. Ricardo Bartlett II

GESU Catholic Church

5PM Sat & 8 & 10:30AM Sun.

17180 Oak Drive

(313) 862-4400

Rev. R. Scullin, S.J.

El Bethel Missionary MBC

8AM, 10AM & 12NOON

25295 Grand River

(313) 532-7897

Lawrence C. Glass, Jr., Pastor

Good Shepherd Catholic


1265 Parkview

(313) 822-1262

Fr. Michael NKachukwu

Elim Baptist

11 AM

19333 Lahser Rd.

(313) 533-7285

Rev. Charles D. Oliver

Martyrs of Uganda

11AM-Sat. 9AM

7601 Rosa Parks Blvd.

(313) 896-2335

Fr. Tyrone Robinson

El-Shaddai Missionary Baptist (Ferndale)

8AM & 11AM

928 E. 10 Mile

(248) 548-5683

Rev. Benny Holmes

Our Lady of Good Counsel

Sun. 9:30AM - Sat. 4PM

17142 Rowe St.

(313) 372-1698

Rev. Robert J. Kotlarz

Elyton Missionary Baptist

8AM & 10:45AM

8903 St. Cyril

(313) 921-4072

Rev. John D. Kelly

Presentation/Our Lady of Victory


19760 Meyers Rd.

(313) 342-1333

Rev. Hubert Sanders

Emmanuel MBC


13230 W. McNichols

(313) 927-2627

Rev. Frederick Lee Brown, Sr.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

8AM /10AM

3451 Rivard St.

(313) 831-1356

Rev. Norman P. Thomas

First Baptist S.W.

8AM & 11AM

7642 Gould @ Crossley

(313) 841-4866

Rev. Garrund Woolridge

St. Aloysius Church

11:30AM - Sat. 4PM

1234 Washington Blvd.

(313) 237-5810

Fr. Mark Soehner, O.F.M.

First Baptist World Changers Int’l. Min.


22575 W. Eight Mile Rd.

(313) 255-0212

Pastor Lennell D. Caldwell

St. Augustine and St. Monica


4151 Seminole Street

(313) 921-4107

Rev. Daniel Trapp

First Greater St. Paul Baptist

8AM & 10:45AM

15325 Gratiot Avenue

(313) 839-4000

Dr. Ricardo Bartlett, Sr.

St. Cecilia

8:30AM & 10AM

10400 Stoepel

(313) 933-6788

Fr. Theodore Parker

First Institutional Baptist


17101 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 838-0166

St. Gerard

8AM /11AM/4PM Sat.

19800 Pembroke

(313) 537-5770

Rev. Donald Archambault

First Missionary Baptist (Ecorse)

7:30AM &10:45AM

3837 15th Street

(313) 381-2700

Rev. Alfred L. Davis Jr.

St. Gregory The Great


15031 Dexter

(313) 861-0363

Msgr. Michael Le Fevre

First Progressive Missionary Baptist

9:20AM & 11AM

10103 Gratiot

(313) 925-9377

Dr. R. W. McClendon

St. Luke

11:30 AM - Sat. 4PM

8017 Ohio Ave.

(313) 935-6161

Fr. Tyrone Robinson

First Union Missionary Baptist


5510 St. Aubin

(313) 571-3043

Rev. Frank J. Knolton

St. Matthew

10 AM - Sat. 4:30PM

6021 Whittier

(313) 884-4470

Rev. Duane R. Novelly

Flowery Mount Baptist


13603 Linwood

(313) 869-2567

Rev. Daniel Moore

St. Patrick


58 Parsons St.

(313) 833-0857

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist (Westland)

8AM & 10AM

29066 Eton St.

(734) 721-2557

Rev. Dr. John E. Duckworth

St. Raymond Church

Sun. 11AM - Sat. 4:30PM

20103 Joann St.

(313) 577-0525

Fr. Robert Kotlavz

God’s House of Prayer Baptist

11AM & 4PM

3606 25th St.

(313) 894-6739

Rev. Michael L. Townsell

St. Rita

9AM & 11:30AM

1000 E. State Fair

(313) 366-2340

Fr. Tim Kane

Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist


20915 Evergreen Rd.

(248) 353-4368

St. Peter Claver Catholic Community

10AM Sun.

13305 Grove Ave.

(313) 342-5292

Rev. James O’Reilly, S.J.

Great Commission Baptist


19250 Riverview

(313) 255-7995

Rev. Al Bufkin

Sts. Peter & Paul (Jesuit)

11AM & 7:35 PM

438 St. Antoine

(313) 961-8077

Fr. Carl A. Bonk

Greater Burnette Baptist

8AM & 10:30AM & 6PM 16801 Schoolcraft

(313) 837-0032

Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Caldwell

St. Suzanne/Our Lady Gate of Heaven

Sat. 5:30PM - Sun. 9AM

19321 W. Chicago

(313) 838-6780

Fr. Robert McCabe

Greater Christ Baptist

8AM & 10:45AM

3544 Iroquois

(313) 924-6900

Rev. James C. Perkins

Greater Concord Missionary Baptist

9:30AM & 11AM

4500 East Davison Rd.

(313) 891-6800

Dr. Cullian W. Hill, Pastor

Greater Ephesian Baptist


9403 Oakland

(313) 867-3889

Rev. Jerry Lee James

Renaissance Christian Church


18101 James Couzens

(313) 341-7025

Rev. Antonio Harlan

Greater Macedonia Baptist


8200 Mack Ave.

(313) 923-5588

Rev. Wallace Bell

Serenity Christian Church


5801 E. 7 Mile

(313) 892-3550

Rev. John C. Harvey

7835 E. Layfayette

(313) 372-3987 (313) 331-8244

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15001 Quincy

(313) 341-0524

Rev. Diane Beverly

Action Outreach Church

10AM & 11:30AM

12908 W. 7 Mile Rd.

(313) 345-3016

A.C. Goodman, Pastor

Carter Metropolitan CME


1510-12 W. Grand Blvd.

(313) 895-6744

Rev. Dr. Faith A. Allen

Almighty God Missionary Tabernacle


2708 Joseph Campau

(313) 921-0848

Rev. Dr. Minnie L. Lacy

Central CME


7600 Tireman

(313) 931-0592

Rev. Eduardo Spragg

Bible Standard Church of God


9600 Woodlawn

(313) 921-9741

Rev. Samuel Oree

Coggins Memorial CME


4900 Hurlbut

(313) 921-1565

Rev. Alexander Miner

Body of Christ International


11780 Ohio

(313) 491-2102

Bishop Kenneth L. Tate

Grace CME


642 W. McNichols

(313) 862-4774

Rev. John C. Clemons

Body of Christ Community of Faith


18100 Meyers Rd.

(313) 345-9106

Rev. Benjamin Prince

Greater New Bethany CME (Romulus)


35757 Vinewood

(313) 326-0210

Rev. Zachary E. Easterly

Bride Of Christ


12400 Kelly

(313) 371-3236

Rev. Bill McCullum

Hamlett Temple CME


13600 Wyoming

(313) 834-6598

Rev. Dr. Barbara Delaney

Calvary Church of Jesus Christ


6318 Varney

(313) 922-3877

Pastor L.C. Gray

Isom Memorial CME (Belleville)


23612 Sumpter Rd.

(734) 461-2200

Rev. Alena E. Zachery

Canton Christian Fellowship

8AM & 10:30AM

8775 Ronda Drive

(734) 404-2408

David Washington, Jr.

