An Evening With Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Host of “Cosmos”

March 23, 2016 

Hill Auditorium 

Ann Arbor


“I’ve put together an engaging multi-media presentation that brings the expanses of modern science directly to audience members. Fans love the Q & A sessions that rival the event itself….These are family-friendly events. I’ll frequently take questions from children since I’m fascinated with young ones who are interested in science.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson


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NAAPID at Night



NAAPID AT NIGHT 2016 jpeg flyerJoin us for a Special 20th Anniversary Celebration of NAAPID: National African American Parent Involvement Day….at Night.

February 8, 2016 – 6 P.M.

Ypsilanti Community Middle School Auditorium

235 Spencer Lane, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Ayinde Jean Baptiste Gifted orator, writer, and strategist, Ayinde Jean Baptiste gained national attention as a 12-year old speaker at the 1995 Million Man March. His speech was the motivating factor for Joseph Dulin to launch National African American Parent Involvement Day. At 14-years old, Ayinde was invited to and spoke at Pioneer H.S. for the 1998 NAAPID kickoff event. Now, 18 years later he returns as the keynote speaker for “NAAPID at Night” to reflect, remind, and renew the call to action. You won’t want to miss this 20th anniversary of NAPPID and hear Mr. Baptiste’s spellbinding message of truth and hope.

There will be a student talent showcase and a reception following to meet Mr. Baptiste. Light refreshments will be served.

UMS Night Class: “Constructing Identity Together” with Camille A. Brown Dancers

UMS Night Class: “Constructing Identity Together”

U-M Alumni Center

200 Fletcher

Ann Arbor

7:00-8:30 pm 

Black Girl-Linguistic Play

Black Girl-Linguistic Play

This season, the “UMS Night School” is hosting discussions on the themes of identity and performance. “These 90-minute sessions combine conversation, interactive exercises, and lectures with genre experts to draw you in…” ums

Conversation starter questions include: How do artists’ personal identities help shape their work. Does the identity of an audience member influence what they see on stage?

This class is free, with no pre-registration required. Just drop in and meet classmates with a similar interest.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Summer Advocacy Institute for High School Students

ACLU Summer Academy

ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute

ACLU Summer Institute Speakers

ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute Speakers






ACLU Summer Institute
Program Overview

From free speech to privacy and from mass incarceration to voting rights, students will become experts on the issues currently being confronted in the United States’ courts and political arena.

The ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of students entering their junior and senior years of high school from across the United States to participate in an advanced, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive 7-day program, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, journalists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. The Close Up Foundation — a DC-based civic-education nonprofit — will serve as a partner with the ACLU to provide substantive experiential learning opportunities that help students hone their skills as issue-focused campaigners.

In classroom sessions, lectures, and daily debates, students will explore the complex nature of defending and advancing civil liberties as well as contend with the importance of these freedoms in our current society. Students will be immersed in the real world of political and legal decision making in Washington, D.C., meeting with elected officials and journalists as well as participating in workshops with civil rights pioneers and current youth activists. Students will draw on these experiences to develop an advocacy campaign on a contemporary issue of their choosing and will present and receive professional feedback on their project from the real political change-makers in our nation’s capital.  Learn more here.

with lobbyists, lawyers, grassroots activists, and journalists on social justice
expertise and knowledge in advocacy and grassroots activism to successfully mobilize around social and political justice
fully in debate, developing successful media and social networking strategies, and observe policy development on Capitol Hill

Program Dates: June 19-25, 2016

Location: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Deadline to Apply: Rolling admissions. Students who apply before February 15th, 2016, will have their application fee waived.

Scholarships available.


Anthony Romero, Executive Director, ACLU

Anthony D. Romero is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s foremost guardian of liberty for nearly 100 years. Under his leadership, the ACLU has grown into a nationwide organization of more than a million members, activists, and supporters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. Whether it’s winning marriage equality, ending mass incarceration, protecting privacy, or preserving the right to an abortion, the ACLU safeguards the individual rights of everyone in their pursuit of happiness. 

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden  he has single-handedly reignited a global debate about the extent and nature of government surveillance and our most fundamental rights as individuals. 

