While Arthur Ashe gained fame for his brilliance on the tennis court, it was his commitment to advancing causes such as civil rights, education and ending apartheid in South Africa that cemented his status as an American icon. Acclaimed historian and USF St. Petersburg professor Ray Arsenault has written the first comprehensive biography of Ashe, charting his transformation from a shy African-American boy… Read More Acclaimed Historian Writes the First Comprehensive Biography of Tennis Legend and Civil Rights Icon Arthur Ashe
On Friday, June 8th, I attended the Negro Leagues Legacy Luncheon at Comerica Park. The special luncheon was sponsored by Comerica Bank and the invitees included former Negro Leagues players, former Detroit Tiger Torii Hunter, and select community leaders from Metro Detroit. It was a lovely luncheon and I was happy to have been included… Read More Honoring the Greats at the Negro Leagues Legacy Luncheon
I just got off of the phone with my dad. We were on the phone for an hour and a half discussing the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death (#MLK50). Now 80-years-old, my father has many memories from life during a very troubling time when a nation was racially divided. He shared with me… Read More #MLK50: Do You Remember April 4, 1968?
Do you have plans for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a special day to honor and recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy. Every year on the holiday, I like to plan a family activity or take my children to an event in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.… Read More Here’s How You Can Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Your Family
Have you ever attended an African Festival? A few weeks ago, my daughter Michala (14) had expressed an interest in learning more about our African American culture. Since we homeschool, I had suggested that we add African American studies to our Fall school curriculum. Fast forward to August 17th, I’m on Facebook searching for upcoming… Read More Detroit’s African World Festival Celebrates Culture and Heritage