Missionary Temple CME


18134 Lumpkin

(313) 893-2685

Rev. Tyson Kelley

Cathedral of Faith


13925 Burt Rd.

(313) 533-9673

Rev. Lee A. Jackson

Peace CME


4613 Chene

(313) 832-5929

Rev. Odis Hunt

Cathedral of Hope


17561 Jos. Campau

(313) 366-4234

Rev. Robert Thomas, Sr.

Rosebrough Chapel CME

18618 Wyoming

(313) 861-8667

Rev. Donte’ Townsend

Christ Covenant Church

9:30AM & 11:30AM

10213 Hamilton Ave.

(313) 883-2203

Rev. Authur L. Gooden

St. John’s CME


8715 Woodward Ave.

(313) 872-5663

Rev. Joseph Gordon

Church of Universal Truth


13038 E. McNichols

(313) 371-4839

Rev. Adrian Harris

Womack Temple CME (Inkster)


28445 Cherry St.

(734) 326-4822

Rev. Robert L. Holt

Community Church of Christ


11811 Gratiot Ave.

(313) 839-7268

Pastor R. A. Cranford

Craig Memorial Tabernacle


14201 Puritan

(313) 838-4882

Bishop James L. Craig, Sr.

Deeper Life Gospel Center (Redford)


20601 Beech Daly

(313) 794-0975

Rev. Wade A. Bell, Sr.

CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ of Conant Gardens


18460 Conant

(313) 893-2438

John H. Mayberry, Jr.

Deliverance Center


340 West Grand Blvd.

(313) 297-7773

Bishop Gregg A. Booker

Holy Redeemer Church of Christ

12NOON & 3PM

7145 Harper

(313) 342-7628

Bishop J. Hatcher

Dove Christian Center Church


4660 Military

(313) 361-Dove

Pastors Lucell & Marcella Trammer

New Cameron Ave. Church of Christ

11AM & 6PM

7825 Cameron

(313) 875-8132

Lucky Dawson, Minister

Eastside Church of God (Sanctified)


2900 Gratiot Ave.

(313) 567-7822

Bishop William K. Lane D.D.

Northwest Church of Christ


5151 Oakman Blvd.

(313) 834-0562

Patrick Medlock/Stanley Daniel

Family Victory Fellowship Church (Southfield)

8AM & 11AM

19421 W. 10 Mile Rd

(248) 354-1990

Pastor Larry T. Jordan

Westside Church of Christ

11AM & 5PM

6025 Woodrow

(313) 898-6121

Jerrold D. Mcullough, Minister

Fellowship Chapel, U.C.C.


7707 W. Outer Drive

(313) 347-2820

Rev. Wendell Anthony

Wyoming Church of Christ

9:15AM/10:30AM & 6PM 20131 Wyoming

(313) 345-6780

Dallas A. Walker Jr., Minster

Full Truth Fellowship Church


4458 Joy Rd.

(313) 896-0233

Rev. Darlene C.A. Franklin

Grace Out-Reach Ministry


15251 Harper

(313) 885-1927

Bishop J. Ward, Jr.

Greater Heritage of Christ Church

11:30 AM

19471 James Couzen

Rev. Tracy Lamont Bell

CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST All God’s People Ministries


15932 E. Warren

(313) 753-3732

Apostle W. J. Rideout III - Sr., Pastor

Greater Life Christian (Pontiac)


65 E. Huron

(313) 334-1166

Eld. Ellington L. Ellis, Senior Pastor

Anderson Memorial C.O.G.I.C.


17860 Jos. Campau

(313) 366-1407

Supt. Charles J. Johnson III

Hill’s Chapel


6100 Linwood

(313) 896-9460

Rev. V. Broadnax

Bailey Temple C.O.G.I.C.


5370 McKinley Ave.

(313) 898-7996

Supt. James M. Johnson

Interfaith Church


1923 23rd Street

(810) 985-5555

Rev. Link Howard III

Calvary C.O.G.I.C.


15025 Fenkell

(313) 836-6939

Elder David L. Wells

Lighthouse Cathedral

10:30AM & 12Noon

15940 Puritan Ave

(313) 273-1110

Bishop Charlie H. Green

Christian Gospel Center


19901 Kentucky

(313) 345-9160

Rev. Marcus R. Ways

Metropolitan Temple


20099 Fenkell

(313) 533-8063

Rev. Byron Ammons

Conquerors of Faith Ministries COGIC


13100 Puritan

(313) 862-5467

Pastor S.A. Moore

New Birth Church of Christ


8021 Linwood

(313) 897-1531

Rev. Keith Cooper

Covenant Missionary Temple (Roseville)

9:30AM & Sun. 11AM

28491 Utica Rd.

(810) 776-9235

Elder Jay L. Burns

New Foundation Christian Ctr.


7759 Fenkell

(313) 862-0657

Pastor Marshall Hall

East Grand Blvd. C.O.G.I.C.


1432 East Grand Blvd.

(313) 922-1464

Bishop Elton A. Lawrence

New Galilee Spiritual Church


8025 Harper St.

(313) 571-2108

Bishop M. J. Moore Sr.

East Side Unity C.O.G.I.C.


5357 Mt. Elliott

(313) 579-2353

Supt. Robert Butts Jr.

New Life! Christian Ministries, Inc.


2415 W. Forest Ave.

(313) 894-9394

Pastor Jacquelyn L. Rhodes

Encouragement Corner Ministries

9AM & 10:30AM

10330 Whittier

(313) 417-9430

Elder Howard L. Parker, Jr.

New Testament Worship Center


14451 Burt Rd.

(313) 592-8134

Pastors Samuel & Sarah Davis

Evangel Church of God in Christ


13318 Kercheval

(313) 824-4887

Supt. James Smith, Jr.

Perfecting the Saints of God Church


13803 Newbern

(313) 368-8973

Bishop W.E. Hollowell

Faith Clinic C.O.G.I.C.


12260 Camden

(313) 372-3429

Elder Zachary Hicks

Puritan Street Church of Christ


19451 Conant

(313) 893-2197

Pastor Mary R. Ealy

Faith Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.

10:45AM & 6PM

23800 Lahser

(248) 357-3110

Elder Edward W. Lucas, D.D.

Restoration Christian Fellowship


22575 W. 8 Mile Rd.

(313) 255-0212

Pastor Paul Bersche

Fellowship C.O.G.I.C. (Ecorse)


3828 12th St.

(313) 381-6644

Rev. William Elum

Restoration International Christian Ministries


18140 Cornell Rd.

(248) 352-9256

Rev. Dr. Ronald F. Turner

Fenkell Gospel Temple C.O.G.I.C.


2600 Fenkell

(313) 862-4771

Elder Lavell Whitaker

Right Spirit Christian Church


16250 Northland Dr.

(313) 837-7510

Rev. Jacquelyn Willis

First Tabernacle of Detroit

8:30AM & 11AM

4801 Oakman Blvd.

(313) 935-PRAY

Supt. Alfred Knight Jr.

Shekinah Tabernacle Gospel Church


16900 W. Chicago

(313) 835-0283

Elder Risarg “Reggie” Huff

Healing Springs C.O.G.I.C.


10331 Dexter Ave.

(313) 813-8952

Rev. Joey Henderson

Glad Tidings C.O.G.I.C.

11:15 AM

625 E. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 366-4378

Elder Robert D. Taylor, Sr.

