Detroit based projects to document Michigan’s role in the Civil Rights movement
Two Detroit-based projects are working to document Civil Rights history in Michigan thanks to the help of a federal grant program. “These grants will shine a light on places and experiences vital to the Civil Rights movement and help us further expand our understanding of the Civil Rights movement in Michigan,” Whitmer said. National Register documentation will aid the city of Detroit in saving the building and incorporating its reuse in neighborhood planning efforts. The National Register is the official federal list of areas and structures significant to American culture. Once listed, the bookstore will join nearly 2,000 other National Register-designated places in Michigan, including several other sites relating to Civil Rights history in Detroit.mlive.com
NAACP opens new chapter in northern Macomb County
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – The NAACP is expanding its footprint in Metro Detroit. There is now a new chapter in northern Macomb County. “We learned that Macomb County is a pretty sizeable county so therefore our work will probably be best served if we had two branches,” Pamela Alexander with Northern Macomb County NAACP said. So that includes Romeo, New Heaven, Shelby Township, Macomb Township, parts of Sterling Heights. “We certainly 100 percent support the need for people to certainly consider taking the vaccine,” Alexander said.
Lessons from the trip Martin Luther King Jr. took to Michigan State University in 1965
DETROIT – On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, many will remember that Detroit was the rehearsal for the civil rights icon’s I Have a Dream speech. Not much is known about the two visits Dr. King made to Michigan State University in the 1960s. Dr. King spoke passionately about achieving a world brotherhood perspective, abolishing the notion of superior and inferior races, and ridding the world of segregation. Don’t let the bullies with the rifles and shotguns intimidate you,” said Dr. Green. And both Dr. Green who is now 87 and Washington, 76, more than 50 years later believe that much of what King spoke about in that speech is still being fought for today.
What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you?
Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is also known as a Day of Service where people go out and do something positive in their communities. We asked our What’s the Buzz crew what this day means to them and what they do to celebrate it. Mike said King’s ability to forgive and move forward with his mission on a strict non-violent method was amazing. Next Tati asked them how they plan to observe the day.
Remembering the day Martin Luther King Jr. debuted precursor to ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in Detroit
DETROIT – Monday is the 35th official Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For many, MLK Day is just another day off -- a day to relax, a day to do things, do some community service. For one couple, the day means so much more to them because they were there the day King came to Detroit and debuted his original “I Have a Dream” speech on June 23, 1963. Somewhere in that crowd was a 22-year-old warrior for Civil Rights named Dorothy Dewberry-Aldridge. She and her husband, Dan Aldridge, have spent more than 60 years fighting for Civil Rights, equality and social justice.
Metro Detroit students serve others to honor legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday also marks the 26th anniversary of the Day of Service, honoring the Civil Rights leader’s legacy. Despite COVID restrictions, some students in Southfield honored that commitment by leading by example. At MacArthur K-8 University Academy, community service is the center of everything the students do. Students and teachers work together on community service projects all year round, but on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, those service projects are highlighted. Observed every year on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national Day of Service to encourage everyone to volunteer.
