Flint NAACP to hold 37th annual dinner in March 10

Flint NAACP to hold 37th annual dinner in March 10

The NAACP’s Flint branch will hold its 37th annual Freedom Fund Dinner at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at the Genesys Conference and Banquet Center in Grand Blanc. The annual fundraiser held throughout the country by chapters of the civil rights organization, typically during spring, has become a highlight for members, often attracting locally, regionally, […]

City of Flint gets four-year grant worth nearly $3 million to support economic development

City of Flint gets four-year grant worth nearly $3 million to support economic development

The City of Flint has received a four-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant totaling $2,957,800 to be used to support ongoing economic development, Mayor Karen Weaver announced. The funds will also be used to address depleted staff levels with which the city has been struggling. “We have been meeting with (Kellogg Foundation CEO) LaJune Montgomery Tabron and […]

Parent support program promotes family empowerment

Parent support program promotes family empowerment

A low point in Shearese Stapleton’s personal life led to a mission of uplifting others. “I went through a divorce in 2011 and my life changed drastically after that,” she recalls. The transition to single parenting and related adjustments left Stapleton twisting in the wind, emotionally. But, not one to be content without solutions, she […]

Theater group’s Flint Rising production scheduled

Theater group’s Flint Rising production scheduled

Gary Anderson wasn’t content to make his latest theatrical production all about performance drama. There’s a clear message and urgency behind the timing and presentation of Flint Rising, a staged reading scheduled March 23 and March 24 at TechTown, 440 Burroughs St. in Detroit. Typically, a play produced by Plowshares Theatre Co. would take about […]

Former Black Panther recalls legacy of 1960’s activists in Flint

Former Black Panther recalls legacy of 1960’s activists in Flint

He still remembers the pepper spray. Almost 50 years ago Rev. Alvin Brown Sr. was a teenager seeking justice in his community through a bold political organization. He describes being “radicalized” when he was temporarily blinded by a policeman’s canister. Not long after his arrest Brown became a member of Flint’s chapter of the Black […]

CONNECT program gives literacy a lift for first graders in Flint

CONNECT program gives literacy a lift for first graders in Flint

Flint Community Schools is raising its literacy mission to a level beyond classroom lessons. Adding their talents and energy to the efforts of local teachers are central office employees who’ve launched a new program that combines reading with mentoring. Sixty first graders have begun meeting with Flint Community Schools central office team members for CONNECT […]

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