Shrine of the Black Madonna/ Pan African Orthodox Christian Church


7625 Linwood

(313) 875-9700

Cardinal Mbiyu Chui

Glory and Praise Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C

10AM & 11AM

16573 Meyers Rd.

(313) 862-7073

Pastor Krafus Walker

Spirit Filled Ministries


15100 Plymouth

(313) 272-3104

Pastor Thomasyne Petty Faulkner

Glory to Glory Temple C.O.G.I.C.


19309 Greenfield Rd.

(313) 477-0479

Pastor Tommy C. Vanover

St. Michael Church Guardian Angel

10AM & 11:30AM

12320 Woodrow Wilson

(313) 868-7166

Bishop James Williams

Greater Bethesda (Ecorse) C.O.G.I.C.


4670 9th Street

(313) 381-3810

Elder Sam Knolton, Sr.

Temple of St. Jude Spiritual

8AM & 11AM

8747 Fenkell

(313) 834-1650

Rev. Larry H. Williams

Greater Dequindre C.O.G.I.C.


1847 Sycamore

(313) 961-4842

Rev. Robert Bullard, Jr.

Greater Emmanuel Institutional C.O.G.I.C.

8:30AM & 11AM

19190 Schafer

(313) 864-7170

Supt. J. Drew Sheard

Greater Haven of Rest C.O.G.I.C.


16130 Woodbine

(313) Jesus-29

Supt. R. K. Benson

Greater Love Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.


17617 Plymouth Rd.

(313) 835-8016

Bishop Clifford C. Dunlap

Greater Miller Memorial C.O.G.I.C. (Warren)

11AM & 6:30PM

4439 E. Nine Mile Rd.

(586) 757-6767

Bishop Earl J. Wright

Greater Mitchell Temple C.O.G.I.C.


13737 Curtis

(313) 345-9900

Bishop John H. Sheard

Greater Mt. Everett (Ferndale)

11AM & 7PM

631 E. 8 Mile Rd.

(248) 541-7200

Elder Jesse G. Bell

Greater Northwest C.O.G.I.C.


15811 Rosa Parks Blvd.

(313) 345-4676

Pastor Supt. Cleotis Wells

Greater Rock of Ages C.O.G.I.C.


9804 Conner Ave.

(313) 526-0482

Supt. Fred L. Mitchell Sr.

Hammond C.O.G.I.C.


8740 Puritan

(313) 861-9095

Victor G. Thompson, Pastor

Hill Memorial C.O.G.I.C.


5501 Chase Rd.

(313) 846-4674

Elder Michael Hill

Jones Memorial C.O.G.I.C.

11 AM

19200 Evergreen Rd.

(313) 534-2860

Elder Leon R. McPherson Sr.

(Kendall) The New Gospel Temple C.O.G.I.C.


16601 Tireman St.

(313) 581-4377

Pastor Gerald A. Echols Jr.

New Christ Temple C.O.G.I.C.


10001 Hayes

(313) 521-5426

Rev. Lorris Upshaw, Sr.

New Jerusalem C.O.G.I.C.


7361 Linwood Ave.

(313) 894-8816

Elder Darryl Clark

New Maclin Temple C.O.G.I.C.

10AM & 12 NOON

2255 E. Forest

(313) 831-7372

Elder James M. Maclin

New St. Paul Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C.

8AM & 10AM

15340 Southfield Dr.

(313) 835-5329

Bishop P.A. Brooks

Church of God of Baldwin


5540 Talbot

(313) 366-3190

Elder Gerald Williams

Redemptive Love Christian Center


12190 Conant Ave.

(313) 893-6275

Elder Kenneth J. Jenkins

El-Beth-El Temple


15801 Schaefer

(313) 835-3326

Elder Henry G. Sims Sr.

Rewarding Faith C.O.G.I.C.

8AM & 11AM

12935 Buena Vista Ave.

(313) 933-3000

Supt. Joseph W. Harris

God’s Way Cathedral (formely C.O.G.I.C.)


14820 Puritan St.

(313) 580-9103

Bishop Herbert A. Ross D.D.

Saints Liberty Life Steps Ministries (Pontiac)


340 East Pike St.

(248) 736-3207

Elder Andrew L. Jenkins Sr.

God’s Vineyard C.O.G.I.C. (Centerline)


8090 Theisen

(586) 755-8910

Bishop Carey Jackson Jr.

Seth Temple C.O.G.I.C.


9841 Dundee

(313) 931-1315

Elder Philip R. Jackson

Great Faith Ministries Int’l


10735 Grand River

(313) 491-1330

Bishop Wayne & Pastor Beverly Jackson

Shiloh Chapel C.O.G.I.C.

9AM & 11:30AM

14841 Eastburn Ave.

(313) 527-5400

Bishop Alfred M. Smith

Greater Faith Assembly


1330 Crane St.

(313) 821-5761

Bishop Raphael Williams Sr.

The Open Door C.O.G.I.C.


14900 E. 7 Mile Rd.

(313) 526-3460

Elder Alan R. Evans

Mt. Zion Church of Deliverance


2263 S. Fort St.

(313) 388-9867

Rev. Jewett B. Jackson

The Way of True Holiness C.O.G.I.C.


1901 Electric Ave.

(313) 383-3373

Elder Curtis Charles McDonald

New Jerusalem C.O.G.I.C.


7361 Linwood

(313) 894-8816

Elder Darryl Clark

The Word of Truth C.O.G.I.C. (Warren)

9AM &10:30 AM

7107 Rivard Ave.

(586) 754-9673

Dr. Robert E. Garner, Pastor

New Resurrection Faith Ministries Inc.


18614 Schoolcraft

(313) 836-8099

Bishop Merdith R. Bussell

Unity Fellowship C.O.G.I.C.

11AM & 6PM

17050 Joy Rd.

(313) 270-2000

Elder George W. Hutchinson, Sr.

Thomas Temple C.O.G.I.C.

11am & 5:30PM

14500 Grand River

(313) 835-3570

Bishop Frank Richard

Walk In The Spirit C.O.G.I.C.


11648 Whittier Ave.

(313) 371-4007

Elder Leon K. Shipman Sr.

True Testimonial of Jesus (Roseville)

11:30 AM

19200 Frazho

(810) 443-4999

Rev. Willie Moorer Jr.

Universal Church of the Living God

10AM & 11:15AM

3401 Grandy Ave.

(313) 259-0707

Bishop Earl Field, Sr.

World Deliverance Temple

8AM & 11AM

27355 Ann Arbor Trail

(313) 730-8900

Bishop Roy Ferguson

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE New Hope Church of the Nazarene


7630 Southfield Rd.

(313) 633-0852

Transforming Love Community 10AM

Northwest Activities Center (313) 270-2325 Ballroom

Rev. Shaheerah Stephens

True Light Worship Center


8714 W. McNichols

(313) 864-1046

Rev. William H. Sanders

Unique Non-Complaining Church (Redford)

8AM & 12 Noon

26547 Grand River Ave.

(313) 794-5440

Pastor Charles E. Brooks Jr.

Universal Hagar’s Spiritual Temple #7

11AM & Fri. 6PM

13327 W. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 862-0363

Rev. Mother Cynthia Nelson

Universal Liberty In Christ Temple, Inc


7000 E. Canfield

(313) 923-5360

Rev. Ralph J. Boyd

Universal Life of Hope


15065 Grand River

(313) 836-2100

Rev. Dr. R. Hill

Universal Triumph the Dominion of God, Inc.


