Ninth annual ‘Occupy The Corner’ took place on Detroit’s east side
Detroit City Council President Mary Sheffield held her ninth annual “Occupy The Corner” event as hundreds gathered Friday evening at Coleman Young Playfield on the city’s east side for a day of fun and special giveaways. Hundreds of families are going home with a free bike Friday (June 24) night, but the event’s purpose goes beyond that.
Jennifer Lopez and 'Halftime' kick off Tribeca Festival
The Jennifer Lopez documentary “Halftime” is kicking off the 21st Tribeca Festival on Wednesday, launching the annual New York event with an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of the singer-actor filmed during the tumultuous year she turned 50, co-headlined the Super Bowl and narrowly missed out on an Oscar nomination.
Biden closes out Black History Month with White House event
President Joe Biden welcomed Black leaders to the White House Monday for a jovial Black History Month celebration, where he used the moment to call on Congress to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, and pass voting rights bills.
Migrant camp shrinks on US border as more Haitians removed
Haitian migrants are waiting to learn their fate at a Texas border encampment whose size has dramatically diminished from the almost 15,000 who gathered there days ago in an effort to seek humanitarian protection in the U.S. but now face expulsion.
As frustration mounts, a White House push on voting rights
The Biden administration has unveiled new efforts to help protect access to the ballot as complaints grow louder from civil rights activists and other Democrats that the White House has not done enough to fight attempts by Republican-led state legislatures to tighten voting laws.
Biden lands key endorsement, Sanders touts momentum as Democrats campaign in South Carolina
Recent polls show Biden, once the leading candidate in the race to be the Democratic nominee in November, losing ground nationally with black voters to the surging Vermont senator. Sanders, a democratic socialist, has taken command of the Democratic race after his resounding win last week in Nevada. Three days after South Carolinas primary, voters in 14 states will go to the polls for the vital Super Tuesday contests. REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzBiden responded: Im here, heart and soul, with everything Ive got to earn the support of the people of South Carolina. She campaigned at the historically black South Carolina State University on Wednesday hoping that strong back-to-back debate performances would give her a boost after disappointing finishes in the first three states.feeds.reuters.com
Sharpton looks to comfort families after police shootings
"I try to frame a message that, as a minister, gives some comfort and meaning to the family," Sharpton said. Before Sharpton spoke at the funeral of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, California, last year, he called Clark's brother, Stevante, on stage. As the emotional young man bounded to the front of the church, Sharpton began the call-and-response protest chant: "I am!" "You don't tell people in pain how to handle their pain," Sharpton told the crowd, Stevante Clark's arm draped around him. "You don't tell people when you kill their loved one how to grieve."chicagotribune.com
Historic church where MLK and Malcolm X spoke receives $500K grant
A Detroit church visited by seminal figures in the black civil rights movement has received a grant to continue preservation efforts. The National Park Service (NPS) awarded King Solomon Baptist Church $500,000 through its African American Civil Rights Grants Program. King Solomon on 14th Street is most well known for receiving two visits from Martin Luther King Jr. and one from Malcolm X, who delivered his famous Message to the Grass Roots address there in 1963. Former U.S. Rep. John Conyers, civil rights activist Al Sharpton, Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy have all visited the church. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.detroit.curbed.com