2/22/15: George Shirley Firsts / Black and Arab Women’s Dialogue

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We conclude our month-long salute to African-American history in Detroit by talking with George Shirley, a man who has achieved many firsts in the field of music, education and the military. He was the first black high school music teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, the first black American to sign with the prestigious U.S. Army Chorus, and the first black American tenor to earn a contract with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

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Kim Trent takes a look back at African-American life in Detroit. This week’s edition includes Mary Wells, Kem, and former mayor Coleman A. Young.

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Black and Arabic women are coming together for a frank dialogue about stereotypes and cultural barriers at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. The event is hosted by the Inkster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and the Arab Community Center for Social Services, better known as “ACCESS.” We’re joined by two of the event’s organizers: Soraya Farver is President of the Inkster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and Rana Elmir is the Deputy Director of ACLU of Michigan and the facilitator for the dialogue.

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For more information about our guests:

George Shirley

On This Day Detroit

Inkster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

Arab Community Center for Social Services

Deputy Director of ACLU of Michigan


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