Another Ann Arborite to Executive Produce film based on the life of Black Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Short Film Screening

Short Film Screening

Another Ann Arborite Deborah Meadows is Vice-President of the Board of The Ann Arbor Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, and the Executive Producer of the historical film ALL OR NOTHIN’This soon-to-be-produced feature film is based on the life and times of Asher Aray. Aray was an abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, and member of the first Black family in our area. He, along with other conductors on the Underground Railroad, helped 28 people who were fleeing Kentucky, liberate themselves from slavery.  

Deborah Meadows and her team are holding a fundraiser to help off-set production costs for the film that begins shooting in August. The May 14th  fundraiser will include:

The screening of a short film that will be expanded and turned into the feature ALL OR NOTHIN’ 

 A performance by a Washtenaw Community College student

An auction of donated items from local sources

A video produced by University of Michigan film students

Remarks by Carol Mull, local author and historian

Remarks from Asher Aray’s Descendants 

For more information contact Deborah Meadows at or 1-734-819-8182

IN THE BLACK: Business Spotlight Aprons For Action



Sharon and friend baking in their Aprons for Action!

Sharon and friend baking in their Aprons for Action!

Aprons for Action! is an international non-profit that provides scholarships for academically talented, yet economically marginalized girls in Còte d’Ivoire, West Africa. The girls who attend school through the Grace Scholarship Program could not go to high school without financial help. The organization helps prepare its students for college as well.
Ann Arbor native, Susan Frazier Kouassi once lived in Còte d’Ivoire. While there, she banded together with 8 Ivoirian women to create the program in 2002. Today, in addition to her full-time work, Susan raises educational funds by sewing one-of-a-kind, reversible cotton aprons, as well as place mats and pot holders, from West African fabric. For more information on the Institute for Education of Women in Africa and the Diaspora (IEWAD) visit: or email Susan at: To purchase an apron go to:

In the Black: Business Spotlight

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Just in time for the holidays, Designer Maria Thompson’s colorful, hand- painted, silk scarves are back for the discriminating gift-giver to give. For more information contact:

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IN THE BLACK: Business Spotlight

2b1b56bd-52e7-4ff3-ae91-05c0dc509f50.jpgNeed a Tutor? Please contact Dr. Elizabeth Mimms for help with English skills, editing, writing, and pre-algebra.
To see Dr. Mimms experience, qualifications and profile go to:

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