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On the Renaming of Cass Technical High School

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Renaming of Cass Tech

But you must, at least consider, please. If you are a graduate of Cass Tech as I am, then you are a supposed enlightened thinker, certainly, not a vestige of the past. You are one who has the capacity to redefine our reality. We, CT grads are charged with the responsibility to innovate. Part of being a social sculptures is to embrace a social consciousness. To endure the hard swallow of loss and the tough triumph of transformation is the carving of history forward.

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Branded: The Buying, Frying, Making Baking of African American Domestic Stereotypes

September 2020 – University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI Professor Susan M. Kornfield, J.D. | “As part of our trademark studies, my students experienced “Branded: The Buying, Frying, Making, Baking of African American Domestic Stereotypes,” a riveting presentation via Zoom from Semaj Brown. She brought history, science, psychology, anthropology, and economics to bear on the issue of what we see when we see product logos. We will never look at them the same way again.”

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About Keisha (Black Holes and the Beacon)

The rodents that infest Keisha’s apartment are not Keisha’s fault. The bowl of empty for dinner is not Keisha’s fault. The shattered windows from socially engineered bullets are not her fault. Nine- year-old Keisha did not design institutional racism, a system that requires an inferior educational system to ensure substandard life for the majority — to guarantee illiteracy, forcing Keisha into vulnerability, into domestic violence, into incarceration and sex traffic victimization.

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My Mother, My Story Ultraviolet Beacon, Mrs. Bessie L James

“Now, which is the raspberry stem and which is the sucker? Look closely. Which one of these is the sucker?” My memory was tripped by her intensity. Here I was again, trying to decipher between two gangly stems that looked identical. I stared into the swaying green mother’s hand had just brushed. “Look, can’t you see the difference?”

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