New alliance aims to lift up Black-owned businesses in Metro Detroit
DETROIT – Black-owned businesses often face unique challenges getting off the ground. “We’re here to change the game for Black entrepreneurs,” President and CEO of Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance Charity Dean said. It’s a partnership between a group of Black business owners and the Detroit NAACP. Dean said because of that money they can provide programming and support services for Black businesses around Metro Detroit. But above all, we will do everything in our power to ensure that Black businesses thrive,” Dean said.
Mayor Duggan appoints new civil rights director to promote equity and inclusion
click to enlarge City of DetroitKimberly Rustem, new director of Detroit's Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity department. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Tuesday announced the appointment of a new civil rights director.Kimberly Rustem is replacing Charity Dean as director of the city’s Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity (CRIO) department. She'll be responsible for ensuring Detroit residents receive priority consideration for jobs, and she will monitor community benefit ordinances and mediate civil rights complaints. Rustem also will oversee the newly created Office of Disability Affairs, led by Christopher Samp.Rustem comes to the job with a lot of experience promoting diversity and inclusion. In her role as chief policy advisor, she was focused on improving residents' quality of life, health, and safety.metrotimes.com
How city of Detroit is celebrating Juneteenth this week
From right in the middle of Woodward Avenue, Dean explained how the city is celebrating Juneteenth all week long. READ: Detroit is holding weeklong Juneteenth celebrationJuneteenth is a celebration of when the last enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, found out that they were actually free," Dean said. Once they heard the news, it started a Juneteenth jubilee.A stretch of Woodward Avenue is where that jubilee will be held this week, leading up to Juneteenth on June 19. Then were going to end the week with a celebration here in Spirit Plaza -- a Juneteenth rally, Dean said. We had some folks that reached out really wanting to paint a message of strength and resilience on Woodward Avenue, Dean said.
Racial incident at downtown Detroit bar leads to community discussion about race
click to enlarge Steve NeavlingA racial incident at a downtown Detroit bar has evolved into a public discussion, called Lets Talk About Race, set for Thursday.The Michigan Department of Civil Rights will facilitate the community conversation at 3:30 p.m. at Checker Bar, 124 Cadillac Place.The impetus for the discussion was a complaint by Wendell Fleming, a Black patron who said he was mistreated and called names by an unnamed white bartender. The bartender was fired the next day for making racial slurs. Detroit is not one of those cities, and will not be. That is why we are excited about this conversation. Its part of our role as a good neighbor.metrotimes.com
Detroits Checker Bar hosting discussion about race after incident between employee, patron
DETROIT A discussion about race will be held later this month at Downtown Detroits Checker Bar after an incident between an employee and a patron. Fleming said he was at the Checker Bar with friends in June when there was an issue with a bartender. Fleming decided the incident was the perfect chance to open up a bigger discussion about race. Lets Talk About Race, a discussion that will center around the history and roots of racial discrimination in Detroit, will be held at the bar. Lets Talk About Race will be Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. at the Checker Bar at 124 Cadillac Place.