Walsh Introduces Master of Science in Data Analytics

TROY, Mich., June 29, 2020 — Walsh has introduced a Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA), available beginning Jan. 4, 2021. The MSDA can be completed 100% online (asynchronously or in real time), on ground, or a combination of each. The custom-developed curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving and applied skill building through hands-on exercises. Students move through the program by “leveling up” from one course to the next. The MSDA includes ten core courses and three additional foundation courses for students without a technical background. There is no GRE requirement and applications are currently being accepted.

Demand for qualified data analysts is rising. According to the World Economic Forum 2018 Future of Jobs Report, 85% of companies surveyed reported plans to adopt data analytics by 2022 and a 2019 LinkedIn survey reported data analytics as one of the top 25 skills most companies need.

“Walsh’s cutting edge technology programs instill critical thinking, problems solving and analytics skills that align with industry expectations,” said Dave Schippers, D.Sc., CISSP, chair and professor of Information Technology/Decision Sciences (ITDS). “Our students train on enterprise-level software and graduate ready to use their knowledge and skills immediately in the workplace.”

Walsh’s ITDS programs are frequently recognized for excellence. The Master of Science in IT has been ranked second in the nation and was named one of 2020’s Best Online Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Programs. Walsh was the first school in the nation to offer a degree concentration in automotive cybersecurity and was the first school in Michigan to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

For more information about Walsh programs, visit walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski invited to co-host MLRC Zoom program on LGBQT rights and the First Amendment on June 30

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jennifer Dukarski, Butzel Long attorney, shareholder and leader of the firm’s connected car working group, will co-host a Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Zoom program at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 on LGBQT rights and the First Amendment.

The discussion will focus on the implications of Bostock v. Clayton County as well as questions on whether and how the First Amendment has been used to advance equality. Featured participants include Stanford Law School’s Pamela Karlan, who argued Bostock and Paul Smith of the Campaign Legal Center, who argued Lawrence v. Texas.

Dukarski focuses her practice at the intersection of technology and communications with an emphasis on emerging and disruptive issues: digital media and content, cybersecurity and privacy, infotainment and shared mobility, and connected and autonomous cars.

In her practice, she has assisted clients with defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright, and other content-based claims. She focuses on compliance with various industry regulations and has become a national leader in legal issues facing emerging automotive technology and is the leader of Butzel Long’s connected car working group.

A self-titled “recovering engineer,” Dukarski was named one of the 30 Women Defining the Future of Technology in January 2020 by Warner Communications for her innovative thoughts and contributions to the tech industry.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Butzel Long donation to Salvation Army will provide more than 2,300 meals to Metro Detroiters in need

DETROIT, Mich. – Southeast Michigan food pantries face a daily challenge to provide nutritious food to families in need, which has been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Butzel Long law firm is helping by donating $2,500 to the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. The donation through the Butzel Long Charitable Trust will provide 2,336 meals to families struggling with food insecurity, feeding many families for several days.

Notably, last month, Butzel Long also made a financial donation to Gleaners to help metro Detroit neighbors in need. Butzel Long continues to look for and implement ways to help those most in need during these unprecedented times.

Throughout the year, Butzel Long supports many local organizations, charities, and community activities in an effort to give back to the City that it has been located in for more than 160 years. The Butzel Long Charitable Trust believes that if you change one life, you can change the world. And Butzel Long continues to try to reach those it can most directly help.

“Metro Detroit has been severely impacted by the current health and economic crises,” said Paul M. Mersino, attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long and Trustee of its Charitable Trust. “Families depend on local food pantries. It is important to support our community and the good work of organizations like the Salvation Army and Gleaners. Butzel Long will continue to find ways to help our neighbors in need.”

