Week of June 20, 2024

Celebrate Juneteenth, but also learn it's history and pass it on

Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher

Juneteenth is a Federal holiday, which means post offices, banks and municipalities are closed on that day.. There will be parades, community events, forums and many other events. I hope you take time to attend an event. But I urge you to learn why the day is important. Here is some information that you can use to build on your knowledge of Juneteenth. The origins of Juneteenth date back to June 1865. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 and...

The Highland Park NAACP Branch has been Re-Activated

Dominique Madden, Contributing Reporter

The wait is over. After several tries to reactivate the Highland Park NAACP Brancn, it has been done. On May 18th, 2024 it became official. Several die hard community members worked tirelessly over the past seven months to get enough members to fulfill the requirements to be reactivated. They held membership drives at local churches, the Recreation Center, at Ministerial Alliance meetings, at Block Club meetings, and several businesses throughout the city of Highland Park. Now it is time to...

House Members Observe Juneteenth Around Michigan

Michigan News

LANSING, Mich., June 18, 2024 - Across the state, members of the House Democratic Caucus are celebrating Juneteenth tomorrow. "June 19 is a day across the nation and our great state that is set aside to honor the resilience, courage and strength of our ancestors on Juneteenth. We remember those who lost their lives while fighting racism to ensure every person enjoys the fullness of their rights and freedoms," said Speaker of the House Joe Tate (D-Detroit.) On June 19, 1865, Union Gen. Gordon...

Mexico Celebrates Election of First Woman President

Wayne Campbell and Francine Mclean, The AFRO

"For the first time in 200 years of the republic, I will become the first female president of Mexico. I do not arrive alone. We all arrived, with our heroines who gave us our homeland, with our ancestors, our mothers, our daughters and our granddaughters." – Claudia Sheinbaum Women have played a fundamental role in Mexico's independence, reform and revolution. Unfortunately, they did not have a right to political participation. Finally, women in Mexico got this fundamental right to vote on...

What to Know About the Giant Joro Spider Spotted in Michigan

Renee Summers, Telegram News Reporter

Perhaps you've come across wild stories on the internet about giant, flying spiders arriving in the United States and crawling their way across the nation. Relax, the spiders are here but they are not in any hurry to see America. They are called Joro spiders and they seem to be moving up our East Coast, according to Scientific American Magazine writer Stephanie Pappas. The spiders are native to East Asia and likely came here by hitching a ride on a shipping container. They were first spotted it...

WAYNE COUNTY WARNS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT AND OFFERS TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE

Keith Owens, Wayne County

DETROIT, MI - This week is shaping up to be a hot one across Wayne County. Temperatures are expected to hit the high 90s today through Friday. "Extreme heat poses a substantial health risk, especially for our most vulnerable populations, including older adults, children, and pregnant women," said Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans. "We're committed to providing information and other resources – like cooling centers for people who live, work or may be visiting Wayne County to stay safe."...

MI voting group fights disinformation

Chrystal Blair, Michigan Information News Connection

As the 2024 presidential elections approach, the nonpartisan Michigan League of Women Voters is intensifying its efforts to combat disinformation through its Democracy Truth Project. The initiative aims to equip people with tools needed to evaluate media content. The League has teamed up with the Detroit Public Library to disseminate educational resources across various platforms, including social media. Paula Bowman, co-president of the Michigan League of Women Voters, said the group wants...

OP-ED: Will EPA's New Regulations Enhance Sustainable Development?

Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr, President CEO NNPA

By responding to concerns the African American community has expressed about proposed regulatory and administrative policies, the Biden-Harris Administration has proven to be a responsive champion of minority voices and interests. Take for example the administration's recent reversal of its proposal to ban menthol cigarettes, which are disproportionately used by Black and Hispanic adult smokers, following concerns about unjust racial profiling and targeting. Through the Affordable Connectivity...

Michigan dad imprisoned for 17 years, celebrates Father's Day with son

Chrystal Blair

Last weekend, Father's Day was tough for children with a dad in jail or prison. More than 200,000 kids in Michigan have had an incarcerated parent at some point in their lives. Statistics show an overwhelming percentage of those parents are fathers. Tore Price, 48, was released from a Michigan prison last February after serving 17 years for armed robbery, a crime he said was fueled by a struggle with drug addiction. At the time, his son was only 2. Behind bars, Price explained he connected with...

  • Books In The Hood Review: I Disappeared Them

    Xaiver Jones, Telegram Media Specialist

    Preston L. Allen has authored eight works of fiction, including Every Boy Should Have a Man, Jesus Boy, All or Nothing, and the award-winning collection Cuhrchboys and Other Sinners. Preston was born in Honduras, he has lived in Boston and Miami. Florida played a pivotal role in his career. Preston holds a BA in English from the University of Florida and an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. He lives and teaches writing in South Florida.a Preston's latest work, the...

  • Ecorse Public Library: A New Look and Free Family Summer 2024 Fun

    Dichondra Johnson, City of Ecorse

    Ecorse, MI – June 17, 2024 – The City of Ecorse proudly welcomes the community back to the Ecorse Public Library, a beacon of learning, technology, and community connection. After extensive renovations, the library boasts not only new collections and advanced technology but also superior amenities designed to enhance the community's library experience. A Fresh and Modernized Facility Located at 4184 West Jefferson Ave., the Ecorse Public Library now features a clean, modern layout with new...

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