A Glimpse of Detroit's African American History
Friday, March 28, 2014 Buy Tickets
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Approved for 5.0 CE Clock Hours for both social workers (provider MICEC #0067) and certified counselors (NBCC)
$109.00 per person, includes bus transportation, lunch, museum admissions, all fees and program materials as well as a certificate of attendance upon completion of the program. 
Pick up at Southfield Public Library or meet at the Virgil Carr Center
 
Presenters: 
Linda Yellin, LMSW: private practice; Founder, Feet on the Street Tours
Oliver Ragsdale: President, The Arts League of Michigan, Inc. and the Carr Center, Paradise Valley
Bert Dearing, Jr.: Historian; Past Administrator, Hastings Street Society; Owner, Bert's Entertainment
Miller London: former VP, Motown Records
Ken Coleman: author, On This Day - African American Life in Detroit; consultant; former reporter, Michigan Chronicle
 
Description: 
Through this experiential learning opportunity, we will increase awareness of discrimination, civil rights issues and the significant contributions Detroit's African American community has made on society.  The presentations and discussions will increase sensitivity, heighten awareness, build skills for working with diverse populations, and increase comfort levels when discussing race. A narrative bus tour of Detroit sites will highlight the convergence of urban renewal and black history, and give a better understanding of present day Detroit. We'll visit the former Hastings Street area, including Black Bottom and Paradise Valley (demolished for the creation of the I-75 expressway); the Sugar Hill area (currently undergoing revitalization); and the Virgil H. Carr Center to learn more about promoting cultural arts traditions within Michigan's multicultural community. Our visit to the Motown Museum will provide insight into the Civil Rights era in Detroit and nationally.  We will discuss the discrimination of the musical artists as they broke through racial barriers and the lasting impact their contributions have had both nationally and abroad.  Participants will have discussions with prominent Detroiters, including Bert Dearing Jr., Miller London and Ken Coleman, about their personal experiences growing up in Detroit and ways to move forward as a region. A set of questions and reflective exercises will be given at the beginning of the program for participants to consider throughout the day.  
 
Agenda: 

9:00 AM :  Registration, participants meet at the Southfield Library

9:30 AM :  Depart from the Southfield Public Library for Virgil H. Carr Center     

10:00 AM:  Arrive & meet other participants at the Carr Center, tour and presentation by Oliver Ragsdale

11:00 AM:  Bus tour with Linda Yellin and Bert Dearing

11:30 PM:  Tour Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School

12:00 PM:  Bus Tour continues  

12:30 PM:  Lunch at Bert’s Jazz Club with presentation by Miller London and engaging dialogue “Understanding the Past to Heal and Move Forward” with Ken Coleman

2:00 PM :  Bus Tour continues 

2:30 PM :  Visit the Motown Museum – Hitsville USA 

3:30 PM :  Group processing/implications for practice and community organization

4:00 PM : Program ends, return to the Carr Center, sign out and receive certificates, bus departs for Southfield library

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