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as an alliance office in Beijing. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Cynthia Moore Selected as a Member of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2020 Hall of Fame

TROY, Mich., June 24, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Cynthia Moore (Member and Division Director, Regulatory – Administration, Troy) has been selected as a member of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2020 Hall of Fame.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Hall of Fame recognizes Michigan legal leaders over the age of 60, or who have practiced for 30 years or more, for their successful careers and valuable contributions to the community. The Class of 2020 Hall of Fame will be profiled in a special section of the October 12th issue of Michigan Lawyers Weekly. “I am truly honored to be selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a member of their 2020 Hall of Fame Class. This list is filled with such talented and accomplished attorneys,” said Cynthia.

Ms. Moore is a national expert on fringe benefit plans and is counsel to numerous plan sponsors in the design and administration of welfare benefit plans and qualified retirement plans. She also counsels companies and compensation committees on the tax, ERISA, and securities law aspects of executive compensation programs, such as supplemental executive retirement plans, stock incentive plans, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. She regularly speaks at seminars across the state regarding employee benefits and taxation issues and is the co-author of BNA Tax Management Portfolio No. 394, “Employee Fringe Benefits.” Ms. Moore is recognized for her expertise in employee benefits law in Chambers, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Detroit Regional Chamber Statement on State Budget Agreement

Monday, June 29, 2020 — Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO, Sandy K. Baruah, released the following statement on the Governor and Legislature’s budget agreement:

“The COVID crisis has caused an unprecedented budget challenge for Michigan. The Governor and the Republican legislative leadership coming together to proactively and collaboratively resolve the $2.2B shortfall in the current fiscal year is positive news. The business community stands ready to help advocate for Michigan’s fair share of Federal support in forthcoming aid to state and local governments.”

Legislative Update: Social Districts and Expungement Bills

June 24, 2020

After a long session day today, the Legislature will break until the third week of July. During that time, work on the budget will continue. Before breaking, the Legislature met in Lansing on a number of issues, including the following:

Social Districts Allowing Open Alcoholic Beverages – Michigan Legislature Approved Bills

The Michigan Senate and the House of Representatives have passed social district Bills that are now headed to the Governor for signing.  The Chamber’s government relations team has been supportive of the package through committees, which would allow liquor to be purchased to-go and authorize local governments to approve ‘social districts,’ where restaurants and bars who follow certain licensing rules and safety protocols would expand their establishment into closed city streets in order to allow for social distancing that would increase business.

Creating special social districts is a little bit more complicated though. Following the package passing through the Legislature, the Liquor Control Commission would still need to establish a licensing process.

Then designating the social district would fall to the local government, providing for local control and adding a layer of approvals after the Legislature acts.

Expungement Package Expected to Be Approved this Week

A “clean slate” package was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support, is expected to be voted on by the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee this week. The Chamber’s government relations team has supported this package through the process along with a broad “clean slate” coalition.

These bills have the opportunity to open up the expungement process to many Michigan residents who struggle to find a job because of their past criminal records as well as open up eligibility for a number of low-level offenses such as traffic offenses that are ineligible under the current expungement law.

Research shows that expanding expungement means massive economic benefits. Annually, the underemployment of formerly incarcerated people costs the nation between $78 billion and $87 billion in gross domestic product. Within two years of receiving an expungement, a person’s likelihood of being employed increases significantly, and their personal income increases by 25 percent. With a stable career, returning citizens are able to support themselves and their families while being productive members of society.

The package would remove qualified non-violent offenses from criminal records. View an extensive list of offenses included.

 

 

 

Chamber Joins 100 Organizations Urging US Congress to Initiate Changes to Current Police Policy Reform

The Detroit Regional Chamber joined 100 organizations nationwide to send a letter to U.S. Congress urging that elected officials—Republicans and Democrats alike—initiate important dialogue and implement necessary changes to current police policy. The letter reinforced the need for long-overdue police policy reforms and the need to move swiftly and not let this moment pass. Read the letter below or download it here.


TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomes the introduction of bills to reform policing policies. Well-functioning police departments holding the trust of the communities they serve are essential to a free society. Without taking away from the many officers and departments across this nation who by their actions have earned such trust, there is no doubt that change is necessary in police policy.

