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CAN HELP ABPAFS HELP A KATRINA FAMILY!!
Bryan King, an African American fourth-year Uof M medical student, grew up in Ninth Ward New Orleans. Bryan is a young man of whom we may all be proud.
Bryan and his family have lost their home and all their belongings--everything is
destroyed, nothing can be salvaged. Bryan was with his family at the end of August and
early September, and organized their evacuation. Their neighborhood, which had never flooded in the 20 years they lived there, may be returned "to nature" rather than
rebuilt, and the family now feels that God is directing them away from New Orleans for
good; they are moving to Ann Arbor with Bryan on October 29th.
The family includes Bryan's mother, father, (wheelchair-bound,
disabled--while on active duty--veteran) older brother, and
college-student sister. Mr. King sorts mail for the
U.S. Postal Service, and is putting in for a transfer to Ann
When they arrive on October 29th,
they will need many things...
Uof M has offered a furnished townhouse or apartment for the
King family, rent-free
through June 2006. They have 3 choices: a 2- or 3-bedroom
townhouse at Northwood IV or
V--which is not handicap accessible, OR a 2-bedroom accessible
unit in Northwood III,
which is part of the U's undergraduate apartment community.
If they opt for the
townshouse, an ABPAFS-affiliated volunteer has stepped forward
to lead up an effort to
make that unit as accessible as possible; and connections
will be made in the community
to secure equipment that might help to make that setting fully
YOU CAN HELP: The Kings will need everything
we all do, to set up house: linens, pots and pans, dishware
and silverware. Do you have unopened or new items that
you bought and then decided you couldn't use? Target,
or Meijers, or similar gift cards are great too!
They have only what they are wearing, which, of course, is
all summer clothing. So they
will need lots of warm clothes the minute they get to Michigan.
They will especially need warm sweaters, jackets, and coats.
Mom, 18 or XLarge;
Sister, Medium women's or large juniors.
YOU CAN HELP: Target, or Meijers, or similar
gift cards will help them get warm fast.
They have managed to snag a car, which Mom and sister will
drive up here. So all they need is transport for brother and
father to Ann Arbor.
Mr. and Mrs. King were only 2 years away from retirement,
now all is lost. They are
going to need a community here in Ann Arbor, not just a place
to live. Are there ABPAFS
volunteers who will be interested in connecting with the Kings
after they move here, to reach out and let them know they're
You can donate toward a gift card by depositing
(they will take CASH TOO!!)
made out to
ABPAFS checking account
UM Credit Union.
If you have donations or other resources contact
call 764-7522 and
I will direct you to where your donation should go
Poll Says Black Coeds Practice Religion More Than Other
October 12, 2005
By: Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, BlackAmericaWeb.com
When it comes to raising the praise, black college
students practice religion more than students of other
races, according to a new study from the Higher Education
Research Institute at the University of California.
One-third of the black students contacted for the survey
said that spiritual growth and following religious teaching
are essential, compared with less than one-fifth of
the white and Asian students polled. Black students
also reported higher levels of church attendance, prayer
and belief in God.
"It's just something that is a part of us,"
said Candice Howlet, a junior pre-nursing student at
the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
When she arrived in Birmingham from Town Creek, Alabama
a few years ago, campus friends told her about New Hope
Baptist Church located about five minutes from campus.
She's been going there since 2003 on Sundays for worship
and to Tuesday night Bible study.
"When I don't go, I just don't feel right,"
she told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
Of the 112,232 students surveyed, 76 percent were
White, eight percent African-American, seven percent
Asian-American, five percent Latino, two percent American
Indian/Alaska Native, and one percent Native Hawaiian/Pacific
Blacks registered as the highest scorers on seven
of the 12 overall measures of spirituality and religiousness
studied -- religious commitment, compassionate self-concept,
spiritual quest, equanimity, religious engagement, ethic
of caring, and religious/social conservatism -- compared
to all the other races.
Whites had the lowest scores on five of the 12 scales:
ethic of caring, ecumenical worldview, charitable involvement,
spiritual quest, and compassionate self-concept.