Lawsuit filed against Michigan prisons for violating Muslim religious liberties
Lawsuit filed against Michigan prisons for violating Muslim religious libertiesDETROIT — The Michigan branch of the Council on American and Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) has filed a lawsuit against the state’s prison system for violating religious liberties of Muslim inmates. An attorney for CAIR-MI, Amy Doukore, said it’s not only a violation of religious rights, but women’s rights as well. “It’s embarrassing, it is humiliating and it is degrading for Muslim women,” she said. Doukore said this is one of a series of lawsuits CAIR-MI has filed because it believes that the MDOC is not taking Muslim religious rights seriously. “We have a dedication to our Muslim brothers and sisters facing incarceration to protect their religious liberties,” she said.arabamericannews.com
Former Chattanooga Police Officer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault
Desmond Logan, 35, a former officer with the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD), was sentenced by the Honorable Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Logan will serve 20 years in prison with three years of supervised release for crimes involving sexual misconduct while on duty. Logan previously pleaded guilty to two civil rights offenses on Sept. 12, 2019. The Department of Justice will vigorously prosecute officers who commit sexual assault, said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. This case is a reminder that sexual assault allegations involving law enforcement officers should be fully investigated.justice.gov
John Lewis documentary to have special screenings in Detroit
DETROIT Many people may not be aware of the close ties, the late Congressman John Lewis had to Detroit, but theres a chance to learn more about that with a special screening of a documentary about the life of the Civil Rights Icon. READ: Remembering John Lewis: Michigan leaders pay tribute to civil rights iconThursday, many will gather at the Detroit Association of Black Organizations to honor John Lewis, through a documentary called Good Trouble. Reverend Horace Sheffield with the Detroit Association of Black Organizations said theyre showcasing the life of John Lewis in style. Thursday, they will debut the documentary Good Trouble at the centers parking lot, with actress Erika Alexander to present the film, Erika Alexander is a very good friend of mine. DABO Sheffield Center parking lot12048 Grand River (corner of Grand River and Wyoming)Detroit , MI 48204RELATED: Rights activists, political leaders mourn Rep. John Lewis
LIVE STREAM: Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered at US Capitol ceremony
WASHINGTON The body of Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, is arriving in Washington, D.C. Monday morning for a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Congressman John Lewis died at the age of 80 on July 17 after a six-month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. You can watch the Washington, D.C. ceremony live in the video player below at 11 a.m.Lewis hearse is stopping at eight locations across Washington, D.C. before arriving at the U.S. Capitol for a ceremony and lying in state. Lewis was the youngest and last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists who organized the 1963 March on Washington, and spoke shortly before the groups leader, Rev. READ: Remembering John Lewis, rights icon and American heroLewis started serving in Congress in 1986 and earned bipartisan respect in Washington, where some called him the conscience of Congress. His humble manner contrasted with the puffed chests on Capitol Hill.
Detroit Youth Choir aims to inspire change with song
DETROIT Members of the Detroit Youth Choir are using their voices to let the community know they support the Black Lives Matter movement. The Detroit Youth Choir put their own twist on it and involved 40 of its members. Really, it was an opportunity to give them a platform to express themselves and to give their voice in a really positive way, and one of unity, but one that will hopefully fuel momentum behind this really, really important matter, Wilson said. I think DYC has the opportunity to be a voice of hope, said Daniel Valentine of the Detroit Youth Choir. Proceeds will support the Detroit Youth Choir with DYC committing to donate a portion of any proceeds towards Black Lives Matter initiatives.
Remembering John Lewis: Michigan leaders pay tribute to iconic civil rights leader
DETROIT Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights icon, has died at the age of 80 on Friday after a six-month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. The youngest and last surviving member of the Big Six civil rights activists, Lewis dedicated his life to fighting for equality. Leaders react to passing of civil rights iconMichigan Governor Gretchen WhitmerCongressman John Lewis was a civil rights legend who stood firmly on the front lines of our nations history. He touched the hearts of America as a Civil Rights icon in this country for decades. I will forever remember his stories of the Civil Rights movement, constant words of encouragement and the reminder to get into good trouble.
Meet the Michigan couple who has been working to pave the way for civil rights, social justice for decades
Local 4′s Paula Tutman shared a story of a couple who was there that day and has continued to risk their lives to pave the way for civil rights and social justice. When King debuted his original “I Have A Dream” speech in Detroit in 1963, somewhere in the crowd was a 22-year-old warrior for civil rights named Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge. “It was a very exciting day to be a part of the march,” Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge said. Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge and her husband Dan Aldridge have spent more than six decades fighting for civil rights, equality and social justice. Now, the fight for civil rights seems different.
George Floyd video inspires Bloomfield Hills teen to continue working for change
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – Phoenix Williams, who recorded students taunting him and calling him the N-word while on the school bus when he was an eighth-grader in Bloomfield Hills, has already inspired change in his life. Phoenix said that bus ride and the impact of the incident has stuck with him, and watching the video of George Floyd’s death has motivated him to again work for change. MORE: Metro Detroit religious leaders fight for change in our communityPhoenix captured the school bus incident on video when he was 13 years old. He’s now a freshman at Howard University, but that moment in eighth grade still shaped much of his young life. You can hear from Phoenix in Hank Winchester’s full video above.