1651 Ferry Park

(313) 873-6591 Rev. Lord & Princess James Maggie Shaffer

Waterfall Bible Institute

6PM - 10PM

12040 Visger Rd.

(313) 382-0900

Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cain

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthordox


(313) 533-3437

V. Rev. Fr. Leo Copacia



Pastor John O. Wright, Jr.



19125 Greenview

(313) 537-2590

Bushnell Congregational Church

10:30 AM

15000 Southfield Rd.

(313) 272-3550

Rev. Roy Isaac

Christ Presbyterian


23795 Civic Center Dr.

(248) 356-2635

First Congregational Church of Detroit


33 E. Forest

(313) 831-4080

Rev. Dr. Lottie Jones Hood

First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham

8:30AM & 10AM

1669 W. Maple

(248) 644-2040

Hope Presbyterian


15340 Meyers Rd.

(313) 861-2865

Rev. Raphael B. Francis

St. John’s Presbyterian, U.S.A.


1961 E. Lafayette Blvd.

(313) 567-0213

Rev. Johnie Bennett

Trinity Community Presbyterian U.S.A.

8:30AM & 11AM

4849 W. Outer Drive

(313) 342-2288

Rev. Edwin Fabré

Westminster Church for All People

8:30AM & 11AM

17567 Hubbell Ave.

(313) 341-2697

Rev. Neeta R. Nichols

Episcopal All Saints Episcopal


Cathedral Church of St. Paul Christ Church - Detroit

3837 W. Seven Mile

(313) 341-5320

Rev. C. Alfred Loua

7:30AM, 8:15AM & 10:30AM 4800 Woodward Ave

(313) 831-5000

Rev. Dr. S. Scott Hunter

8:15AM & 10:30AM

960 E. Jefferson

(313) 259-6688

Rev. John Talk

Grace Episcopal

8:30 & 11AM

1926 Virginia Park

(313) 895-6442

Supply Clergy

St. Christopher St. Paul’s Episcopal Church


20750 W. McNichols

(313) 538-2320

Rev. Deborah Semon Scott

St. Clement’s Episcopal (Inkster)

8AM & 10:30AM

4300 Harrison St.

(734) 728-0790

Rev. Ellis Clifton. Jr., Rector

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal


6114 28th St.

(313) 896-7515

Rev. Dr. Donald M. Lutas

St. Matthew’s & St. Joseph’s Episcopal

8AM & 11AM

8850 Woodward Ave.

(313) 871-4750

Rev. Shannon Brown -MacVean

St. Phillip & St. Stephen Episcopal


14225 Frankfort

(313) 822-7730

St. Timothy’s Episcopal


15820 Wyoming

(313) 341-1244

Calvary Presbyterian


(CUMBERLAND) PRESBYTERIAN St. Paul Cumberland Presbyterian


St. Peter’s Primitive


Church of the Living God /#37


2780 Packard Rd.

Supply Clergy

Abundant Life Full Gospel Worship Center


5619 Charles

(313) 366-0874

Pastors Roger & Mary Lewis

Crossroads Victory Full Gospel Cathedral

10:30AM & 11:30AM

9355 Greenfield

(313) 836-7260

Rev. Dr. Eileen V. Martin, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Heavenly Dimensions F.G.B.C.

10AM & 11AM

11731 Mt. Elliot

(313) 368-2925

Pastor Robert D. Lodge Jr.

Resurrection Ministries


4959 Martin

(313) 896-1708

Rev. William Goodman


17251 Jos Campau

(313) 893-9094

Rev. Walter L. Harris

3556 Dubois

(313) 831-2770

Elder Leroy Williams


5027 W. Boston

(313) 834-4770

Rev. Robert Morris


(734) 971-8317 Rev. Jeffery D. Harrold


(313) 834-2463



3841 Humphrey


Nardin Park Community New Beginnings Free Methodist (Ann Arbor)

Rev. Kevin R. Johnson

Burns Church of Seventh-Day Adventist

Sat. 11:00AM

10125 East Warren Ave

(313) 924-5535

Rev. Cory Jackson, Sr., Pastor

City Temple Seventh-Day Adventist

9:15AM & 11AM

8816 Grand River

(313) 897-0506

Leon J. Bryant, Pastor

Detroit Northwest Seventh-day Adventist Church

Sat. 9:45 & 11:15 AM

14301 Burt Rd

(313) 538-8190

Cory Jackson, Pastor

Ecorse Church of Seventh-Day Adventists

Sat. 9:15AM &10:45AM

3834 10th St.

(313) 928-9212

William Hughes, Pastor

Sharon Seventh-Day (Inkster)

Sat. 9:15AM & 11AM

28537 Cherry Street

(313) 722-2313

Philip Jones, Pastor

UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST First Unitarian Universalist Church


4605 Cass Ave.

(313) 833-9107

Rev. Bill Neely

Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church


23925 Northwestern Hwy.

(248) 354-4488

Rev. Kimi Riegel

Community Christian Fellowship


8131 E. Outer Drive

(313) 245-2925

Bishop Samuel A Wilson, Sr.

First Church of the Redeemed


9360 Van Dyke

(313) 923-6455

Min. Katherine M. Fitzgerald

For Such A Time As This Ministry


10630 Grand River

(313) 935-9992

Pastor Joyce Driver

Grace Community Church of Detroit

8AM & 11AM

20021 W. Chicago Rd.

(313) 273-0410

William A Harris, Minister

Mayflower Congregational Church


7301 Curtis

(313) 861-6450

Rev. J. Michael Curenton

People’s Community

7:30AM & 10:30AM

8601 Woodward Ave.

(313) 871-4676

Rev. Martin E. Bolton

St. John’s – St. Luke


2120 Russell

(313) 393-8168

Rev. J. Womack – Rev. L. Hawkins

Calvary United Methodist





15050 Hubbell

(313) 835-1317

Rev. Dr. Theodore L. Whitely, Sr.

Masjid Wali Muhammed (Jum’ah 1PM)

Ta’aleem Sunday 1PM

11529 Linwood

(313) 868-2131

Imam Salim MuMin

Cass Community United Methodist


3901 Cass Ave.

(313) 833-7730

Rev. Faith Fowler

Moorish Science Temple of America, Temple #25

2-4 Sun./7:30PM-10PM FRI.

5601 Grand River

(313) 894-8340

Minister Bro Craig P. Fuqua-Bey

Central United Methodist


23 E. Adams

(313) 965-5422

Rev. Edwin A. Rowe

Muhammad Mosque No. One

11AM Sun./ 8PM W&F

14880 Wyoming

(313) 931-4873

Minister Rasul Muhammad

Conant Avenue United Methodist


18600 Conant Ave.

(313) 891-7237

Rev. Dr. Darryl E. Totty

(The) Muslim Center (Jum’ah Prayer 1PM)

Ta’aleem 12NOON

1605 W. Davison Ave.

(313) 883-3330

Derrick Ali, Imam

Faith United Methodist (Oak Park)

9:30AM & 10AM

23880 Scotia

(248) 542-8861

Rev. Jonathan Combs

Henderson Memorial United Methodist


7520 Puritan

(313) 342-4020

Rev. Thomas Taylor

Hope United Methodist (Southfield)

7:30AM & 10:30AM

26275 Northwestern Hwy.

(248) 356-1020

Dr. Carlyle Fielding Stewart IIIs

Metropolitan United Methodist Church


8000 Woodward

(313) 875-7407

Rev. Tonya M. Amesen

LUTHERAN Cross of Glory Lutheran (ELCA)


