Fair Housing Breakfast with Theodore M. Shaw

Dr. Ted Shaw Former Director NAACP Legal & Education Foundation

Dr. Ted Shaw
Former Director
NAACP Legal & Education Fund, Inc.

Greetings. We are excited to announce that we are bringing in renowned civil rights champion Theodore M. Shaw as the guest speaker for our 2016 Fair Housing Breakfast on 3/16/16 in Ann Arbor. More information is available at www.fhcmichigan.org. Thanks to a generous sponsor, we also have a few scholarship tickets available. Kristen J. Cuhran

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.

Sphinx Competition Finals Concert-featuring top Black & Latino string musicians-Feb 7th!

The Sphinx Competition Finals Concert is on Sun., Feb. 7th at 2pm. Hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the competition features some of the nation’s top Black and Latino string musicians competing for a top prize of $50,000.

“The Sphinx Organization is the Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. 
The organization’s founding and mission were informed by the life experiences of Aaron Dworkin, the organization’s founder. As a young Black violinist, he was acutely aware of the lack of diversity both on stage and in the audience in concert halls. He founded Sphinx while a graduate student at the University of Michigan, to address the stark under-representation of people of color in classical music. President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin currently serves as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, which is ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation.   Now led by Afa S. Dworkin, its President and Artistic Director, Sphinx programs reach over 100,000 students, as well as live and broadcast audiences of over two million annually. Sphinx works to create positive change in the arts field and in communities across the country through a variety of programs…” © 2016 Sphinx Organization

For more information go to: http://www.sphinxmusic.org/concert-and-ticket-info.html Hannah White, Sphinx Junior 2015 Winner

To see photos of the Finalists and read their bios: http://www.sphinxmusic.org/sphinx-competition.html Sphinx 2012 Junior Division Laureates


To learn more about The Sphinx Music Organization and opportunities for string students: http://www.sphinxmusic.org/the-sphinx-story.html  Sphinx Laureate in Concert


 The concert will also feature the Brasil Guitar DuoBrasil Guitar Duo profile

Listen Here: https://youtu.be/yRa34Wn1ZrY



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: dwbpssg.org

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.”



John E. Lawrence presents the “Magic of Christmas” Holiday Concert

image.jpg“Magic of Christmas” is a holiday concert presented by master guitarist, John E Lawrence, and featuring the Power Band, with special guests. Tickets are $25.00. The show runs from 7-9pm in the Towsley Auditorium, at the Morris Lawrence Building, of Washtenaw Community College. All proceeds benefit the children’s programming of *All Things Artistic Ministries, Inc.     
This Saturday’s concert will be a homecoming of sorts for Lawrence, who retired last year as the former Director of Music Performance, at Washtenaw Community College. Come out and catch up with John E. Lawrence and his Power Band!

*ATAMI produces “Standing On The Shoulders of Giants,” a yearly, children’s theatrical production, based on the lives of different, local, African American leaders. 

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Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers to debut at the University Musical Society

Chucho Valdes

Chucho Valdes-Photo Courtesy of Francis Vernhet

Courtesy: Francis Vernhet

Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers-Photos Courtesy of: Francis Vernhet

“For the last five decades, Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban music, performing on the hottest stages in Cuba and developing his own distinct sound. During his career, he has won five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. We are thrilled to welcome Chucho Valdés for his UMS debut.

Valdés along with his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, will be celebrating his historically innovative ensemble Irakere, which was founded 40 years ago and included Cuban greats such as Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera. This performance will celebrate Irakere while introducing audiences to a blazing new generation of Cuban talent.”

University Musical Society

Chucho Valdés website

November 8th

4:00 p.m.

Michigan Theater



The Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. Supports Local Early Childhood Literacy Program

Kimmie Horne performs with her band at the Ann Arbor Links fundraiser

Kimmie Horne performs with her band at the Ann Arbor Links fundraiser

The Ann Arbor Chapter of The Links, Incorporated raised over $20,000 through its fundraiser: An Elegant Summer Evening, held at the Polo Fields of Ann Arbor, on August 23rd.

The proceeds will mainly benefit the Washtenaw County Imagination Library. The library provides free books, monthly, to children up to five years old, living in the 48197 and 48198 zip codes. Over 1000 children are currently being served by this program.

