Wayne County volunteers feed hundreds of families during pandemic
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. Religious organizations partnered with Wayne County authorities Saturday to help ease the financial burden on families amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. June 6, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 58,749; Death toll now at 5,652Dozens of volunteers from the Wayne County Executive Office, the Mount Moriah Baptist Church and the Islamic Center of America handed out thousands of pounds to about 1,5000 people on Saturday. The six semi-trucks worth of food went to low-income individuals and families facing financial hardships due to the pandemic. Those who participated were eager to come together as a community after weeks of isolation -- even individuals picking up food, like Margie Evans. This is what life is all about.Organizers from the event are hoping to hold another food distribution in two weeks.
Dearborn Public Schools students hold Martin Luther King Day of Service
Students and volunteers gathered for the MLK Day of ServiceDEARBORN On Monday, January 20, Dearborn Public Schools students and other volunteers focused on community service as part of a tribute to the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream of unity and equality. Guest speakers included Dearborn Schools Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko, Wayne County Commissioner Sam Baydoun, State Rep. Abdullah Hamoud (D-Dearborn), Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education Trustee Mary Lane and DPS Coordinator for Affective Education Danene Charles. Martin Luther King Day is important in reminding us that our beloved country is still a work in progress, Baydoun said. With assistance from the city of Dearborn, students continued to plan marches for two more years. Last year, however, student organizers used Kings message of inclusion and fighting hate with love to focus more on community service.arabamericannews.com
2019 local year in review: Hopes, tragedies, setbacks and successes of Arab Americans
Top local stories in 2019 included the 35th anniversary celebration of The Arab American News. The podcast continues to be a success and has encouraged other Arab Americans to tell their stories through the format. Other communities around Metro Detroit also geared up for primaries, with many cities seeing influxes of Arab American businesses and residents. Thanks to AAPAC and Hammouds work, many young Arab Americans have now pushed through barriers and gained important civil, legal and political positions. In December, another Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson took a similar trip without consultation with Michigans Arab Americans.arabamericannews.com