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Thursday, June 14
 

2:00pm

Tour to Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum
Olayami Dabls came to the corner of Grand River and West Grand Blvd with a vision to create a space for his community to understand the immense power of their African heritage. 
Occupying almost an entire city block, the MBAD African Bead Museum houses 18 outdoor installations as well as the African Bead Gallery, N'kisi House and African Language Wall. Born of his own visual cosmology, Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum is a quiet revolution that sparks a vital conversation with global and local audiences.
Sign up for the tour at the Info Desk in the Student Center

Thursday June 14, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby
 
Friday, June 15
 

11:00am

Cuir Kitchen Brigade
How do you organize Queer/Trans solidarity work that becomes more than just short-term relief after a crisis? Learn about the history of food preservation contextualized through resistance and survival, and how Cuir Kitchen Brigade organized a food solidarity project to support Borikén after hurricane Maria. Come learn how to pickle and ferment through our hands-on workshop and how to start a group like #cuirkitchenbrigade to support places on the front lines of climate and political injustice.

*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Tara Rodríguez Besosa

El Departamento de la Comida
The product of a colony that has been extracted, abused and made completely dependent on external resources. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, they are an architect building a world where agro-ecological concepts and queer practices are used to create resilience through food sovereignty... Read More →
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Luz Cruz/ Pao Lebron

Luz Cruz is a Queer Latinx farmer, organizer and food justice advocate fighting to protect front line communities who are affected by food injustice and climate change. They have organized with the queer community around gender, race and food. They currently live in Puerto Rico working to help further the agroecological movement by helping farmers affected by hurricane Maria rebuild./ Pao Lebrón is a Queer Latinx organizer who was born in Puerto Rico and has deep familial and cultural roots in New York City. They have organized with inter-generational Black and Brown Queer and Trans folks. Pao has dedicated themselves to working for social justice in every aspect of their life. They have fought for competent and accessible services and language, racial, immigrant, LGBTQ and food Justice--while understanding the intersections that exist within our many identities. Pao believes in cultural organizing that combines art and activism in a fluid way to uplift our unique culture and communities. They believe in the, Curi Kitchen Brigade
Luz Cruz is a Queer Latinx farmer, organizer and food justice advocate fighting to protect front line communities who are affected by food injustice and climate change. They have organized with the queer community around gender, race and food. They currently live in Puerto Rico working... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

Five Miles of Freedom: African American History Tour in Detroit
The Tour takes us to sites in Detroit`s Black History that outline the connection between the fight against slavery, the civil rights movement, Black self-determination and the 1967 Rebellion.

*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Jamon Jordan

Black Scroll Network History & Tours
BIO: Jamon Jordan is an educator, writer & historian. Also known as Baba Jamon, he has been a teacher of African & African American history for 20 years and a researcher of Black history for decades . He taught at the African centered Nsoroma Institute in Detroit for 10 years. He... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

From Growing Economy to Growing Our Soul – East Side Detroit Tour.
Opportunity to see, feel, and learn Detroit‘s journey from the 20th century to creating a post-industrial city based on visionary organizing and the ideas of James and Grace Lee Boggs.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Richard Feldman

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Richard Feldmn has been active since. His involvement in the 1960s. He has worked with James and Grace Boggs for more than. ‚Äò40 years. Rich worked on ford assembly line for more than 20 years, local. Union official. And worked on international staff of UAW. Rich I had a decades... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

Kit an` Kin - Cooking Class with the Family
In what ways can cooking with our elders reveal history and strengthen our cultural narrative? This cooking class led by Anya and her family will guide you in how to make Green Seasoning and Pepper Sauce, while inspiring you to share in your own family’s traditions. We are connecting across the diaspora creating an Afro-, Indo-, Chinese Caribbean meal in preparation for AMC at Night. We will explore basic knife skills, history of Caribbean cuisine/community, and take home jars of marinade!
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Anya Peters and Peters Family

FERMENT Food Track/Kit an' Kin
Anya has a passion for creating memorable experiences and breaking bread with others, in reverence to the Earth. As a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she now looks to her family for guidance and wisdom in the kitchen- through cooking, storytelling, and feasting... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

2:00pm

791.4 HYPE Radio - Teen Podcasting in the Library
How does a teen librarian and a library foundation director prove to young adults that their voices matter? Add a podcast studio to the teen center, of course. This hands-on session will have attendees creating their very own group podcasting segments that will be broadcasting live on 791.4 HYPE Radio! Topics will range from creating ownership opportunities for teens/ young adults, learning how librarians and library foundations work together for common goals to offering new programming in the library.

