Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The 23rd annual golf outing to benefit the Wayne County Sheriff Youth & Senior Education Fund will be held Tuesday, June 18 at the Warren Valley Golf Course in Dearborn Heights.
Tee offs are scheduled at 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with registration at 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The event also includes lunch and dinner, an auction, prizes and trophies. Cost is $250 per golfer, $1,000 for a foursome or $100 for dinner only.
Since its inception in 1991, the fund has delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars in services for local charitable causes, reaching the greatest level of giving under the leadership of Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon, who serves as president of the volunteer board of directors. The mission of the 501 (c) (3) fund is to enhance the quality of life for youth and senior citizens through educational and safety programs.
The annual golf outing is the only fundraiser for the Youth & Senior Fund. With no salaries or administrative overhead, virtually all monies are distributed to area programs.
Programs and services include summer camps for youth, free first-aid kits, drug awareness education, File of Life (medical and emergency information for seniors),
handgun safety education (Trigger Lock program), a Youth Safety Fair, senior emergency cell phones, safety brochures and window locks. The fund also donates to local community and charitable organizations that support youths and seniors.
Further information can be obtained at HYPERLINK "http://www.SheriffConnect.com" www.SheriffConnect.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:48
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Palmer Park has the only authentic, historic Log Cabin in the City of Detroit. Inside, we will showcase a photo exhibit by S. Kay Young of Native American events and people. In the other room, we will present African American quilts and two local quilters, dressed at Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, will demonstrate and talk about this amazing craft. We want to bring history alive, so Wayne State University theatre students will be dressed at Senator and Mrs. Palmer and will be performing in character, greeting people at the door to the cabin.
People for Palmer Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Detroit’s Palmer Park. PFPP is entrusted by the City of Detroit’s Adopt-a-Park program as its Community Partner. The organization formed in 2010 in response to reports that the city planned to close the park.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:23
Source Booksellers hosts The Metis of Senegal author Dr. Hilary Jones Author Talk & Book Launch Party
Category: Community - Original Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
On Saturday, June 22, 2013 Source Booksellers in
Detroit’s Midtown area, welcomes native Detroiter Dr. Hilary Jones with an Author Talk
to discuss her book The Métis of Senegal: Urban Life and Politics in French West Africa.
The book explores the history of politics and society among an influential group of
mixed-race people who settled in coastal Africa under French colonialism. Jones
describes how the métis carved out a niche as middleman traders for European
merchants. As the colonial presence spread, the métis entered into politics and began to
assert their position as local elites and power brokers against French rule. Jone’s nuanced
portrait of métis ascendency examines the influence of family connections, marriage
negotiations, and inheritance laws from both male and female perspectives. Hilary Jones
is Associate Professor of History at Florida International University in Miami. She is a
member of the History Department and the Program for African and African Diaspora
A festive Book Launch Party with music and refreshments will follow the book
The Métis of Senegal Author Talk and Book Launch Party with Dr. Hilary Jones is 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Source Booksellers, 4240 Cass Avenue, Suite 105. Source
Booksellers offers a unique niche of non-fiction books. For more information call (313)
832-1155 or visit www.sourcebooksdetroit.com or
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 17:22
Category: Community Written by News One
You would think going to church wouldn’t pose a security risk, but some Detroiters beg to differ.
On city’s West Side, between Seven and Eight Mile Roads near Telegraph, rests a tightnit community that has grown tired of vagrants who frequent a park near their homes. On any given day or night, prostitutes, drug dealers and other trouble makers can be seen hanging out in Fargo-Fenton Playground. Too often, they leave behind syringes, liquor bottles, and used condom, according to one resident interview by Fox 2 News Detroit.
Other residents told the television station that they believe the shady people hanging around the park are connected to a string of recent home break-ins in the neighborhood–especially during church hours.
Here is more of what some residents told Fox 2 about break-ins during church hours:
“Come home and find that their windows have been pried open,” said a resident. “You don’t know who’s going to attack yo
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:56
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Larry Williams, named the 2013 Michigan Big Brother of the Year! Williams, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a national and local Big Brothers Big Sisters partner, a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, was selected amidst nominated Bigs throughout Michigan.
The nomination process request that agencies recommend Bigs (mentors) who have helped their Little (mentee) reach a special achievement such as an improved GPA or self-esteem, and an individual who has not only served as a mentor, but someone who has gone above and beyond for the agency.
“Larry Williams is a shining example worthy for others to follow,” shared Dara Munson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. “He is a member of the community leading by example and we thank him for being a committed Big, advocate and supporter of our mission, and most importantly, his Little, Akario.”
Larry and Akario were matched four years ago after Akario’s mother enrolled her sons in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit program because she wanted her boys to experience new things and have positive male role models. Akario was very excited to have a Big Brother and Larry, who had recently retired, was as equally excited.
“Watching Akario realize his potential is why I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters. I never intended to be a parent or guidance counselor. I had no expectations,” expressed Williams. “My only goal was to be a good example, serve as a positive role model, and take a genuine interest in a young man’s life.”
Akario, not unlike many young men today, was not living up to his potential. Despite his obvious intelligence he was not performing as well as he could in school. He was quick to anger and when he became frustrated at school he would tune out.
During their outings, Larry and Akario would talk about what made him angry and how he could avoid the things that triggered his frustrations. Whenever they were together, Larry made a point to let Akario know that he believed in his abilities, and that with the right focus and effort his potential was limitless.
“I knew if Akario challenged his potential, he could accomplish great things; nevertheless I was astounded to see what he was able to achieve. Words cannot describe the overwhelming pride that I felt, when Akario handed me his last report card and I learned that he earned a 4.0 grade point average,” shared Williams. “Even more rewarding, was observing the level of satisfaction that Akario had over his accomplishment. He set a goal, dedicated the necessary amount of effort, and then accomplished what he set out to do.”
Akario shares that “My Big, Larry Williams is an awesome Big. He’s also a role model for me.”
Akario’s mom recently told Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, “Mr. Williams has been a perfect match for my son and I would not trade him for anything in this world.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring relationships throughout their course.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey Report reinforces the mentoring program’s evidence base of positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history. And for thirty-nine years of service locally in the metropolitan Detroit community, Big Brothers Big Sisters maintains a stellar reputation of recruiting exemplary citizens to share positive experiences with metropolitan Detroit youth. For more information call 313-309-0500, visit our www.bbbsdetroit.org or follow us Twitter: @BigBroBigSisDet and Facebook: BBBSMetroDetroit.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 17:12
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