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  • 53 Years After MLK's Assassination

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Correspondent|Apr 8, 2021

    Fifty-three years after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, the slain civil rights icon's legacy is easily seen in how his daughter has continued to fight for many of the same causes. Bernice A. King joined the children of late civil rights champions the Rev. C.T. Vivian, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, in blasting voter suppression laws that have cropped up since the 2020 election. In a letter, King, Al Vivian, and John-Miles Lewis took issue with corporate leaders who have done little or...

  • The Seven Last Words of George Floyd

    John Thomas III, The Christian Reporter|Apr 8, 2021

    The commemoration of Good Friday is a solemn and holy event for Christians. We cannot get to the resurrection of Jesus Christ without traversing through the crucifixion, death, and burial of God's only begotten son. One of the dividing lines among Christian traditions is the context of Jesus's Passion and death. When we separate Jesus from His worldly environment and circumstances-being persecuted as a Jewish teacher by a foreign empire and betrayed by compatriots who were threatened by His...

  • Why Are The Case Numbers Climbing?

    Apr 8, 2021

    Michigan hit a 2021 high of COVID-19 cases numbers with 8,202 new cases Wednesday, according to numbers released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The new cases reported Wednesday is the 11th largest daily total since the coronavirus pandemic began, although the death numbers attached to the new case numbers is less than a third of those from the past surge. In the month of November, deaths averaged 74 a day in Michigan. Wednesday, only 10 new death were reported and the...

  • Ecorse's Darcel Brown Says Challenges and Successes are Part of the Job

    Renee Summers, Telegram News Reporter|Apr 8, 2021

    This past November, Ecorse resident Darcel Brown was sworn in as the Mayor Pro Tempore for the Ecorse City Council. The swearing-in was done via Zoom due to the pandemic, but it did not diminish the honor and dignity Brown felt as he assumed his fourth term on the city council serving as Mayor Pro Tem. Brown initially ran for city council in 2007 because he wanted to see a change in the negative image the city had endured. "I thought to myself, I want to see some change, some positive...

  • We Still Need to Wear a Mask

    Gina Wilson Steward|Apr 8, 2021

    The number of cases of people having a positive test for COVID-19 has been increasing. Michigan is the top state with new cases over the last week. Our numbers have now reached the level of cases that we had in December. Then why are people still not wearing a mask or face covering when they are outside around people? I have even seen people come into the gas station without a face covering or mask. If they look friendly, I might say, 'hey man, did you forget your mask?' I just knew we were...

  • Councilmember Raquel Castañeda-López - "Rethink, Redirect, Reinvest in our Communities"

    Raquel Casteneda Lopez|Apr 8, 2021

    For too long, police have been seen as the solution for too many of Detroit's problems. The Police Department's (DPD) $327M budget consumes nearly 30% of the general fund monies and over the last four years their budget has increased dramatically without demonstrating a meaningful return. Contrary to popular opinion, increasing the Police Department budget has not translated into safer streets. While DPD's budget has ballooned by over $20M in recent years, there has not been a corresponding decr...

  • Beyond Basics Tackles the Literacy Crisis in Local Schools

    Renee Summers, Telegram News Reporter|Apr 8, 2021

    For many people, the ability to read and write is something one rarely gives much thought to. But if one struggles to read well, it becomes a source of embarrassment or shame. Children who ultimately graduate or leave school without a competent reading ability become adults who struggle through life. "I believe that illiteracy is connected to almost every social ill we have in America and we can see how capable people are trying to be part of society and for whatever reason they're not able to...

  • Westland's Mayor William Wild Presents $70 Million Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2021-22

    Apr 8, 2021

    Westland - On Monday, April 5, Mayor William R. Wild presented the Westland City Council with a $70 million balanced budget proposal for fiscal year 2021-22. The budget adds approximately $157,000 to the General Fund unassigned balance, preserving a "rainy day" fund balance at approximately $6.6 million. Highlights of proposed budget include an overall taxable value increase of 3.30%, a provision to continue the City's match for 13 Federally funded SAFER Grant Firefighters, an addition of a...

  • Partnership for Progress address Implicit Bias during Listening Tour

    Dominique Madden, Contributing Reporter|Apr 8, 2021

    The Partnership for Progress with the Western Wayne County NAACP and the Conference of Western Wayne has continued to hold their Listening Tours amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The fourth session was held virtually last month on March 18th. The relationships with the Police Chiefs, Directors of Public Safety, Mayors, community groups, the religious community and members of civil rights organizations have been tackling many issues that address systemic racism and improving police and community...

  • Dearborn Heights Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize Winning Ticket Bought in Inkster

    Apr 8, 2021

    A Dearborn Heights man and his wife "went crazy" after winning $1 million playing Powerball. Boris Cvetkovski, 78, matched the five white balls – 04-19-23-25-49 – in the Jan. 13 drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Food Max store, located at 27333 Cherry Hill Road in Inkster. "When my wife and I checked my ticket we went crazy," said Cvetkovski. "We can't wait to share the good fortune with our family." Cvetkovski visited Lottery headquarters to claim his pri...


    Apr 8, 2021

    WAYNE COUNTY - The Wayne County Health Department is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to all residents of and anyone who works in Ecorse, Inkster, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Melvindale, and River Rouge aged 16 and older at clinics in Taylor and Livonia beginning April 8. Appointments are available by calling 1-866-610-3885. The toll-free number is managed in partnership with The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW). The Wayne County/THAW call center will be open weekdays starting Wednesday,...

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