2016 Detroit MLK Day

The MLK Detroit annual event brings many communities together uniting for Jobs, Peace, and Justice.

Detroit MLK Day

Rally and March for “Jobs, Peace & Justice”

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Monday, January 18, 2016
12 Noon

Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams and Woodward, Detroit

3:30 PM – Community meal, poetry, and music featuring local artists
– 2nd floor, following the Rally and March

From Michigan to Missouri, From Chicago to Mississippi, The Struggle Continues

 Download poster, leaflet (pdf):

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The Anti-Black Geography of Revitalizing Detroit

An excellent article bringing together many facets of why talking up the “revitalization of Detroit” is eroding the culture of the city. There is a capitalist oriented push to profit on the poor and weakened city story, primarily being executed through gentrification.

I have written a few annotations to the article using Genius Beta – http://genius.it/cico3.com/2015/07/26/the-anti-black-geography-of-revitalizing-detroit


The following essay leans heavily on—though cannot be blamed on—the works of Saidiya Hartman, Jared Sexton and Frank Wilderson despite me citing only one directly. Thanks to Kristian Davis Bailey and Lester Spence for critical feedback towards making this screed coherent.

It seems that every day brings a new story about Detroit’s “revitalization”. The Huffington Post, New York Times, Washington Post, NGOs and others point to new construction, new restaurants opening, the rehabbing or demolishing of old buildings, foundation and capitalist investment in the city and gentrification as starting a new chapter in Detroit’s history. Mayor Mike Duggan even has a “Housing and Revitalization Department” and Wayne State University hosts “Detroit Revitalization Fellows”. The narrative goes something like: “Until recently Detroit was an urban wasteland left destitute by deindustrialization, corrupt and incompetent governance, neglect and white flight but all that is changing. A new Detroit…

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Recommended: Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty, Paul C. Gorski

Following a suggestion from WordPress.com – I took a look through this blog and immediately found this book review post that has me very intrigued. Please read on and share.

the becoming radical

The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”

Aldous Huxley, The Olive Tree (1936)

While working on a piece for The Conversation US rejecting the increased focus on teaching struggling students (mostly poor, black, Latino/a, special needs students as well as English language learners) “grit,” I came across yet another report on poor students disproportionately being assigned to inexperienced and un-/under-certified teachers (including Teach for America candidates) and the inequitable as well as negative consequences of underfunded and poorly maintained school facilities.

Children in the U.S. are increasingly the victims of inequitable social, economic, and educational circumstances not of their making, and mostly ignored by those with power in the country.

Too few educators and academics, I think, are enraged about that inequity; too few are moved to action even if they are enraged.

And that is a large…

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