This session takes place at the Detroit Public Library's HYPE Teen Center:  5201 Woodward Ave

Presenters
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Amisha Harijan

Librarian III - Assistant Manager, Detroit Public Library
Amisha Harijan is the Assistant Manager of the HYPE Teen Center and Children's Library of the Detroit Public Library. After earning a BA in Africana Studies and a Master in Information and Library Science (with a focus in fine and performing arts) from Wayne State University, she... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

2:00pm

Detroit Sound Conservancy Music Tour
This is a deep dive, mission-driven, joyful journey into Detroit’s varied musical histories. This tour will explore everything from hip hop to country, musical historic districts, oral histories, and the challenges and opportunities of cultural preservation in Detroit. After this tour you will not just know more about Detroit’s music, people, geographies, and stories, but you will also be able to play a part in preserving and celebrating Detroit’s musical cultures.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Carleton Gholz

Dr. Carleton S. Gholz is an activist in Detroit music history preservation, as well as a writer, teacher, and DJ. Born in Port Huron, Michigan and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Dr. Gholz’s first post-college job was as a high school social studies teacher in Detroit from 1999-2004. After completing his PhD in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, he taught at Northeastern University in Boston before returning to Detroit to be the Executive Director of Detroit Sound Conservancy. As a writer, he has published academically in sound and popular music studies (see Dancecult and the book Listening Spaces) and has been a professional freelance journalist since 1999 (see, for instance, Metro Times, Time, and BLAC). He is currently working on his first book which chronicles the rise of DJ-culture in Detroit., Detroit Sound Conservancy
Dr. Carleton S. Gholz is an activist in Detroit music history preservation, as well as a writer, teacher, and DJ. Born in Port Huron, Michigan and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Dr. Gholz's first post-college job was as a high school social studies teacher in Detroit. After completing... Read More →
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Jonah Raduns-Silverstein

Jonah Raduns-Silverstein is the Project Coordinator for Detroit Sound Conservancy. A musician and music producer himself, working at DSC has taught him everything he knows about Detroit music. He channels that knowledge and energy into everything he makes. (He will be coordinating the tour but will not be presenting.), Detroit Sound Conservancy
Jonah is the Projects Manager for Detroit Sound Conservancy
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Adriel Thorton

Detroit-based creative contributor and culture creator Adriel Thornton has, through decades of consistant imaginative and bold ideation, earned global recognition as a leading authority in the creative arts and event production. His club event, FAMILY, now in its 20th year, was voted “Best Club Night in America,” and hosted talent from around the world. Additional signature productions include Dally In The Alley, Eastern Market After Dark, and Dine Drink Detroit., Fresh Media Group
Detroit-based creative contributor and culture creator Adriel Thornton has, through decades of consistant imaginative and bold ideation, earned global recognition as a leading authority in the creative arts and event production. His club event, FAMILY, now in its 20th year, was voted... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 2:00pm - 5:30pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby
 
Saturday, June 16
 

11:00am

Detroit Cooperates: C2BE’s Grassroots Enterprises tour
“Detroit Cooperates” Tour, hosted by Center for Community Based Enterprise, introduces you to innovating Detroit cooperatives, worker-owned businesses and neighborhood enterprises. Join us for a dynamic tour of historic Detroit neighborhoods, hearing stories from the resilient residents pioneering new entrepreneurship and anchoring new ecosystems in worker ownership. You’ll get the chance to support these community businesses and support broadcasting their inspirational new stories!
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Bryce Detroit

Center for Community Based Enterprise (C2BE)
Bryce Detroit is founder of Detroit Recordings Company and pioneer of Entertainment Justice. As an entertainment artist activist he uses media arts and cultural literacies to support neighborhood revitalization as well as local and national social, economic and climate justice movements... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

Detroit Narrative Agency 2.0 Project Screenings
Join us to view screenings of DNA-supported films by Black & Brown Detroiters, visit the adjacent exhibit, talk with filmmakers, mentors & community partners. The screenings will allow for community feedback for the work-in-progress projects and will have a post-screening conversation with the filmmakers. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the ways that DNA is working towards shifting narratives in the city and will contribute to the growth and completion of the current cohort of projects with their feedback.

*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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paige watkins

DNA/AMC
In their role as Associate Director of Detroit Narrative Agency (DNA), paige co-leads the process of supporting DNA cohort members to develop moving-image projects and impact strategies. They coordinate program logistics and collaborate to optimize opportunities for cohort projects... Read More →
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ill weaver

DNA/AMC
ill Weaver is a founding director of Detroit Narrative Agency. In addition to their work with DNA they are an artist and organizer who co-founded Emergence Media, Complex Movements, Detroit Future Youth, and coordinated Detroit Summer for over a decade. As a musician and lyricist... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

FEEST With Us!
These Black youth are creating safe spaces for real conversation over good food in neo-colonial Brooklyn. We will explore what it means to be Black youth from Bed-Stuy creating spaces for other youth to cook wholesome meals based on what is available in the hood. We will talk about the FEEST model, teach knife skills, and cook a meal grounded in community and our ancestral traditions of resourcefulness and creativity. Kit an Kin will join us, as our FEEST creation becomes a part of a family dinner.

