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32nd Annual African World Festival in Detroit

This Weekend, August 15 – 17, 2014!

On the campus of the Charles A. Wright Museum of African-American History!

 

 

 
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Top 5 Reasons to Vote Today

VoteDetroitToday is Primary Election Day in many places in the US, including Michigan. I don’t know whose bright idea it was to put an election day in the middle of summer, but it really shouldn’t matter. Traditionally, primary elections have some of the lowest counts of voter participation, and that is very, very sad. Voting is not only a right of every US citizen, but it is also a responsibility. People know weeks in advance the date of every election, and should make their plans accordingly.

In many areas, depending on the location and on the number of candidates running, often whoever wins the primary election is also the de facto winner of the November general election. 

Many people think “all politicians are the same” or “my one vote won’t matter,” but nothing could be further from the truth. Lots of people also turn out for the presidential elections (and often stand in line for hours), but somehow can’t find the time to vote in the primary elections. The people elected in the primaries have more of an impact on people’s daily lives than the president—any president. As the late former Speaker of the US House of Representatives famously stated: “All politics is local!”

I_Voted_ButtonHere are five more reasons to vote today and in EVERY election:

5. Your one vote DOES matter. Many times, elections are won or lost by just a few hundred or a few thousand votes. When you vote, you are adding your choice to all of the other voters in your voting district. YOUR vote just may be the one that decides the election.

4. Your vote is your voice. Many people who do not even bother to vote are the first to complain about politicians and policies. If you don’t vote now, you have no right to speak for or against someone or something later.

3. Voting is your right. All over the US these days, there are initiatives to suppress the voting rights of voters in certain areas, or the voting rights of those voters who may vote for a particular political party. You need to exercise your RIGHT to vote and send a message to those who are trying to take away that right from others. The rights of ALL voters must be protected, even of those voters with whom you may not agree. Let each politician run on his or her message, not “win” elections by stopping those who may vote against them. If YOU vote, they will hear you.

2. Be a role model. When I was a child, our voting precinct was one block away at the nearby elementary school. My parents always took my sisters and me to the polls with them when they walked to the school on election day. I grew up thinking that we are to ALWAYS vote, even when the choices aren’t the best, or the election doesn’t seem “that important.” By voting, and by taking others with you to the polls, you are being a role model of the democratic profess for others.

1. People DIED to give you the right to vote. When the US Constitution was first ratified, only “white male property owners” had the right to vote. Over the more than two hundred years since, the right to vote has been expanded to include EVERYONE who is a United States citizen, but not without political fights, violence, dirty tricks, lynchings, murders, and many other activities to deny certain people and groups their voting rights. After what all our ancestors and elders went through to secure YOUR voting rights, how could you not take a couple of hours of your time to vote?

Polls all over the country are open today from early morning to various times in the evening. Go vote. Today. Now. No Excuses…and take as many people with you as possible. 

 
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Misty Copeland: All-American Ballet Diva

MistyCopelandKnown by many as the first African American female soloist, this American ballet dancer performs with American Ballet Theatre. Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the San Pedro Dance Center when she was 13 years old. When she was 15, she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards, the same year, her mother and her teachers fought a custody battle over her. After both sides dropped legal proceedings, Copeland moved to study under a new teacher who was a former ABT member.

After two summer workshops with the ABT, she became part of the studio company in 2000. In 2001, she was a member of the corps de ballet, and in 2007 she became a soloist.

As a soloist, she has been described as having matured into a more contemporary and sophisticated dancer.

Enjoy this new commercial starring Misty:

 

 
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