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  • Western Wayne County NAACP Announce Honorees for 2023 Freedom Fund Dinner Event

    Dominic Madden, Contributing Columnist|Aug 17, 2023

    The Western Wayne County NAACP announces their 2023 Freedom Fund Dinner. The keynote speaker for the dinner will be Derrick Johnson who serves as President and CEO of the National NAACP. In a pivotal moment in history during the midst of the Pandemic in 2020, Derrick Johnson led the We are Done Dying Campaign, exposing the inequities embedded into the American healthcare system and the country at large. The theme for this year is: We are Here! Moving Forward to Repair and Resolve with Power...

  • Area organizations join the NKFM to celebrate REACH grant success

    Joyce Williams, National Kidney Foundation|Aug 17, 2023

    In late July, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) and 70 representatives from their community partners celebrated the final months of the REACH project, which was funded and launched in 2018 in the communities of Inkster, Wayne and Westland. Southwest Detroit added in 2021. REACH stands for "Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health" and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through the REACH project, the NKFM partnered with community organizations...

  • Lift Every Voice and Sing Do You Know The Words?

    Gina Wilson Steward|Aug 17, 2023

    For those of you that know me, you know I have a thing about The Black National Anthem' – Lift Every Voice and Sing. Lift Every Voice and Sing was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and then set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899. It was first performed in public in the Johnsons' hometown of Jacksonville, Florida as part of a celebration of Lincoln's Birthday on February 12, 1900 by a choir of 500 schoolchildren at the segregated Sta...

  • Westwood Community School District Rolls Out New Strategic Plan

    Renee Summers, Telegram Reporter|Aug 17, 2023

    The Westwood Community School District (WCSD) Board of Education approved a new Strategic Plan intended to guide the work of the district for the next three years. Stakeholder feedback was important to the board and superintendent in this process and included the voices of more than 140 students, staff, alumni, and community members. Community input along with analysis of district data allowed the district to identify six priority goals to focus on over the next three years. They are...

  • Michigan 2023 Primary Elections

    Clifton R Kirkman II|Aug 17, 2023

    Unofficial results are in from this week's Primary elections. On Tuesday, August 8th, voters across Metro Detroit had decisions to make for their city primary and special elections. Telegram News readers and residents, who live in the cities of Melvindale and Westland were two of the cities that took to the polls to select new mayors. At the same time, the cities of Dearborn Heights and Inkster had on their ballots, candidates to fill new seats for city council. The city of Melvindale reported...

  • Covid Makes a Comeback, But New Vaccines Are Around the Corner

    Sunita Sohrabji|Aug 17, 2023

    Covid-19 cases are rising once again, possibly fueled by the emergence of the EG.5 variant. Hospitalization rates jumped by 12.5% nationwide in July, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This uptick comes even as the public health emergency has ended, taking with it free testing and therapeutics. And Covid fatigue has set in. People no longer wear masks in public, and a study has determined that the majority of Americans will forego new boosters, which will be...

  • Tory Lanez Receives 10 Year Prison Sentence for Shooting Megan Thee Stallion

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National News Correspondent|Aug 17, 2023

    After a series of delays, legal maneuvers, and tumultuous proceedings that have stirred controversy within and beyond hip-hop, a California judge has sentenced rapper Tory Lanez to 10 years in prison for shooting Megan Thee Stallion. The sentencing comes after a Los Angeles jury, in December, found Lanez guilty of all three charges linked to the July 2020 shooting in Hollywood Hills. Lanez, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted of assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a loaded...

  • Eric Sabree Is Chosen as a Leader of Treasurers in Michigan

    Aug 17, 2023

    Detroit, MI–Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree has been elected to the position of 2nd Vice President of the Michigan Association of County Treasurers (MACT). Sabree, who has served as Wayne County's treasurer since April 2016, was elected to the position at the organization's annual conference held in Midland during Aug. 6-9. MACT promotes the education of its members, assists with the enactment of legislation, shares solutions to problems through networking, promotes and protects the i...

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