16661 E. State Fair

(313) 839-5787

Pr. Michael Rothgery

Mt. Hope United Methodist


15400 E. Seven Mile Rd.

(313) 371-8540

Rev. Henry Williams

Genesis Lutheran


7200 Mack

(313) 571-7371

no pastor at present time

People’s United Methodist


19370 Greenfield

(313) 342-7868

Rev. Carter A. Grimmett

Good Shepherd Lutheran (ELCA)


16100 Lawton St.

(313) 341-3978

no pastor at present time

Redford Aldergate United Methodist Church

9AM & 11:15AM

22400 Grand River

(313) 531-2210

Rev. Jeffrey S. Nelson

Gracious Saviour Lutheran (ELCA)


19484 James Couzens Hwy.

(313) 342-4950

no pastor at present time

Second Grace United Methodist

8AM & 11AM

18700 Joy Rd.

(313) 838-6475

Rev. Dr. Charles S. G. Boayue

Immanuel Lutheran (ELCA)

8AM & 11AM

13031 Chandler Park Dr.

(313) 821-2380

Pr. Patrick P. Gahagen

Scott Memorial United Methodist


15361 Plymouth

(313) 836-6301

Rev. Anthony Hood

Iroquois Ave Christ Lutheran (ELCA)


2411 Iroquois

(313) 921-2667

Pr. Maxcy Christmas

St. James United Methodist (Westland)


30055 Annapolis Rd.

(313) 729-1737

Rev. Willie F. Smith

Revelation Lutheran (ELCA)


6661 Oakman Blvd.

(313) 846-9910

Pr. Doris Harris Mars

St. Paul United Methodist


8701 W. Eight Mile Rd.

(313) 342-4656

Rev. Henry Williams

Salem Memorial Lutheran (ELCA)


21230 Moross

(313) 881-9201

Pr. Michael Johnson

St. Timothy United Methodist

8:30 AM & 11AM

15888 Archdale

(313) 837-4070

Dr. Lester Mangum

St. Andrew-Redeemer Lutheran (ELCA)


2261 Marquette St.

(313) 262-6143

Frank Jackson

Trinity Faith United Methodist


19750 W. McNichols

(313) 533-0101

Rev. Jan J. Brown

St. James Lutheran (ELCA)


14450 Ashton Road

(313) 838-3600

Pr. Michael Konow

John Wesley United Methodist (River Rouge)


555 Beechwood Street

(313) 928-0043

Rev. Rahim Shabazz

Spirit of Hope Lutheran (ELCA)


1519 Martin Luther King Blvd. (313) 964-3113

Pr. Matthew Bode Unity of Farmington Hills


32500 W. Thirteen Mile Rd.

(248) 737-9191

Rev. Barbara Clevenger

Detroit Unity Temple


17505 Second Blvd.

(313) 345-4848

Rev. John Considine

God Land Unity


22450 Schoolcraft

(313) 794-2800

Rev. Ron D. Coleman, Sr.



Divine Awareness Spiritual Temple of Truth

Sun. 4PM/Thur. 9PM

4088 Pasadena

(313) 491-1062

Rev. Jewell Stringer

Unity of Redford (Livonia)

5-6 PM

28660 Five Mile Rd.

(313) 272-7193

Rev. Josephine Furlow

Faith Universal Study Group


8033 Kercheval

(313) 393-5212

Rev. Gloria J. Fitchpritch

West Side Unity

9:30AM & 11AM

4727 Joy Rd.

(313) 895-1520

Rev. Charles G. Williams

St. Catherine Temple of Prophecy


12833 Linwood Ave.

(313) 868-5612

Rev. Vallerie Gray

The Order of the Fishermen Ministry


10025 Grand River Ave.

(313) 933-0770

Fisherman Earl “DOC” Savage

Vulcan Christian Ministries (Warren)


7447 Convention Blvd.

(810) 771-3257

Dr. Marjorie A. Lyda



8033 Kercheval

(313) 921-2950

Rev. Gloria J. Fitchpritch



Vocal arts competition taking place The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. will preset a Vocal Arts Competition on Saturday, March 24 at Central United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. The church is located at 23 E. Adams. The competition, entitled “Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists”, promotes classical violinists between the ages of 18 and 25. Winners of the local competition are eligible for the district and national competitions, where monetary scholarships are awarded. The competition was formerly known as the Leontyne Price Competition, and has been presented in the Detroit community since 1983. The first place contestant of the March 24 competition will move on to the District Level Competition, scheduled for July 25 in Reno, NV. Locally, the competition is sponsored by the Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, New Metropolitan and Pontiac Clubs of the NANBPWC, Inc. For information, call (313) 538-2575.

Seniors, scams and finding contractors By Paul Bridgewater With the start of Spring, many homeowners are thinking about sprucing things up around the house and tackling home repairs. Unfortunately, too few of us are prepared for the cost of needed fixes. This makes us vulnerable during the spring season when crooked contractors prey on innocent homeowners – especially older adults. Some, in fact, may be incompetent or unethical scam artists with no intent of providing a reliable service. To begin, know that you can protect yourself against common home repair scams with a little knowledge. Just keep in mind that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. One of the most common kinds of home repair fraud


DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS – OFFICE OF PROCUREMENT & LOGISTICS 3011 WEST GRAND BLVD, 11TH FLOOR FISHER BLDG DETROIT, MI 48202-2710 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS RFP-B-12-1098-3-0-2012/EM The Detroit Public Schools is seeking sealed bids/proposals for a Professional Move Management Team to design, develop, implement and deliver relocation management services for Detroit Public Schools (DPS). Bid specifications and updated information, including any changes to the bid due and opening dates, are available at Bids/Proposals Due: Pre-Bid Meeting:

March 20, 2012, 10:00 A.M. Pre-bid walkthroughs will start March 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT at Mumford High School, 17525 Wyoming Street Detroit, MI and progress to visiting locations in the following order: Mumford High School, 17525 Wyoming St. Parker Elementary, 12744 Elmira St. Barton Elementary, 8530 Joy Rd. O.W.,Holmes School, 4833 Ogden St. Logan Elementary, 3811 Cicotte St. Crockett High School, 8950 Saint Cyril St. McNair Middle School, 4180 Marlborough St.