Cristina Jiménez

Cristina Jiménez is co-founder and managing director of the United We Dream Network, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. The organization, which is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies, has been a critical force in addressing immigration inequities across the country. Originally from Ecuador, Cristina came to the U.S. with her family at the age of 13, attending high school and college as an undocumented student. She was recently named among Forbes’ “30 under 30 in Law and Policy,” one of “21 immigration reform power players” and one of 5 non-profit leaders who will influence public policy by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Jamilah Lemieux

Jamilah Lemieux is a senior editor at EBONY magazine, the publication of record for African-Americans since 1945. A prolific writer and media commentator on race and other social justice issues, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans as well as Fortune’s list of most influential women on Twitter in 2014.

Speakers will be added. Check back for updates.


Learn about effective tools for activists from journalists and social networking experts. Experience the passion of student activism, past and present, in a workshop with civil rights activists and the March on Washington Film Festival.


Discuss issues with congressional staff and lobbyists on the Hill.

Learn More Here


Please be advised that students will be accepted on a rolling basis, with applications reviewed in the order in which they are received. Students will receive a decision by email within two weeks of the date their application is received.

Apply Online

One recommendation from a high school teacher or school counselor, to be emailed to Your name must be in the subject line.
Application essay
Please describe your academic and personal interest in social justice and advocacy. What do you see as being the most important civil liberties or rights issue of the moment? Feel free to be creative and do not limit yourself to ACLU priorities. (500-word maximum).
Non-refundable application fee of $50.00.
Waivers: Any applicant who intends to apply for full financial aid should email to request a fee waiver code prior to submitting the application. In the email, please include your full name and your intention to apply for financial aid.
Apply Now


Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school.
Have a strong interest in social justice, civil liberties, and advocacy.

Tuition & Fees: Room & Board

A tuition fee of $2,100 per student covers residential living on Georgetown University’s campus, all experiential learning activities, off-campus social events, and all student meals, with the exception of those off-campus excursions where students are given supervised free time to explore and eat on their own. Transportation to and from Washington, D.C., will be arranged by Close Up, and information regarding travel arrangements will be included in acceptance material. Scholarships are available. Any applicant who intends to apply for full financial aid should email to request a fee waiver code prior to submitting the application. In the email, please include your full name and your intention to apply for financial aid.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I or my child apply to the ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute?
2. Are scholarships available?
3. Will students participate in social activities?
4. Who supervises students?
5. What will students have access to on Georgetown University’s campus?
6. How are rooms assigned?
7. How will my child get from the airport/train station to the Georgetown campus?
8. What are the procedures for students who get sick?

About the ACLU

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Whether it’s achieving a 50 percent reduction in mass incarceration by 2020; challenging police brutality nationwide; establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance; or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion; the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide non-partisan nonprofit that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., to safeguard everyone’s rights. The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute builds upon this tradition to directly engage youth in becoming civil liberties advocates in their own right.

About the Close Up Foundation

Close Up is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that educates and inspires young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Since 1971, Close Up has partnered with schools and organizations across the country to inform, inspire, and empower young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.

Contact Us


Phone: 212.284.7370


Ann Arbor Community Foundation NOW Accepting Applications For 2016 College Scholarships

Most AAACF Scholarship Funds use the common online application.     

Some funds have their own paper applications. For a  list of scholarships that use a paper application.

Please note that each scholarship has its own selection criteria and requirements.

To help students investigate what scholarships for which they might be eligible:  

If you have questions, please contact AAACF Community Investment Officer Maryellen Ferro.


The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation works to enrich the quality of life in our region.

  • We award more than $3 million in grants and scholarships each year.  Since 1963, AAACF has awarded nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships that have made a meaningful difference in the arts, education, the environment, health and human services, seniors, and youth programs.”

District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group

District Wide Black Parents Student Support GroupAll High School Juniors will have to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). Now there is a portal to help students prepare. Two wonderful presentations were given to parents at Clague Middle School to increase awareness in African American communities and throughout the city of Ann Arbor: 1) SAT presentation by two Media Specialists from Huron and Community High Schools and 2) KAPPA Leadership League for African American Males presented to their students in grades 9 & 10. For more information on how to connect with this program, please contact the President of the District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group of Ann Arbor (DWBPSSG) at 734- 972-0902.

Submitted by Whitsitt.