We are not experts in policing policy. We won’t pretend to suggest that we know exactly how policy ought to be changed to make an impact.  What we do know is that while no single law can solve our problems, changes in policy can make a difference.

We call on all elected officials, Republicans and Democrats, to come together and, informed by experts, enact bipartisan policing reforms before Labor Day. We encourage Members to suggest ideas and recommendations in the days ahead and will award credit on the Chamber’s scorecard for Members of Congress who introduce or co-sponsor proposals that advance impactful policing reform.

We look forward to participating in the dialogue and helping to address this important issue. But more importantly, we look forward to action that builds trust and moves our nation forward.

Sincerely,

Alameda Chamber of Commerce
Alameda, CA

America’s SBDC
Burke, VA

American Society of Association Executives
Washington, DC

Armenian American Chamber of Commerce
Glendale, CA

Aspire Johnson County
Greenwood, IN

Billings Chamber of Commerce
Billings, MT

Bossier Chamber of Commerce
Bossier City, LA

Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Buffalo, NY

Cambria Regional Chamber of Commerce
Johnstown, PA

Capital Region Chamber
Albany, NY

Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce
Castle Rock, CO

Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce
Alexandria, LA

ChamberRVA
Richmond, VA

Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Chandler, AZ

Chattooga Chamber of Commerce
Summerville, GA

Colorado Chamber of Commerce
Denver, CO

Covington County Chamber of Commerce
Collins, MS

DC Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce
Dearborn, MI

Detroit Regional Chamber
Detroit, MI

Dooly County Chamber
Vienna, GA

Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Eau Claire, WI

Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce
Edwardsville, IL

Ferndale Chamber of Commerce
Ferndale, WA

FMI — The Food Industry Association
Arlington, VA

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
Fredericksburg, VA

Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce
Elizabeth, NJ

Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce
Belleville, IL

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Boston, MA

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Durham, NC

Greater Green Bay Chamber
Green Bay, WI

Greater Louisville Inc.
Louisville, KY

Greater Phoenix Chamber
Phoenix, AZ

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Springfield, VA

Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce
Taylor, TX

Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
Wasilla, AK

Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
Winter Haven, FL

Halifax County Chamber of Commerce
South Boston, VA

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
Hilton Head Island, SC

Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Hoffman Estates, IL

Houma Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce
Houma, LA

Houston West Chamber of Commerce
Houston, TX

Howard County Chamber of Commerce
Columbia, MD

Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce
Souderton, PA

Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Topeka, KS

Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce
Kearney, NE

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Frankfort, KY

Laredo Chamber of Commerce
Laredo, TX

Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce
Clemmons, NC

Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln, NE

Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce
Lompoc, CA

Longview TX Chamber of Commerce
Longview, TX

Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Leesburg, VA

Lubbock Chamber of Commerce
Lubbock, TX

Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC)
Mahwah, NJ

Marion Area Chamber
Marion, OH

Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Annapolis, MD

Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Brockton, MA

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Christiansburg, VA

Muncie Chamber of Commerce
Muncie, IN

National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions
Arlington, VA

National City Chamber of Commerce
National City, CA

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Washington, DC

North Carolina Chamber
Raleigh, NC

North Mason Chamber of Commerce
Belfair, WA

North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce
Paducah, KY

Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
Peoria, IL

Perry County Chamber of Commerce
New Bloomfield, PA

Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce
Pratt, KS

Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce
Prattville, AL

Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce
Quincy, IL

Renton Chamber of Commerce
Renton, WA

Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Rochester, MI

Rowlett Chamber of Commerce
Rowlett, TX

Salt Lake Chamber
Salt Lake City, UT

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio, TX

San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
San Marcos, CA

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce
San Pedro, CA

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
Santa Maria, CA

Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Savannah, GA

Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism
Selma, AL

Sherwood Chamber of Commerce
Sherwood, AR

South Bend Regional Chamber
South Bend, IN

Spartanburg Area Chamber
Spartanburg, SC

St. Louis Regional Chamber
St. Louis, MO

Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce
Monticello, NY

Swainsboro-Emanuel County Chamber of Commerce
Swainsboro, GA

Sycamore Chamber of Commerce
Sycamore, IL

Tampa Bay Chamber
Tampa, FL

The Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce
Reno, NV

Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce
Torrance, CA

Tucson Metro Chamber
Tucson, AZ

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

U.S. Travel Association
Washington, DC

Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Hampton, VA

Vista Chamber of Commerce
Vista, CA

West Suburban Chamber of Commerce
La Grange, IL

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce
Westerville, OH

Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce
Wichita, KS

Anna Maiuri Named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal

TROY, Mich., June 22, 2020 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Anna Maiuri (Member, Environmental, Energy & Sustainability Practice Group Co-Chair) has been named a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

The 19th Annual Women Worth Watching leadership issue recognizes dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change our workplaces and our world. Nominated by their employers or colleagues, these accomplished executives are from corporate organizations, world-class educational institutions, the armed forces, and nonprofit groups. Ms. Maiuri is the third Dickinson Wright attorney to receive this recognition in the past several years. The 2020 Women Worth Watching edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal will be available to the public in August.

Ms. Maiuri is Co-Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. When she joined the Firm seven years ago, Ms. Maiuri was asked to revamp the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) efforts. She was instrumental in making the Committee much more active in firm policymaking, and establishing and advancing affinity groups in the Firm to address the nuances and challenges faced by minorities and/or parents in the big law firm environment. Another of her initiatives resulted in a gender-neutral parental leave policy with substantially enhanced benefits for both attorneys and staff.

“Anna Maiuri is highly deserving of this recognition,” said Michael Hammer, Dickinson Wright’s CEO. “She has brought great leadership, and tireless energy and enthusiasm to our diversity and inclusion efforts, and has been instrumental in helping us adopt several progressive policies and programs to advance these important goals, both within the firm, and in the communities that we serve.”

Ms. Maiuri is also a nationally recognized leader in the field of Environmental Law. Ms. Maiuri has received many awards through the years but most notably in 2015, she was honored with the National Law Journal’s 2015 Energy and Environmental Trailblazers Award. She was named as a Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Law by Best Lawyers in America for 2012, 2016, 2018 and 2020. She also has been recognized as a notable practitioner and leader in the law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Michigan Super Lawyers, and DBusiness Magazine. Ms. Maiuri received her B.A. from Wayne State University and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise, and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Dykema’s Heidi Naasko Wins State Bar of Michigan’s Cummiskey Award for Pro Bono Service

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced today that its Pro Bono Counsel, Heidi Naasko, was selected to receive the State Bar of Michigan’s John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award for 2020. The award is typically presented at the State Bar of Michigan’s Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for Sept. 17, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

According to the State Bar of Michigan, the purpose of the Cummiskey Award is to foster awareness of the need for involvement of the private bar in delivering legal services to the poor, by giving public recognition each year to a Michigan lawyer who has made a significant pro bono contribution to this effort. The award is established in the name of John W. Cummiskey of Grand Rapids, a leading advocate and activist in the cause of making legal services available to all, without regard to economic status. Past Dykema honorees of the Cummiskey Pro Bono Award include Joel Kellman (2000) and retired members Peggy Costello (2002), and Joe Basta (2009).

In her role as Pro Bono Counsel, Naasko leverages Dykema’s resources to satisfy the unmet legal needs of the community. She is widely known for serving those who are underserved including child immigrants, human trafficking and domestic violence survivors. Working collaboratively with legal aid, Naasko has launched legal clinics for those seeking personal protection orders. She’s also coordinated teams of lawyers to address statewide and national legal crises. She is currently working to pass legislation establishing right to counsel for low-income Detroiters facing eviction.