*This session takes place at an offsite location and capacity is limited. To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters

Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

Networks of the Equitable Internet Initiative Tour
How can community owned infrastructure transform communities? Tour Detroit’s Islandview, Southwest and North End neighborhoods to see how they use community wireless networks to build relationships and ensure resiliency. Visit the anchor organizations and talk with Digital Stewards about how these networks have impacted their lives and communities. Participants will leave knowing that communities are more than capable of developing, owning and governing technology within their neighborhoods.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Janice Gates

EII Program Coordinator
Janice has a background in program management, marketing and public relations, and communications. In her role as the Program Coordinator for the Equitable Internet Initiative, she will be working with anchor organizations in three neighborhoods of Detroit seeding community technology... Read More →
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Diana Nucera

Detroit Community Technology Project
The director of the Detroit Community Technology Project and co-founder of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. Her work for the past 12 years has focused on developing popular education materials that empower communities to use media and technology to investigate, illuminate, and... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

11:00am

From Growing Our Economy to Growing Our Soul – East Side Detroit Tour.
Opportunity to see, feel and learn Detroit‘s journey from the 20th century to creating a post industrial city based on visionary organizing and the ideas of James and Grace Lee Boggs.

Presenters
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Richard Feldman

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership
Richard Feldmn has been active since. His involvement in the 1960s. He has worked with James and Grace Boggs for more than. ‚Äò40 years. Rich worked on ford assembly line for more than 20 years, local. Union official. And worked on international staff of UAW. Rich I had a decades... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

2:00pm

Mawadisidiwag: They Visit Each Other
Travel to Southwest Detroit to practice the art of visiting, Anishinaabe style, with The Aadizookaan. We will learn through experiencing Anishinaabe ceremony and connect a current land-based project. Participants will walk away with an emergent practice of how stories can move through both the media of indigenous ceremony/storytelling and the contemporary modalities of music, film, and design.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters

Saturday June 16, 2018 2:00pm - 5:30pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby

3:00pm

Trap in the Park
Trap in the Park is a unique open movement create to break the stigma associated with people of color gathering in public and having fun. We will do just that- listen to our music the way it was mean to be heard, eat our foods, and dance the way makes us feel good in clear view of the public free of shame, negativity or judgment. As a result, participants will make a few new friends, and walk away with renewed sense of identity and appreciation. This gathering will take place at Peck Park (Beaubien + Brush Streets). Shuttles will be running on a continuous loop. *Sign up for a shuttle to the park at the Info Desk in the Student Center.* 

Presenters
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Joy Mohammed

Joy Is The Culture
Hi! I am Joy! My hair, glasses, and lippies change with the Michigan weather. I am passionate about educating black and brown youth, finishing all the food on my plate, and traveling to regions of the world which produce good fruit. My flavor is Igbo original flavor from Nigeria... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby
 
Sunday, June 17
 

10:00am

Five Miles of Freedom: African American History Tour in Detroit
The Tour takes us to sites in Detroit`s Black History that outline the connection between the fight against slavery, the civil rights movement, Black self-determination and the 1967 Rebellion.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
JJ

Jamon Jordan

Black Scroll Network History & Tours
BIO: Jamon Jordan is an educator, writer & historian. Also known as Baba Jamon, he has been a teacher of African & African American history for 20 years and a researcher of Black history for decades . He taught at the African centered Nsoroma Institute in Detroit for 10 years. He... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony + Kirby

10:00am

Where is Vincent Chin?: Asian American Tour of Detroit
The presence of Detroit Asian Americans activism is often excluded from general narratives of the city and Asian American history.

We will build upon collective awareness and knowledge by facilitating a tour of Detroit through the lenses of Asian American justice organizing and geographic movements. We will collectively connect to past and future locations of struggle and community building in Detroit and beyond.
*To sign up for a tour, please visit the Info Desk in the Student Center*

Presenters
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Rebecca J. Kinney

Bowling Green State University
Rebecca J. Kinney is a teacher and scholar of ethnic studies and urban studies. She grew up in Metro Detroit and is currently work on community development history of Rust Belt Chinatowns.
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Soh Suzuki

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Soh Suzuki was introduced to Detroit's grassroots community organizing initiatives through the planning of the 20th year remembrance of Vincent Chin's murder and then working with Detroit Summer to create a community based mural in Chinatown. He resided at the Boggs Center to Nurture... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:00am - 1:45pm
SHUTTLE STOP: Anthony Wayne + Kirby