The Ann Arbor Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been serving Washtenaw County for 36 years, providing programming in the area of Services To Youth, The Arts, National Trends, International Trends, and Health and Human Services. For more information go to www.annarborchapterlinks.com

Press Release regarding the Ann Arbor Links’ successful summer fundraiser.


Restorative Justice: Reform our criminal justice system to one where victims have a voice, and offenders learn from their mistakes

Restorative Justice Talk @ UM


“Setting Up a County-Based Restorative Justice System”

October 29, 2015

7:00-8:30 PM

Angell Hall, Auditorium B

505 S. State Street, University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public. 

Enter through the east side, Diag entrance.  

Featuring: Fred Van Liew, Director for the Center for Restorative Justice Practices in Des Moines, Iowa and author of the new book,

The Justice Diary: An Inquiry into Justice in America.

Questions? Call: 734-996-2796

Sponsored by: Healing Communities, The U of M School of Social Work, the

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Friends of Restorative Justice of

Washtenaw County, Juvenile Justice Clinic at the University of Michigan Law

School, Students Organized Against Prisons, The Episcopal Church of the

Incarnation, St. Mary’s Church in Chelsea, Church of the Good Shepherd

UCC, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Challenging Racism and Social Justice

Council of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor

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Ms. Paula Scott and family

Ms. Paula Scott and family. Photo Courtesy: Kristen Cuhran

Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan
PO Box 7825, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (877) 979-FAIR www.fhcmichigan.org

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
For more information contact: Pamela Kisch, 734-272-8383


Paula Scott accepted a non-disclosed settlement to resolve her lawsuit against Swan Creek Mobile Home Community in Ypsilanti Township.

In April 2014, the Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (FHC) took a complaint from Paula Scott. Ms. Scott alleged discrimination based on race. Ms. Scott was referred to the Fair Housing Center by Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM). Ms. Scott reported that on March 5, 2014, her 17-year-old African American daughter, Zakara Scott, was pushed to the ground and physically assaulted by Amanda Cadreau, a white adult resident at Swan Creek.

The police report filed immediately thereafter listed Zakara Scott as victim of Amanda Cadreau’s assault and battery. Although the police report listed Zakara Scott as the victim, Swan Creek staff requested statements regarding the incident only from the family of Amanda Cadreau, the perpetrator of the assault and battery. Two days after the assault and battery incident, Swan Creek served only the Scotts with an eviction notice.

On September 26, 2014, a jury convicted Amanda Cadreau of assault and battery against Zakara Scott. LSSCM and FHC Cooperating Attorney, Steve Tomkowiak, assisted in halting the eviction. Mr. Tomkowiak agreed to continue with the civil rights portion of the case and, on December 2014, filed suit on behalf of the Scott family against Swan Creek in U.S. Federal District Court. The case was assigned to the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman. The case settled on July 21, 2015 following a settlement conference before Magistrate-Judge Michael J. Hluchaniuk.

Court: Federal, Settlement: Non-disclosed
Attached: Pictures of (left to right) Paula, Zamya, and Zakara Scott. Photos by Kristen Cuhran.
For high resolution photographs or a copy of the original complaint (2:14-cv-14828-BAF-MJH) filed 12/19/2014, please email kcuhran@fhcmichigan.org.
Previous Coverage: New Race Lawsuit Filed: White Tenant Attacks Black Teenager Yet Black Family Faces Eviction, Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan, Ann Arbor, 12/29/2014

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan (formerly Fair Housing Center of Southeastern Michigan), founded in 1992, actively protects the civil rights of those who are discriminated against in the rental, sale, or financing of housing through investigation, education, advocacy, and legal action. The FHC takes an average of 150 complaints each year from its eight-county service area – Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw counties.

The work that provided the basis for this publication was supported by funding under a grant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of the statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Government.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Psi Omega Chapter’s, 13th Annual Celebration of Black Men

AKA Annual Celebration of Black MenDelta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presents the 13th Annual Celebration of Black Men

Honorees: William Henderson
John E. Lawrence
Dr. Silas P. Norman
Tyrone Weeks
Dr. Harry Williams

Saturday, October 24th, 10:00am $40

Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor

For More Info Contact: berry1992@comcast.net
or 734-665-8175

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