Bid Opening:

March 20, 2012, 10:00 A.M. Walbridge Joint Venture 1425 E. Warren Entrance B Detroit, MI 48207

DPS Contact:

Jerome Gibbs

Detroit Public Schools, Office of Procurement & Logistics must receive bids/proposals no later than 10:00 a.m. March 20, 2012, or such later time and/or date indicated in any updated information on Bids/Proposals received after such date and time will not be considered or accepted. All bids/proposals shall be accompanied by a sworn and notarized statement disclosing any familial relationship that exists between the owner(s) or any employee of the bidder and any member of the school board, superintendent of the school district, DPS Manager, or Emergency Manager.

involves offers from transient work crews. Strangers knock on your door and say they have been working in your neighborhood and have some extra material left. They may offer to seal your driveway or fix your roof for a discount, but too often they take your money and disappear. Some scam artists offer free inspections of your furnace, chimney or drinking water. These scam artists pretend to find a serious health or safety problem requiring expensive repairs. Sometimes, these criminals are also looking for access to your home to steal belongings. Listen for these key phrases and beware: o I just happen to be working in your neighborhood. o I have materials left over from another job. o I need the cash up front. o I have a special offer that is good for today only. o I can help you finance the project. It is best to say “No Thanks!” to any unsolicited offers, and you should not open your doors to strangers. If you are approached by a suspicious “contractor,” make note of the vehicle, license plate, name, or any other information her or she might provide and call the Detroit Police Department. It is important, too, to tell your neighbors and family about such an incident. If you need home repairs, get recommendations for home improvement companies and handyman services from satisfied friends and neighbors – and shop around! As you identify contractors, plan to get several estimates and detailed contracts. Ask for proof that the contractors are licensed, and ask them for references. In addition, you may request to see a job the contractor is working on. Builders and contractors are licensed by the Licensing Division of the Bureau of Commercial Services, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth. You will want to select among contractors who have


request for proposals RFP-B-12-1099-3-0-2012/EM - DPS Security Upgrades - Zone 01 The Detroit Public Schools is seeking sealed bids/proposals to furnish and install upgraded cameras, access control devices, and intrusion detection equipment at existing District-owned facilities. This work is divided into multiple zones. This proposal is for Zone 01 only. Scope of work shall include all testing and local configuration required to establish a turn-key project as well as coordination and support of the District’s Security Integrator. Bid specifications and updated information, including any changes to the bid due and opening dates, are available at Bids/Proposals Due: April 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT Pre-Bid Meeting:

March 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT Walbridge Joint Venture Office 1425 E. Warren Street Detroit, MI 48207-3812

Bid Opening:

April 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT Walbridge Construction 1425 E. Warren Entrance B Detroit, MI 48207

DPS Contact:

Ellen Moroschan

Detroit Public Schools, Office of Procurement & Logistics must receive bids/proposals no later than 2:00 PM, April 6, 2012, or such later time and/or date indicated in any updated information on Bids/Proposals received after such date and time will not be considered or accepted. All bids/proposals shall be accompanied by a sworn and notarized staetment disclosing any familial relationship that exists between the owner(s) and any employees of the bidder and any member of the school board, superintendent of the school district, DPS Manager, or Emergency Manager.

Roy S. Roberts Emergency Manager

Roy S. Roberts Emergency Manager



request for proposals

RFP-B-12-1101-3-0-2012/EM - DPS Security Upgrades - Zone SCM

RFP-B-11-0818-3-0-2012/EM The Detroit Public Schools is seeking sealed bids/proposals for United Storage Equipment (SAN) for Unified Storage Solution (SAN) and Modular Library Tape Backup system for the 2009 Bond Construction, Renovation and Modernization Program. The SAN is intended to support ONSSI CCTV Video System storage platform for 140 schools district wide. Bid specifications and updated information, including any changes to the bid due and opening dates, are available at www.demandstar. com. Bids/Proposals Due: April 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT Pre-Bid Meeting:

March 22, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT Walbridge Joint Venture Office 1425 E. Warren Street Detroit, MI 48207-3812

Bid Opening:

April 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT Walbridge Construction 1425 E. Warren Entrance B Detroit, MI 48207

DPS Contact:

Ellen Moroschan

request for proposals

The Detroit Public Schools is seeking sealed bids/proposals to furnish and install upgraded cameras, access control devices, and intrusion detection equipment at existing District-owned facilities. This work is divided into multple zones. This proposal is for Zone SCM only. Scope of work shall include all testing and local configuration required to establish a turn-key project as well as coordination and support of the District’s Security Integrator. Bid specifications and updated information, including any changes to the bid due and opening dates, are available at Bids/Proposals Due: April 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT Pre-Bid Meeting:

March 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT Walbridge Joint Venture Office 1425 E. Warren Street Detroit, MI 48207-3812

Bid Opening:

April 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT Walbridge Construction 1425 E. Warren Entrance B Detroit, MI 48207

DPS Contact:

Ellen Moroschan

Detroit Public Schools, Office of Procurement & Logistics must receive bids/proposals no later than 2:00 PM, April 4, 2012, or such later time and/or date indicated in any updated information on Bids/Proposals received after such date and time will not be considered or accepted. All bids/proposals shall be accompanied by a sworn and notarized staetment disclosing any familial relationship that exists between the owner(s) and any employees of the bidder and any member of the school board, superintendent of the school district, DPS Manager, or Emergency Manager.

Detroit Public Schools, Office of Procurement & Logistics must receive bids/proposals no later than 2:00 PM, April 6, 2012, or such later time and/or date indicated in any updated information on Bids/Proposals received after such date and time will not be considered or accepted. All bids/proposals shall be accompanied by a sworn and notarized staetment disclosing any familial relationship that exists between the owner(s) or any employees of the bidder and any member of the school board, superintendent of the school district, Emergency Financial Manager, or chief executive officer.

Roy S. Roberts Emergency Manager

Roy S. Roberts Emergency Manager

March 21 - 27, 2012

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provided quotes on identical specifications. For this reason, you want a contract that includes a specific description of the work to be done, materials, labor cost, timetable, payment schedule, start and ending dates, names of subcontractors, warranty agreements, and cleanup and payment schedule. To check a home improvement contractor’s license and complaint history, call the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (877) 765-8388, and the Bureau of Commercial Services at (517) 373-8376. If the contractor is not licensed -- and is required to be -- contact local authorities. Failure to obtain a license may constitute a violation of criminal law. On the other hand, some work, including asphalt paving, does not require a contractor to be licensed. In these instances, you can file a written complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (517) 373-1140. Need help with the everyday issues of older adults? Call for a free copy of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) Senior Solution Resource Guide for Seniors and Caregivers at 313-446-4444, ext. 5816. The 80-page guide details the services of DAAA, along with information on dozens of local organizations focused on the needs of seniors. And listen to THE SENIOR SOLUTION radio show on a new station at a new time: 1:00 p.m., every Saturday, on WCHB 1200 AM and 99.9 FM.


request for proposals RFP-B-12-1100-3-0-2012/EM - DPS Security Upgrades - Zone 02 The Detroit Public Schools is seeking sealed bids/proposals to furnish and install upgraded cameras, access control devices, and intrusion detection equipment at existing District-owned facilities. This work is divided into multple zones. This proposal is for Zone 02 only. Scope of work shall include all testing and local configuration required to establish a turn-key project as well as coordination and support of the District’s Security Integrator. Bid specifications and updated information, including any changes to the bid due and opening dates, are available at Bids/Proposals Due: April 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT Pre-Bid Meeting:

March 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT Walbridge Joint Venture Office 1425 E. Warren Street Detroit, MI 48207-3812

Bid Opening:

April 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT Walbridge Construction 1425 E. Warren Entrance B Detroit, MI 48207

DPS Contact:

Ellen Moroschan

Detroit Public Schools, Office of Procurement & Logistics must receive bids/proposals no later than 2:00 PM, April 6, 2012, or such later time and/or date indicated in any updated information on www.demandstar. com. Bids/Proposals received after such date and time will not be considered or accepted. All bids/proposals shall be accompanied by a sworn and notarized staetment disclosing any familial relationship that exists between the owner(s) or any employee of the bidder and any member of the school board, superintendent of the school district, Emergency Financial Manager, or chief executive officer. Roy S. Roberts Emergency Manager

