[Marxism] March Events at Black Star Community Bookstore

Charles Brown cbrown at michiganlegal.org
Mon Mar 14 06:15:08 MST 2005

March Events at Black Star Community Bookstore
March just happens to be Women's History Month.  And this month, we
celebrate the life and work of two phenomenal women, Elder Erma Henderson,
president emeritus of the Detroit City Council, and Betty DeRamus,
award-winning journalist and author.  Both women, in their own unique way,
have impacted Detroit politics and helped empower a generation of Black
Detroiters (see event listing below for more information).  Please join us
at one or both of these events as we salute these women and the stories they
have to share.
Monday, March 14 * 7pm-8:30pm
Reading and Book Signing with Elder Erma Henderson
On Monday, March 14 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, Elder Erma Henderson, who served as
president of the Detroit City Council for 12 years,  will speak about her
life experiences, including some  as a political activist and advocate for
women's rights and racial justice at a time in Detroit's history when few
Blacks held public office.  A matriarch of our community and a champion for
the people, Elder Henderson, who has inspired many women including our own
Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, will also autograph copies of her book Down
Through the Years: The Memoirs of Detroit City Council President Emeritus
Erma Henderson.  

Thursday, March 17 * 7pm-9pm
Building Healthy Communities Through Grassroots Activism: A Conversation
with Charles Simmons
On Thursday, March 17 from 7pm-9pm, Charles Simmons, veteran activist and
founding member of the Committee for the Political Resurrection of Detroit,
will share his views on building healthy communities through the kind of
grassroots activism that successfully shut down the Henry Ford Hospital
Incinerator, which was located in his own neighborhood.

Focused on problem-solving, Simmons has spent much of his career organizing
around social/environmental justice issues.  Over the years, he has helped
build coalitions among various groups and supported many others.

A student activist during the socially conscious 60's and early 70's,
Simmons organized an underground newspaper, the Hilltop Grapevine and later
wrote for the Nation of Islam's weekly national publication, Muhammad

Simmons has lived and worked in New York, DC, and LA, but he calls Detroit
home.  Wherever he has lived, he has been a critical voice in challenging
injustice and inequality in underdeveloped and oppressed communities.  

More a conversation than a lecture, this event is part of a series of
intergenerational dialogues with bookstore owner Malik Yakini.  Both Simmons
and Yakini will share their views on the promise of grassroots activism to
transform and empower our communities and provide some practical next steps
in organizing our communities for justice.  

Join us and learn more about Simmons' work and get inspired to become (more)
involved in your community.
Friday, March 18 * Doors Open at 9pm * $5 Cover
Open Mic Poetry
Featured poet to be announced.
Saturday, March 19 * 5pm-7pm
Lecture and Book Signing with Betty DeRamus
On Saturday, March 19 from 5:00pm-7:00pm, Detroit News columnist and veteran
journalist Betty DeRamus will discuss her new book, Forbidden Fruit: Love
Stories from the Underground Railroad.  An inspired collection of true
stories from a dark era in America's history, Forbidden Fruit tells the
untold story of those enslaved Afrikans who, with courage and an eye toward
freedom, risked death to love and be loved.  In celebration of Women's
History Month, DeRamus will share the triumphant stories of  three Afrikan
women, Lucy Higgs Nichols, Lear Green and Charlotta Pyles in her
presentation "Forgotten Women of the Underground Railroad."

DeRamus, who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 1993,
has written a number of articles for Essence and the African American Family
in addition to her work with the Detroit News.  Forbidden Fruit was selected
as the Editor's Choice in the February 2005 issue of Essence.

Saturday, March 19 * 7pm-9pm
The Evolution of the Nation of Islam: Lecture and Book Signing with Author
Jesus Muhammad-Ali
Published in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks and told from
the author's unique perspective as the grandson of The Honorable Elijah
Muhammad, The Evolution of the Nation of Islam seeks to provide some insight
on the Nation of Islam's broad-based value shift and what he calls the
"bastardizing" of it's original message.    
Sunday, March 20 * Taping begins at 7pm
Open Forum Live! with hosts Titilayo Akanke, Abeyomi Azikiwe, and Malik
Featured guest: Detroit Mayoral Candidate Sharon McPhail
Call (313) 863-2665 to reserve your seat.  Space is limited to first 25
Friday, March 25 * Doors Open at 9pm * $5 Cover, Free for MCs
Hip Hop Open Mic
Saturday, March 26 * 2pm-3pm
Cleansing Through Mother Nature: Presentation and Demonstration by
Greenhouse Cafe
More details to follow.
Sunday, March 27 * 2pm-4pm * $5 Donation
Relax, Release, Relate: Yoga Class and Workshop with Certified Yoga
Instructor Tene' Dismuke
Looking for a way to RELAX, RELATE to your body, and RELEASE tension, stress
and dis-ease?  Check us out!
Come prepared to learn ancient secrets developed over thousands of years to
keep our bodies toned, energized and youthful.  This workshop will help
promote physical health, strength, flexibility, increase energy, focus the
mind, and help balance emotions.  By the end of the day you will have a
clearer understanding of yoga and how it can benefit you in becoming healthy
and happy.  
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or blanket.
Black Star Community Bookstore is located at 19410 Livernois at Outer Drive
* (313) 863-BOOK.  Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday,
"Serving Detroit's Black Community Since 2000

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