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz At The Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra 

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis

Jazz in the Key of Life

“The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis performs jazz in the Key of Life, a concert featuring the most skillfully crafted and sophisticated songs in popular music from the 1960′s to today, revisiting the hits of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, among others. “ 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis

January 20, 2016


Hill Auditorium

County “Giants” announced for 2016 “History Alive” Theatrical Production

ATAMI Opens Up Youth Registration and Announces their 2016 History Alive Giants: Mrs. Lola Jones & Mr. John Barfield, Sr.

 Each year All Things Artistic Ministries, Inc. presents the program History Alive: Standing on the Shoulders of GiantsThis theatrical experience ”trains area youth in spiritual character building, music, dance and acting to present the lives of local African American history makers who are “Giants” in the community.” This educational arts course culminates in “a stage play depicting the lives of our Giants.”  

“Our Arts education program includes classes in various creative media to teach our students to perform their artistic talents skillfully to the glory of God. Course include weekly instruction in instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama/acting, fine arts (e.g., drawing, painting, sculpting), photography and videography.” 

This program is open to youth from 5th through 12th grades, and begins on January 23, 2016. Online registration is now open. Go to the Events Page of

To see scenes from the 2015 Giants production go to:

We are excited to announce our 2016 Giants!

Mrs. Lola Jones is a long-time chronicler of African American History in Washtenaw County. In 1984, she founded Another Ann Arbor, a 501(c)3 non-profit, which conveys the culture, concerns, news and history of African Americans living in Washtenaw County. Jones has produced talk shows, documentaries and books which preserve Black, county history. She has partnered with other organizations to support the education of our youth in STEM, computer literacy and television production.


Mr. BarfieldSr. 

Mr. John W, Barfield is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist who went from working as a janitor to living the American Dream of a billionaire businessman. Barfield opened his first company, J & B Cleaning, in Ypsilanti, with his wife, Betty, in 1954. Mr. Barfield went on to found many companies including The Bartech Group Inc., a leading workforce management and staffing provider to Global 500 firms.  Today, Bartech employs more than 3,000 people, and manages approximately 26,000 contract workers worldwide. Barfield, now retired, is considered one of General Motors must successful minority suppliers.


Please Save-the-Date: Sunday, May 1, 2016 for the production,Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” in Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College.


District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group of Ann Arbor Meeting w/AAPS Superintendent

District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group Of Ann Arbor

District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group Of Ann Arbor


Dr. Jeanne Swift, Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools

Dr. Jeanne Swift, Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools

  At 7:00 pm, Jan. 12, 2016, at Arrowwood Community Center, Dr. Jeanne Swift, Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, will meet with the District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group (DWPSSG) to discuss issues affecting students and the African American community. Please attend!!!! Arrowwood Community Center 2566 Arrowwood Trail, Ann Arbor, 48105

Here is more information about the group from their website:

Purpose of DPSSG

The main purpose of the BPSSG is to ensure that Black children attending school in Ann Arbor have and are engaged in the highest quality of effective academic, social, and cultural experiences available to them in the Ann Arbor Public School System.  The BPSSG will advocate for the Black student population, and work with trustees, teachers, administrators, other school personnel, families, and the community to get those needs met and interests fulfilled. Finally, the BPSSG will seek out, recognize, and celebrate the many achievements of Black students in the Ann Arbor Public School district.”

Mission of BPSSG

“The Black Parents’ Student Support Group (BPSSG) of the Ann Arbor Public Schools will serve as a collaborative and supportive vehicle for African-American students and their parents. The organization will foster strong, meaningful alliances with schools to encourage academic excellence, leadership skills, cultural awareness, pride and respect, and problem solving. The main priority is the education of all students with special emphasis on the education of African-American students so that they will attain their full educational potential.”



Bright Nights-Support for Caregivers: Managing Behavioral Symptoms of Individuals with Dementia

Please join us for this Bright Nights community forum in Ann Arbor:

Tuesday, November 17, from 7:00-8:30 pm at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library

Support for Caregivers: Managing Behavioral Symptoms of Individuals with Dementia

Speaker: Helen C. Kales, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program for Positive Aging at the University of Michigan and Research Investigator at the VA Center for Clinical Management Research

Panelists: Mary Blazek, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School;

Cathleen Connell, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health;

Laura M. Struble, PhD, GNP-BC, Clinical Associate Professor and Program Lead, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, University of Michigan School of Nursing

These events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Depression Center website.

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