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Division SRN A9831


The Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division (AQD) is holding a public comment period until April 25, 2012, on the draft renewal of a Renewable Operating Permit (ROP) under consideration to be issued to Marathon Petroleum LP located at 1300 S. Fort Street in Detroit, Michigan. The facility’s Responsible Officials are: Section 1: C.T. Case, Deputy Assistant Secretary. Section 2: Bradley McKain, Deputy Assistant Secretary Major stationary sources of air pollutants are required to obtain and operate in compliance with an ROP pursuant to Title V of the federal Clean Air Act of 1990 and Section 5506(1) of Part 55, Air Pollution Control, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. The ROP is intended to simplify and clarify a facility’s applicable requirements and compliance with them by consolidating all state and federal air quality requirements into one document. The proposed ROP will result in no emissions change at the facility. Copies of the draft ROP and the Staff Report are available for inspection at the following locations or you may request a copy be mailed to you by calling or writing the District Office at the address and telephone number listed below: The AQD Permits Internet Home Page - http://www.deq. Detroit District Office, 3058 W. Grand Boulevard, Suite 2300, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (Phone: 313-456-4679) LANSING: Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, Constitution Hall, P. O. Box 30260, Lansing, Michigan 48909 (Phone: 517-373-7023) All persons are encouraged to present their views on the draft permit. Persons wishing to comment or request a public hearing should submit written statements by April 25, 2012 to the attention of Mr. Jorge Acevedo at the District Office referenced above. The decision maker for the permit is Ms. Teresa Seidel, AQD Field Operations Supervisor. If requested in writing by April 25, 2012, a public hearing will be held at Delray Neighborhood House, 420 Leigh Street, Detroit, 48209 on May 2nd from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The sole purpose of the public hearing will be to take formal testimony on record. AQD staff will conduct an informational meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to answer any questions regarding the draft ROP. AQD staff will also be available to answer any questions outside the hearing room during the hearing. Comments will also be accepted at the public hearing, if held. Persons needing accommodations for effective participation at the public hearing, if held, should contact Mr. Jorge Acevedo at the District Office referenced above a week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing, or other assistance.

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NOTICE OF HEARINGS REGARDING MATTERS TO COME before the City Council of Detroit. Advertisements for bids and contracts for purchases by the City of Detroit appear daily in the Detroit Legal News. Copies are available at the City County Bldg. and at 2001 W. Lafayette, Detroit. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) has issued a Request for Proposal for Sustainable Infrastructure Public Opinion Survey. Sealed proposals are accepted by:

SEMCOG - Attention: Scott Failla 535 Griswold, Suite 300 - Detroit, MI 48226 All proposals are due by Friday, April 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. RFP specifications are available at SEMCOG offices during normal business hours, on SEMCOG’s Web site at, or by calling Information Services at (313) 961-4266. SEMCOG adheres to all DBE guidelines.

THE MICHIGAN CHRONICLE announcement(s) The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) has issued a Request for Proposal for Nonmotorized Facility Inventory. Sealed proposals are accepted by:

SEMCOG - Attention: Scott Failla 535 Griswold, Suite 300 - Detroit, MI 48226 All proposals are due by Friday, April 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. RFP specifications are available at SEMCOG offices during normal business hours, on SEMCOG’s Web site at, or by calling Information Services at (313) 961-4266. SEMCOG adheres to all DBE guidelines.

Detroit Public Schools Office of Procurement and Logistics 3011 W. Grand Blvd. – 11th Floor Detroit, MI. 48202-2710 Request for Proposals Ben Carson School Renovations RFP -12-0953-C-0-2012/lw Scope of Work: Ordering Instructions: This package can be downloaded from Onvia DemandStar on our website at Bid Bond: Yes Pre/Bid Proposal Conference: MANDATORY Site Walk-Through

Suppliers are required to attend a MANDATORY site walk-through in order to submit a bid on this project. Suppliers shall gather in the main lobby of the school prior to the appointed time. All attendees must sign-in with the DPS representative that facilitates the walk-through and complete a Walk-through Attendee Limited Release of Liability and Waiver. Due Date/Time: Friday, March 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM Eastern Detroit Public Schools - Office of Procurement and Logistics 3011 W. Grand Blvd – 11th Floor, Detroit, MI 48202

Contact: Lolita Welch

request for proposal Compliance Verification Audit

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 2012-2013 Starr Detroit Academy, a K-5 charter school serving Detroit’s eastside, is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Starr Detroit Academy is located at the Bishop Gallagher building at 19360 Harper Avenue. Please reach the school at 313-6382730 or In the event that the academy is over enrolled, a lottery will be held on 4/15/2012. Contact the school for a student application or download one from the website,


Macomb County Community Mental Health Services requests proposals from CPA firms for the provisions of a Compliance Verification Audit. The MCCMH budget is approximately $200 Million Dollars. Prospective bidders must stipulate to and comply with Michigan Department of Community Health Compliance Examination Guidelines for Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs. To obtain a proposal packet, call Provider Network Management (586) 469-6472 or fax (586) 469-4136. Deadline for proposal submission is noon, Mon., April 2, 2012.


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Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 2:00PM – 3:00PM Location: Detroit Public Schools Ben Carson School for Science and Medicine 571 Mack Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

March 21 - 27, 2012

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Admissions Adviser at Oakland University Admissions Department Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. One year experience recruiting students for educational opportunities. Ability to travel extensively (in and out of state), valid Michigan Driver’s license and driving record acceptable to university. Ability to work extended hours. Excellent organization, analytical, oral & written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with others. Refer to online posting for additional requirements. Salary is up to the low $30’s annually. First consideration will be given to those who apply by March 29, 2012. Must apply on line for this position to:

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The Department of Attorney General is seeking candidates with three to five years of litigation experience, including trials. Successful candidates must have the ability to work independently and handle discovery, motions, hearings and all stages of litigation for civil cases and have excellent research and writing skills. The Department also seeks candidates with three to five years of administrative law experience, including interpreting State statutes and regulations and defending such law in federal and state courts. Current vacancies are located in downtown Lansing in the Public Employment, Elections and Tort Division, Revenue & Collections Division, Labor Division and State Operations Division with possible openings in other divisions within the department. Additional information regarding specific duties of each of these Divisions may be found on the Attorney General web site located at: Minimum Requirements: Staff Attorney (Starting Salary: $48,629 to $91,496): Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law and current membership in good standing with the Michigan State Bar. Senior Attorney (Starting Salary: $79,365 to $103,878): Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law, current membership in good standing with the Michigan State Bar, and a minimum of four (4) years of post bar admission legal experience as a practicing attorney. These positions are classified Civil Service positions with full benefits including health, vision, dental, life, long term disability, defined contribution retirement program, etc. Application Process: By March 23, 2012, submit: Cover letter of interest detailing your litigation experience, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to:

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The Bid Due Date receipt of bids for both packages is Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

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March 21-27, 2012

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Robert Kolt named volunteer president of AARP Michigan

Cloud-based interface allows doctors to monitor patient care remotely By Jackie Berg

The change in Medicare reimbursements have shifted the way hospitals think of themselves, forcing them to become full-service health care managers charged with helping to provide patient support —from setting follow-up visits with a

patient’s regular doctor to helping to coordinate patient transportation. The federal government is betting that the costs of hospital readmissions, estimated at a staggering $26 billion over the last 10 years, will go down as health care providers increase efforts to reduce recidivism. Innovative tools may help.

Experts are applaud-

ing the introduction of Intuitive Health and AT&T’s new cloud-based interface designed to electronically monitor patient outcomes. The remote patient monitoring system gives health care providers platforms to supply much-needed patient support, build better doctor-patient relations and to reduce hospital readmissions.

