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

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To see Dr. Mimms experience, qualifications and profile go to:

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The Another Ann Arbor Black List

FCG_support_A3-300x166Many shoppers are looking to buy from Black owned and small businesses, artisans, crafters, antique, flea and farmers markets, particularly this holiday season.

As a public service, Another Ann Arbor is spotlighting Black owned businesses and service providers in and around Washtenaw County,during the Holidays.

If you would like your business or service listed this please submit your information as a news story or event. We reserve the right to refuse any listing. A listing does not equal a recommendation from Another Ann Arbor. Use your due diligence when deciding with whom to do business. We regret that we cannot support information of a political or religious nature, at this time.

Enjoy this wonderful time of year in Another Ann Arbor

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Public Memorial Service for Educator Joe Dulin

Former Roberto Clemente Student Development Center

Former Roberto Clemente Student Development Center

The Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Joseph Dulin will be held on Saturday, November 1st, at Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor. Family Hour begins at 11:00am. The Homegoing Service begins promptly at noon.

Mrs. Yvonne Dulin has this message for Joe Dulin’s many friends and admirers:

“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, educator and activist. Joesph Dulin made his transition, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, Michigan.”

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the:
Joseph and Yvonne Dulin Scholarship Fund
c/o Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
301 North Main Street, Ste. 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1296

If you would like to send the Dulin family your condolences, the online guestbook can be found at:

Founding Principal of Roberto Clemente Dies

imageJoseph Dulin, longtime Ann Arbor principal and NAAPID founder, dies at 79

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Longtime Ann Arbor educator Joseph Dulin passed away on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014.
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on October 25, 2014 at 5:50 PM, updated October 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM


Joseph Dulin, who was the founding principal of Ann Arbor’s Roberto Clemente Student Development Center and started a national movement to get African-American parents more involved in their children’s education, has died.

Dulin died Thursday at age 79, his wife Yvonne, confirmed. She said her husband suffered a heart attack and died surrounded by his family at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township.

A native of Evansville, Ind. Dulin was known for his passion for education and improving the lives of students in the Ann Arbor area.

During his long career in Ann Arbor, his reputation as a no-nonsense educator who cared deeply for his students grew so large that a movie was made about his life. The film, “Bridging the Gap,” portrayed Dulin as “part drill sergeant, part psychiatrist, part motivational speaker and part Wal-Mart greeter,” according to an Ann Arbor News story written after an advance screening.

Those who knew him said the portrayal was on the mark.

Among the many accomplishments on Dulin’s resume was creating National African American Parent Involvement Day in November 1995 as a way to encourage black parents to become involved with the education of their children.

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel said Dulin’s impact on the community was immense.

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of educational pioneer and community leader, Joe Dulin,” Menzel said. “Joe was deeply committed to providing meaningful opportunities for young people, particularly for students who faced huge obstacles. Joe was a true leader and visionary, creating, along with his wife Yvonne, the National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID), celebrated across the country.

“He has impacted the lives of thousands of people and leaves a lasting legacy. He will be greatly missed.”

Dulin also served as an advisor to former Vice President Al Gore during Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000.

Dulin retired in 2009 after spending 52 years involved in education with more than 30 years at the Roberto Clemente Student Development Center, which served students who struggled to be successful in traditional school environments.

Also in 2009, Dulin and his wife established the Joseph & Yvonne Dulin Scholarship Fund that awards a $500 scholarship to an African American student who lives and attends high school in Washtenaw County.

Last year he was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award from Eastern Michigan University.

Matt Durr covers Ypsilanti for The Ann Arbor News. Email him at or follow him on Twitter.

Soprano Vocal Recital featuring Kira Monae Turner


The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor presents Soprano Vocalist Kira Monae Turner in recital on Saturday, August 16th, at 7:00pm. 

The NPHC Back To School Basketball Classic

The Back To School Basketball Classic, sponsored by the National Panhellenic Council, is a fun, family event that raises money for school supplies and backpacks for local youth. Featured players are the men of Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Phi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities. The game takes place at the UM Sports Coliseum at 6:00pm on Friday, August 22nd. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, free for youth.


NPHC Council Cookout & Back to School Supplies Drive


Bring at least one backpack to the Washtenaw County National Panhellenic Council’s 2014 Cookout & Back to School Supplies Drive. Donations benefit the Parkridge, Ann Arbor, and Hikone Community Centers.

Sign up your child to be a Ball Kid at a UM Basketball Game

DFCU Financial Ball Kid Promotion

How exciting would it be to be the official Honorary Ball Boy or Ball Girl at a University of Michigan basketball game? All Michigan fans between the ages of 8-12 will have a chance to find out!

Ball Boys and Girls will have the best seat in the house before the game … on the floor, behind the basketball hoop! They will assist with basketball game day duties.

Ball Boys and Girls will be outfitted in DFCU financial T-shirts and will be recognized at the game. Each DFCU Financial Ball Boy and Girl will also receive 2 tickets to the game and a memory to last a lifetime.

Educator, Civic Leader, and Long-Time Ann Arborite Dies at 98




The Passing of Herb Ellis, Emeritus Rotarian
By the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor

Ora Herbert (Herb) Ellis, Sr.
March 23, 1916 – July 10, 2014

Herb Ellis passed away recently at the age of 98. He joined the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in 1963, In 1983 he received the Distinguished Service Award, the Club’s highest honor. Included with the award was a Paul Harris Fellowship. As his health diminished in his later years, he was one of the first members to be elected to Emeritus status.

Visitation will be at the Liberty Road Chapel of the Nie Funeral Home on Monday, July 21 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The funeral will held at 10:00am on Tuesday, July 22 at the same facility. An hour of visitation will precede the service.

For the full obituary and details on the arrangements, please click on the link below:!/Obituary

Note: In the 2009 photo, Herb is shown with family, friends and fellow Rotarians on the occasion of Herb’s Emeritus presentation

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