Latinos were the least likely overall to demonstrate
high levels of religious engagement and, along with
Asian-Americans, religious/social conservatism. Asian-Americans
were the highest scorers on religious skepticism and
the lowest on spirituality, equanimity, and religious
The study also found that:
95 percent of blacks believe in God, compared to
84 percent of Latinos, 78 percent of whites, and 65
percent of Asian-Americans.
91 percent of blacks pray, compared to 75 percent of
Latinos and 67 percent of whites.
53 percent of blacks attend religious services frequently,
compared to 42 percent of whites, 39 percent of Latinos
and 35 percent of Asian-Americans.
47 percent of blacks have a high level of religious
commitment, compared to 25 percent of whites and 22
percent of Asian-Americans.
32 percent of blacks have high levels of religious engagement,
compared to 16 percent of Latinos and 19 percent of
Phil Bowling-Dyer, director of Black Campus Ministries
with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, says he
is not surprised by the findings of the study.
"Religion is something within the black tradition
that has been passed down through generations,"
Bowling-Dyer told BlackAmericaWeb.com. "Once students
are away from home and on campus, they continue."
The Intervarsity Fellowships works to encourage spirituality
among students across the country. Bowling-Dyer said
at least 3,500 students from across the country are
part of the fellowship.
Some students participate in formal religious activities,
while others do it on their own. "There is more
freedom to talk about spirituality," said Bowling-Dyer.
"Students often get together and start their own
College gospel choirs are another avenue for religious
and spiritual expression, he said.
"I think the college gospel choir is a hidden tool
God uses to help take care of young college students,"
he said. "Sometimes you will find a gospel choir
on a campus where there are only a few black students,
like the University of Wisconsin. Still, they come together
and bond through the choir. And there are some gospel
choirs with non-black members."
The bonds formed in choirs and Bible study can sustain
and encourage students as they matriculate, he said.
Victoria Williams, a sophomore majoring in Journalism
at the University of Oklahoma, said the nearest predominately
black churches to that campus in Norman, Oklahoma are
about 30 miles away.
"Still, students find a way to get there. They
carpool," she told BlackAmericaWeb.com. "Even
if students have been partying the night before, they
often will get up on Sunday morning for church.
"When you've grown up around it -- your dad's a
deacon, your mom's on the usher board -- it's just a
part of you," she said.
It is time for ABPAFS elections, so if you or someone you know wants to be an officer (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer)
Please send the names to
What is Kids Kare at Home?
Kids Kare at Home is a program to help families at the University of Michigan who have sick children or who need back-up emergency care for times when regular child care is not available—for example, if your provider is ill. By calling the number provided in the literature that is sent to you on registration, you will be assigned a trained caregiver who will come to your home within 3-4 hours of the time you call. It is advisable to call the Kids Kare number the night before you think you will need services, in order for the caregiver to be given maximum lead time to reach your home on time the next morning. There is a 24-hour paging service.
The new Kids Kare year begins on November 1. Online registration is open from October 10 – October 21, 2005. There is no fee to register, and you are never obligated to use the service. Registering will simply get your information in the system, so if you do find that you need back-up childcare, all you'll have to do is call to arrange a caregiver.
For more details, and to register for the 2005-2006 Kids Kare year, please visit http://www.umich.edu/~hraa/worklife/kidskare/
Join us for Family Arts and other great African cultural dance activities in October and November.
Admission for Family Arts is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Mommy/Daddy & Me Rates are available for parents/guardians with children. Rates are $10 for a parent with his/her child or youth.
For more info, call 313-438-2800.
Special Events on the Weekends of November 5th and 12th
Weekend of November 5 & 6th
Cosaan Visiting Artist Workshops & Youssou NDour Concert
November 5-6--Join African Dance Works Saturday and Sunday for Cosaan with visiting artists Babacar NDiaye, Idy Ciss, and Assane Konte.
Location: Serengetti Galleries (Venue subject to change), 2757 Grand River Avenue, Detroit. Please call 313-438-2800 for more info or to confirm.
Join UMS, the Senegalese Association of Michigan (SAOM), and the Honorary Arab World Festival Committee Saturday evening for Youssou NDour Concert. Activities include a Pre-Concert Reception, Africafest Concert: Youssou N’Dour & The Egyptian Orchestra (Senegal), and SAOM Tannberr (UMS). Reception starts at 6 P. Venue at Hill Auditorium. Ph: 734-764-2538.