However, Naasko’s work in pro bono goes far beyond her cases. As Dykema’s first full-time Pro Bono Counsel, she initiated several innovative projects that promoted best practices and expanded volunteer opportunities for not only Dykema attorneys and summer associates, but corporate counsel nationwide. Her knowledge, thoroughness, availability and mentorship has created a broader network of attorneys providing pro bono service.

Naasko’s passionate drive allows her to call attention to unmet needs and find a way to overcome perceived obstacles that historically prevented lawyers outside of and within the firm from volunteering, thereby resulting in a larger group of low-income clients being served. In 2008, under her direction, Dykema became the first firm to take on pro bono work in the representation of abused and neglected migrant children. In 2009, Naasko began directing the Dykema Free Legal Aid Clinic, the first program of its kind in the State of Michigan. The clinic was designed in response to the unmet legal needs that may impede the success of students. About a decade ago, under Naasko’s leadership, Dykema was the first major law firm to accept criminal expungements as a pro bono opportunity. Her willingness to engage this project was essential to overcoming initial trepidation within the private bar and resulted in other firms following suit, leading to hundreds of Detroiters having criminal records expunged from their public records. In 2018, Naasko championed the idea of passing a right to counsel in Detroit for low-income Detroiters facing eviction. In 2019, an ordinance proposing such right was introduced by Detroit City Council.

Throughout her career, Naasko has developed strong relationships with business clients to create pro bono partnerships that focus on identifying high-profile, relevant, and succinct pro bono opportunities. As Dykema’s Diversity Counsel, she has also implemented diversity initiatives from recruiting and mentoring to business development opportunities.

Naasko earned a J.D., cum laude, from Boston University and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, a nonprofit professional organization for attorneys and practice group managers who run a law firm pro bono practice on a full-time basis, and First Step-Wayne County, a non-profit providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Reflecting on the History of Juneteenth, Educational Resources to Learn More

Today, the Chamber is reflecting on Juneteenth, a day that has been largely overlooked throughout history. To further educate ourselves and our members, as well as those still learning alongside us, we have compiled a list of resources to learn more.

What Is Juneteenth? Authored by Henry Louis Gates Jr. the director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. Read more.

Juneteenth Jubilee: The President of Black Young Professionals and an Ambassador for Let’s Detroit, Darvell Powell, will be co-hosting the Juneteenth Jubilee Live on Friday, June 19 at 6:19 p.m. Learn more.


Conversations for the Culture: The City of Detroit shared a weeklong series of through provoking discussions celebrating Black culture. The City of Detroit’s Juneteenth history and conversations will continue with streaming of virtual festivities on Facebook Live, concluding with a live and in-person Juneteenth Freedom Rally at Spirit Plaza on Friday, June 19. (2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI)

One conversation from earlier this week focused on the history of Juneteenth and Detroit with their Director Charity Dean and Jamon Jordan, a historian and educator for the Black Scroll Network History & Tours. Listen to the informative and educational conversation here.


Two Black female leaders, Kiva Wilson and Dr. Evelyn Carter, whose careers have focused on helping build more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations explain how individuals and businesses can commemorate Juneteenth and encourage equality and inclusivity. Read more.

Hour Detroit’s “10 ways to celebrate Juneteenth around Metro Detroit” includes virtual celebrations, marches, film festivals, and other ways to learn more. Read more.

The Little Guide’s “3 Ways to celebrate Juneteenth with children” offers a comprehensive list for parents. Read more.

Expand your home library and buy (or borrow from your local library) books about Juneteenth, while supporting black-owned bookstores Detroit Book City (Southfield)Sources (Detroit), and  Black Stone (Ypsilanti).

Suggested reads to pick up for individuals and children include:


The Detroit Equity Council (DEC) works to foster inter-departmental coordination that leads to policy improvement and systemic change for the benefit of Detroiters. Learn more about these efforts and view additional resources on their website.