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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.

Dance Class with Camille A. Brown Dancers

You Can Dance UMS Series

You Can Dance UMS Series

You Can Dance Series: Camille A. Brown

Saturday, February 13th



400 W. Washington Street, Ann Arbor 48103  

Join dancers from Camille A. Brown’s dance company for an exploration of the company’s movement style.  No dance training or experience necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome. Free, but first come, first served until studio reaches capacity. Sign-Up begins at 1:15pm at the Y Welcome Desk. – See more at:

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.

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.”

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.”



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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Veterans Of Color Symposium and Reception

Veterans of color reception at UM

Shapeshifters: Featured Book, Center for the Education of Women’s Book Talk

Featured CEW Book Talk Book by Wolverine Alumna Aimee

Featured CEW Book Talk

Author Aimee Cox

Author & Wolverine Alumna Aimee Meredith Cox

“Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship” - A Book Talk with Aimee Meredith Cox

Date: November 5, 2015 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Munger Graduate Residences, 8th Floor, Rm 8110, 540 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2414

“Join us for a book talk and signing with U-M graduate, Aimee Meredith Cox, Ph.D. In her book, Shapeshifters,
Dr. Cox explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves.
Based on eight years of fieldwork at the Fresh Start shelter, Cox shows how the shelter’s residents—who range in age from fifteen to twenty-two—employ strategic methods she characterizes as choreography to disrupt the social hierarchies and prescriptive narratives that work to marginalize them. Among these are dance and poetry, which residents learn in shelter workshops. These outlets for performance and self-expression, Cox shows, are key to the residents exercising their agency, while their creation of alternative family structures demands a rethinking of notions of care, protection, and love. Cox also uses these young women’s experiences to tell larger stories: of Detroit’s history, the Great Migration, deindustrialization, the politics of respectability, and the construction of Black girls and women as social problems. With Shapeshifters, Cox gives a voice to young Black women who find creative and non-normative solutions to the problems that come with being young, Black, and female in America.

Aimee Meredith Cox, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor of African and African AmericanStudies at Fordham University. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for the Education of Women. Her book Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke University Press, 2015) is available on Amazon. Dr. Cox is on the editorial board of The Feminist Wire and on the founding editorial board of Public: A Journal of Imagining America. She is also an executive board member of the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) and former co-editor of Transforming Anthropology, the peer-reviewed journal of the ABA. In addition, she trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II. Aimee was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and 2013-2014 Visiting Professor in New York University’s Anthropology Department.” -Center For The Education Of Women

This event is co-sponsored by U-M Women’s Studies, the Munger Graduate Residences, Women of Color in the Academy Project, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies (DAAS), the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Women’s Studies Department, and the Center for the Education of Women.

Additional funding is provided by CEW’s Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders fund.

This program is free, and open to the public. Register here to attend!

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