George Floyd video inspires Bloomfield Hills teen to continue working for change
George Floyd video inspires Bloomfield Hills teen to continue working for changePublished: June 23, 2020, 5:37 pmPhoenix Williams, who recorded students taunting him and calling him the N-word while on the school bus when he was an eighth-grader in Bloomfield Hills, has already inspired change in his life.
57 years ago: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers precursor to I Have A Dream speech in Detroit
DETROIT Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. held the Walk to Freedom 57 years ago in Detroit and gave what would become the precursor to his I Have A Dream speech. MORE: Metro Detroit religious leaders fight for change in our communityOn June 23, 1963, a crowd of more than 100,000 people walked with Dr. King down Woodward Avenue. The Walk to Freedom ended at Cobo Arena, where Dr. King delivered a powerful speech -- a precursor to his famous I Have A Dream speech two months later in Washington. Part of Dr. Kings message was a dream of unity. Muirhead said she believes if he was here right now, Dr. King would be hopeful.
Supreme Court rules LGBT workers are protected under Civil Rights Act
DETROIT The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that LGBT workers are protected from job discrimination and being fired for sexual orientation under the Civil Rights Act. The victory is bittersweet for the ACLU, as Aimee Stephens, the transgender woman at the center of the ruling, died last month. She sued, saying the Civil Rights Act prevents employment discrimination based on sex. Seven years later, the Supreme Court agreed, in a 6-3 decision. John Borsch, the attorney who represented the funeral home before the Supreme Court last year, disagrees.
North Carolina Nail Salon Owner Charged with Forced Labor of an Employee
Human trafficking is our generations form of physical and psychological captivity. Forced labor deprives victims their basic human rights and strips away their dignity. Labor trafficking schemes are deplorable and do not have place in modern society. My office remains committed to combatting all forms of human trafficking and holding perpetrators accountable for their criminal actions, said U.S. Attorney Murray. If convicted of forced labor, the defendant faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, as well a mandatory restitution.justice.gov
Remarks by Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband Announcing the United States v. Patrick Wood Crusius Indictment
Hello, my name is Eric Dreiband and I am the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice. As Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, it is both my duty and my privilege to enforce the federal civil rights laws and, with our dedicated law enforcement colleagues, to protect the civil rights of all persons in our country. It is the duty of government to secure these rights, and one way we do so is by enforcing federal hate crimes laws. Today, we and the grand jury allege that the Defendant committed federal hate crimes, and that he committed these violent crimes to frighten and intimidate the Hispanic community. I now turn the podium over to Luis Quesada, the FBIs Special Agent in Charge of the El Paso FBI office.justice.gov
Orange County Man Charged with Federal Hate Crimes for December 28, 2019, Machete Attack at Rabbis Home
Thomas is expected to be presented in White Plains federal court later today. Every American should be free to live and worship in safety, said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division. The federal penalties for this type of attack are severe and justified. Thomas declared to dozens of assembled congregants, no one is leaving, and attacked the group with an 18-inch machete. Following the attack, Thomas traveled in a car to New York City, and he was stopped in Harlem by members of the New York City Police Department.justice.gov
American Girl unveils new Civil Rights-era doll
If you grew up in the ‘90s or have a school-age daughter, then you're probably familiar with the brand American Girl, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since 1986, the business has sold more than 29 million dolls and more than 153 million books. This summer, it will release a new historical doll, Melody, the company’s third African-American doll. Only on “CBS This Morning,” Jericka Duncan goes inside the design studio for the first exclusive look.cbsnews.com
Bob Schieffer hosts "CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights" live symposium
Bob Schieffer hosts "CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights" live symposium This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon Johnson outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Bob Schieffer, who will host "CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights" tonight, joins the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to preview the special symposium.cbsnews.com