Good news for us all.


Chelyn Poljan joins Fifth Third Bank as Financial Center Manager Fifth Third Bank is pleased to announce the addition of Chelyn Poljan as the Financial Center Manager for the Ann Arbor Branch located at 3315 Washtenaw Avenue. She replaces Julia Sheill who is now the Financial Center Manager at Fifth Third Bank in Novi.

existing relationships.

In this new role, Chelyn will be responsible directing and administering the activities within the financial center, increasing the Chelyn Poljan level of service provided to development of deposits customers, and promot- and loans with new and ing growth through the

Chelyn Poljan comes to Fifth Third Bank from first National Bank in Howell where she worked as a branch sales manager. “Chelyn brings many years of customer service and leadership to this role,” said Lynne Leece, Fifth Third Bank Regional Manager. “I am pleased to have her on my team.” Ms. Poljan received her degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. She resides in Howell with her son.

Blanchard and former Secretary of State Richard Austin. Prior to founding Kolt Communications in 1991, he was communications director for the Michigan Department of Transportation and public affairs officer for the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Kolt’s appointment, effective immediately, is for a two-year term. He succeeds Eric Schneidewind, who served the maximum six years as AARP Michigan president. Kolt, 53, has served on the AARP Michigan Executive Council since 2010. He says he intends to bring energy and enthusiasm to the volunteer leadership of the 1.4 million-member state arm of AARP.

Most businesses benefit by repeat customers. But due to seismic changes in federal Medicare reimbursement models, hospitals do not stand among them. Recent health care reforms have made hospitals more accountable for coordinating patient care by penalizing institutions for unnecessary readmissions resulting from issues as varied as a patient’s failure to seek follow-up medical care with their personal physician to failure to fill prescriptions.

Robert Kolt, an Okemos-based public relations consultant and instructor at Michigan State University, has been appointed volunteer president of AARP Michigan.

Robert Kolt

Security and Medicare in 2012. AARP Michigan will engage citizens 50 and older in many cities across the state.

“I’m among the new generation of AARP members who see AARP as relevant and cool,” said Kolt, a former political strategist, who has expertise in advertising and media relations. “I will spend a lot of time early in my term listening to members to learn what they’re thinking, and how they want us to serve them.”

“Bob Kolt brings impressive credentials in business, government, communications and community service to the volunteer leadership position at AARP,” said Jacqueline Morrison, AARP Michigan State Director. “We’re confident he will also bring energy, commitment and vision.”

Kolt noted that AARP will lead a national conversation on protecting and strengthening Social

Kolt is CEO and president of Kolt Communications Inc. He has served as a political adviser to former Gov. James

He also worked as a news anchor and correspondent for WZZM-TV 13 ABC in Grand Rapids and WWTV-WWUP-TV 9/10 CBS in Northern Michigan. Kolt, who has a master’s degree in Communications from MSU, is an instructor of Public Relations Techniques and Writing and Media Ethics in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing College of Communications Arts and Sciences. He has been an instructor at MSU for 19 years. He has been involved in many community and philanthropic organizations, including Capital Region Community Foundation, Capital Area United Way, the Michigan Nurses Foundation and Lugnuts Charities.


OCC observes Diversity Month with showing of documentary on Murder of Vincent Chin

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin, a 27-year old Asian-American beaten to death by two white auto workers who went virtually unpunished for the crime. In commemoration of Vincent Chin and Diversity Month, the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills presents the film documentary “Vincent Who?”, an exploration of topics such as discrimination and hate


The viewing is scheduled for Monday, April 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Orchard Ridge Campus’ Smith Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public. For further information call Coordinator of Student Development Jahquan Hawkins at 248.522.3595.

Vincent Chin

crimes. A discussion will

The Orchard Ridge Campus is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road, just south of I-696. Free parking is available in nearby college lots.

DMC Fills Number 2 Position: Taps Joe Mullany as New President Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan announced today that he has hired Joe Mullany as DMC President, filling the hospital system’s number two position. Mullany will report directly to Duggan, DMC’s Chief Executive Officer, and will oversee DMC’s strategic positioning for healthcare reform and the building of its ambulatory network. His position will be effective April 2, 2012.

our competitors in Michigan.” Duggan added he hoped to recruit more executive talent from Massachusetts in the near future. Joe comes to DMC from Vanguard Health Systems’ New England region, where he served as President since joining Vanguard in 2005.

“For the last four Joe Mullany months, I’ve been recruiting Joe to come here from Boston,” Duggan said. “We know healthcare reform is going to change our business dramatically in 2014. Massachusetts has the most knowledgeable hospital executives in America on health reform. They’ve

been living with the law since it passed in their state in 2006.”

“Nobody’s been more successful at running hospitals under the healthcare reform law than Joe Mullany,” Duggan said. “Adding him to our leadership team will give us a three year head start on

“When DMC was named one of the country’s 32 Pioneer ACOs, I began to realize how fast the Vanguard/DMC team is building one of the great academic medical centers in America. It’s an exciting time to be at DMC,” Mullany said. “It was a hard decision to leave New England, but when Mike offered me this job, I had to take it. You just don’t get many chances like this in a career.”

UPSIDE Byna Elliott recognized by WIN for dedication to financial literacy education Byna Elliott, senior vice president of Fifth Third Bank’s Community Development group has been named one of the 2012’s “Most Influential African American Women in metropolitan Detroit by WIN (Women’s Informal Network). The formal recognition event will be on March 31, 2012. “WIN is acknowledging what we, at Fifth Third

Byna Elliott

Bank, have known for years; Byna Elliott is a compassionate, tireless advocate for community based financial literacy programs,” stated David Girodat, President and CEO Fifth Third Eastern Michigan. “And yes, anyone who has spent more than five minutes with Byna knows how influential she is,” he concluded.

Tim Skubick

Detroit area food companies being honored by major food industry associations

The 84TH annual Trade Dinner of the Detroit Association of Grocery Manufacturers’ Representatives,(DAGMR) and Michigan Food and Beverage Association (MFBA) will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Motor City Casino Hotel, Detroit. Members include food wholesalers, jobbers, retailers, related companies, processors, and brokers throughout Michigan. Retailers and wholesale distributors will get together for the 84th annual Food Trade Dinner and Awards night. The Keynote speaker and Guest of Honor for the event will be Tim Skubick, anchor and producer of the weekly show “Off the Record” and area TV and radio personality. The annual event will also feature the presenta-

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tion of industry awards. Being honored are: Retailer of the Year (one store) – Honey Bee Market, Detroit Retailer of the Year (multiple stores) – Palace Supermarkets, Detroit Independent Wholesaler of the Year – Universal Wholesale in Southfield Independent Food Service Wholesaler of the Year – Atlas Wholesale Food Co., Detroit Institutional Wholesaler of the Year – Sysco Detroit of Canton Salesman of the Year – Steve Honorowski of Pepsi Beverages Company Restaurateur of the Year – Da Edoardo Restaurants headquartered in Grosse Pointe Family Restau-



rant of the Year – Kerby’s Koney Island Media Business Service Award in Journalism – John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press A special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Robert Awrey, former CEO of Awrey Bakeries. Tom Bitterman of Win Schuler Foods and past president of DAGMR will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Registration will begin at 5:30. Cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. with dinner followed by Mr. Skubick’s presentation and the award ceremony For more information, contact Ed Deeb at the MFBA office at (586) 3938800.