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Palmer Park holds Garden Party Benefit Sat. Sept 10

Media preview for the historic Palmer Park Log Cabin in Detroit, Michigan, which was designed by famed architects George D. Mason and Zacharia Rice for Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie Merrill Palmer in 1885. They donated it to the city of the Detroit in the last 1800s with land to create a public park. In the mid-1970s, the historic cabin (used as a museum) was closed and most furnishings were donated to the Detroit Historic Society and stored at Historic Fort Wayne. In 2012, the nonprofit People for Palmer Park (PFPP) initiated work to clean and restore the cabin. In June 2017, the original stained glass windows were restore by PFPP, and the city of Detroit rebuilt the foundation, porch, and other exterior portions of the cabin, as well as restored the cedar shake roof. — PHOTO: Barbara Barefield

Rep. Kevin McCarthy Ignores Award From Black Republican Group

(CBM) – A lack of action on behalf of U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has raised the ire of some Black Republicans. According to Johnnie Morgan, a charter member of the South Los Angeles-Inglewood Republican Assembly (SLAIRA) branch of the California Republican Assembly (CRA,) McCarthy was set to be honored by the group for outstanding leadership.

Atlanta Civic Center Redevelopment to Include Both Affordable House and a Commercial Center

Plans to move forward with the redevelopment of the Atlanta Civic Center as a mixed-use development have finally been finalized — a conclusion Mayor Kasim Reed called “one of the most important projects in the history of the city.” 

Number of Blacks and Hispanics at Top Colleges Lower Than 35 Years Ago

Despite decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago, according to data available from the National Center for Education Statistics.

The share of black freshmen at elite schools is virtually unchanged since 1980. Black students are just 6 percent of freshmen but 15 percent of college-age Americans.

Reverend Joseph Lowery, Congressman David Scott and Other Notables Endorse Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia

“I support Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia because her life’s work is informed by her dedication to helping others. Now, more than ever, we need a leader who is resilient, puts people first, and refuses to leave anyone behind. Stacey Abrams is a leader who will work for change, and help all of us find the power within ourselves to do the same. A Georgia that Stacey Abrams leads will be our Georgia — one where people are empowered to speak up and take action in the face of injustice.”

Body cams show cops more polite to white drivers

Police officers consistently use less respectful language with black community members than with white community members, the first systematic analysis of body camera footage shows.

Although subtle, widespread racial disparities in officers’ language use may erode police-community relations, researchers warn.

The Cost of Silence: How A Wealthy LA Democratic Donor Muted The Political Party of “Allies” & “Coalition Building”

OPINION (CBM) – The silence from L.A.’s Democratic community on the recent death of a 26-year-old Black gay male sex worker in the West Hollywood apartment of 63-year-old prominent Democratic political donor Ed Buck has been astounding.

Detroit Jazz Festival delivers jazz for the ages

Jazz spans the generations.

From its inception more than a century ago when Buddy Bolden started his first band in 1895, growing from a blue seed planted deep in black earth, the treasured art form some refer to as America’s classical music, jazz, encompasses an ever-expanding width and depth spanning the reaches of past, present and future.