Tendaji Talk: “The Deep Sting of Slavery”
Oct23

Tendaji Talk: “The Deep Sting of Slavery”

By Harold C. Ford “It’s really not enough to say, ‘Those were horrible days and let them pass.’ Uncovering this buried history … could also help ease the kind of intergenerational trauma that silence can mask, trauma that can seep through entire communities.” –Margaret Burnham, Northeastern University professor, from “Healing Requires Truth” by Samantha Michaels, Nov-Dec 2021 issue of Mother Jones ‘Slavery has tentacles and they are...

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Education Beat: Flint School Board votes unanimously to talk with Mott Foundation CEO Ridgway White about abandoned Central-Whittier campus
Oct22

Education Beat: Flint School Board votes unanimously to talk with Mott Foundation CEO Ridgway White about abandoned Central-Whittier campus

By Harold C. Ford On Wednesday,  Oct .20, near the end of another long meeting (four hours and 22 minutes), the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) voted 6-0 to invite C. S. Mott Foundation CEO Ridgway White to visit and talk about the future of the long-abandoned Flint Central High School-Whittier Middle School campus.   Votes supporting the motion, made by board treasurer Laura MacIntyre,  came from: Carol McIntosh;  MacIntyre,...

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Commentary: Secure MI Vote petition won’t secure your vote — or democracy 
Oct22

Commentary: Secure MI Vote petition won’t secure your vote — or democracy 

By Paul Rozycki  A few years ago I was asked to give a presentation on the right to vote to a large number of prospective election workers at City Hall. As I looked out over the audience, I realized that almost none of those present could have voted when this nation began. The great majority of those in the council chambers that day, preparing to conduct our elections, were female and/or African-American. None could vote when this...

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Education Beat:  Flint Cultural Center Academy survived COVID, construction and start-up challenges to make it to third year
Oct20

Education Beat: Flint Cultural Center Academy survived COVID, construction and start-up challenges to make it to third year

By Harold C. Ford In its third year of operation, Flint’s newest school, the nonprofit charter Flint Cultural Center Academy (FCCA), has managed to survive and continue adding grades despite adjustments to COVID, construction at the nearby Sloan Museum and Flint Public Library, and challenges faced by some of its economically-disadvantaged students. “We’re not where we thought we’d be after two full years of school,”  said Eric...

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Neighborhoods on Flint’s east side site of this week’s mobile vaccination unit: free lunch, shots offered Thursday and Saturday
Oct19

Neighborhoods on Flint’s east side site of this week’s mobile vaccination unit: free lunch, shots offered Thursday and Saturday

By Tom Travis A new community collaboration is bringing Covid vaccines, water, meals and other resources to Flint neighborhoods again this week, with free lunch and COVID-19 vaccines available in the neighborhoods near Davison Road and North Franklin Ave area Thursday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 23 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  Genesee County’s rate of full vaccination stood at 46.8 per cent, as of Oct. 19 an increase of 0.1 per cent...

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Review: One weekend only of The Rep’s first show, an absurdist comedy, reminds audience of humans’ dark predicaments
Oct12

Review: One weekend only of The Rep’s first show, an absurdist comedy, reminds audience of humans’ dark predicaments

By Patsy Isenberg The Rep made a surprising choice for the first play of the 2021-22 season. It was  the absurdist comedy, “Happy Days,” a two-act play by Samuel Beckett, written in 1961. Theatre of the Absurd “Theater that seeks to represent the absurdity of human existence in a meaningless universe by bizarre or fantastic means,” is how Webster dictionary defines theater of the absurd. It was a surprising choice because some...

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