Pre-reception is free. Concert tickets range from $10-42. Tannbeer admission begins at $10 or is included with the SAOM package.
African Dance Works (ADW) is proud to present Cosaan, a wrap-around event for UMS Africafest: Youssou N’Dour Concert. ADW visiting artists workshops will begin at 11 A on Saturday and Sunday. UMS concert activity schedule for Saturday evening is: pre-concert reception at Hill Auditorium at 6 P, Youssou NDour’s concert at 8 P at Hill Auditorium, and the SAOM Tannbeer at the Michigan League (2nd Floor) directly following the concert. The UMS concert activities are in collaboration with the Senegalese Association of Michigan (SAOM) and the Honorary Arab World Festival Committee. Join us for a weekend celebration of Senegalese culture.
Weekend of November 11-13
November 11-13 Kuungana: Join African Drum and Dance Parent Association
for 14th annual Kuungana concert and conference (Flint,
MI). Location: Classes will be held at the Brennan
Center and the Concert at Flint Northwestern High School.
Join the ADDPA, Kuungana Dance Troupe, and Kevin
Collins for three days of dance, drum, and performance,
featuring Assane Konte, Fabayo Manzira, Kissima Diabate,
and more. On Saturday evening, join the Kuungana
dance troupe and guests in their annual concert performance. For
more information, call 810-785-6843.
Learn to Locate
Information on African Americans Using the Web
Session Title: Finding Multicultural Information: Locating
Resources for your Multicultural Research
This session will provide researchers with the tools
to locate statistical, primary, and secondary sources, using
the web, MIRLYN, and electronic databases. Did you know
there is tons of multicultural information in databases
such as Lexis-Nexis, Jstor, American FactFinder, etc? Learn
to use these resources and more to aid in your research.
Date: Friday, 10/21/2005
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Location: Faculty Exploratory
(206 Hatcher Graduate Library)
Presenter(s): Charles Ransom
HERE TO REGISTER
Elegant Evening with Robert Sims
Ann Arbor Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Cost: $50/ students $20
Location: Dexter Center for the Performing Arts
2200 North Parker Road
(Parker and Shield)
An Elegant Evening with Robert Sims, Baritone,also featuring Kimberly Aiken, Miss America 1994.in a Program of African American folk songs & spirituals.
Proceeds benefit Peace Neighborhood Center, UM Comprehensive Cancer Center & The African American Museum of Washtenaw County.
For tickets & information call
734 544 5918
Agape (a-ga-pi) n.
AGAPE is a care
centre for 25
children, It was set up by a Zulu lady
called Zodwa Mqadi who took it
upon herself to look after many of the
orphaned children in her local
community. The children of AGAPE
are fortunate to share in the
unconditional love of Zodwa and her
The Children of Agape House choir, a group of orphans from South Africa
who range in age from 7 - 15. Each has lost either one or both of their parents to AIDS.
The children will be in Michigan November 16 - 20.
The focus of their visit is to raise money to rebuild their orphanage that was destroyed
earlier this year by a fire. This is their
second visit to the States. The children will arrive on U-M's campus in the morning on 11/18 and
will be given tours of and presentations by
research facilities in the Med School.
Extending the Frozen Moment
October 15 January 8
From the Civil Rights
era to today,
an American visionary captures
the voice of our time.
University of Michigan
Museum of Art
525 South State Street,
|This exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Henry Luce Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Peter Norton Family Foundation. Additional support has come from the University of Michigans Office of the Provost, as well as from Pfizer, Michigan Radio and Michigan Television, and other generous donors.
Department of Screen Arts and Cultures
Will screen and discuss
The Odds of Recovery
premiere of a new short
Thursday, October 20
Modern Languages Building,
Lecture Room 2
"...the deft interplay of voices, words and
images creates a steady accretion of metaphors and insights that
are sharp and multilayered.While Friedrich effectively critiques
Western medicine and demonstrates exhilarating filmmaking skills,
its true achievement is as self-portraiture, boldly revealing
a woman in
all her difficult, naked complexity."
Holly Willis, LA WEEKLY
Michigan Arts Course Connection
Institute for the Humanities
Screen Arts and Cultures