Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service

MLK March 8

MLK March 8, photo by JSmith Photo

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I hope you have today off. I also hope that you get a little time to reflect on the continuing quest for equality for all, here in Michigan and all over the planet. Until we all have equal rights, it doesn’t seem to me like we can truly count ourselves successful.

If you do have the day off, MLK Day is also a National Day of Service. The State of Michigan explains:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” To honor his words of inspiration and encouragement, the Michigan Community Service Commission asks you to mark January 21, 2013 on your calendar for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service was initiated by Congress in 1994 and has been developed beyond a federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service. In honor of this special day, thousands of service projects will be planned across the country grounded in Dr. King’s teachings of nonviolence and social justice.

File that page away for next year as you can seek small grants from the state for events that engage volunteers in community projects and head over to MLKday.gov to find projects in your community.

See Jeffrey’s photo background big and see more in his MLK CommUNITY March and Peace Vigil slideshow.

More MLK on Michigan in Pictures – be sure to check out the Great March to Freedom!

Creating Cities in Michigan

Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Traverse City, Marquette and Kalamazoo are by no means all of Michigan’s cities (or even the largest). Each, however, seems to be an anchor for its region – a center to which people look to for culture, entertainment and commerce.

October 13-15, 2008, lovers of cities large & small from Michigan and all over the country will head to Detroit for the Creative Cities Summit 2.0 (CCS2), an exploration of what our cities could become and how we can work to make them. Organizers have chosen Detroit, a city so deeply forged in America’s industrial fires that it’s been devastated by the flickering of that flame. I’m headed down there and will try to bring some of the ideas back to you through Absolute Michigan – I hope that some of you can join me there.

The Photos (left to right)

Creative Cities Summit 2.0 in Detroit on Oct. 13-15, 2008

CCS2 will present a dynamic and engaging conversation about how communities around the world are integrating innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, arts & culture and business to create vibrant economies. Full conference registration is $300 for the two and half day event, and there’s also a “no frills” registration that is only $100. There’s also a free “Unconference” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) on the 12th for designers, urban planners, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, students, community leaders to explore and discuss what’s possible for Detroit.
Keynote speakers include:

  • Bill Strickland, MCG-Bidwell Corp.
  • Richard Florida, Author Who’s Your City
  • Charles Landry, Author The Art of City Making
  • John Howkins, Author The Creative Economy
  • Dean Kamen, Inventor, DEKA
  • Majora Carter, Sustainable South Bronx
  • Doug Farr, Architect and Author Sustainable Urbanism
  • Ben Hecht, Pres. & CEO Living Cities
  • Tom Wujec, Fellow, Autodesk
  • Carol Coletta, CEOs for Cities
  • Giorgio Di Cicco, Poet Laureate, City of Toronto and Author, The Municipal Mind
  • Diana Lind, Editor, Next American City magazine

Breakout sessions on topics such as:

  • Race and the Creative City
  • Cities, Universities & Talent
  • Marketing, Media and the Creative City
  • Measuring New Things – ROI in the Creative Economy
  • Creative (Small) Cities
  • New Ideas in Urban Amenities
  • Community Vitality: The Role of Artists, Gays, Lesbians & Immigrants
  • Midwest Mega-region: How the Midwest Can Compete
  • Transportation Innovation for Cities
  • Making the Scene: Music & Economic Development

Much (much) more at creativecitiessummit.com.

Michigan March Madness: Rose Arena at Central Michigan University

Rose Arena at Central Michigan University

Rose Arena, photo by CMU Sports Information

I noticed that March has 5 Saturdays this year and that Michigan has 5 NCAA Division I schools. Seemed like a plan to feature the basketball arenas of all five schools in honor of March Madness. I decided to feature them in alphabetical order, so we begin with Central Michigan University’s Rose Arena, home of the CMU Chippewas men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics programs.

The Daniel P. Rose Center (commonly called Rose Arena) is a 5,200-seat arena that opened in 1975. The Chippewas play on a wooden court was used only once prior to CMU’s purchase — for the 1986 NBA All-Star Game. CMU’s media kit says:

Since its opening in 1973, Rose Arena has been the site of two women’s championships and four men’s championships. In 1980, Rose was the site of the national AIAW Division I National Championships (at the time, the equivalent of the men’s NCAA Tournament). And, in 1984, Rose hosted the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament. Rose has also been the site of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s girls basketball finals since 1997.

The Rose Rowdies are right on top of the action in the east end zone. A true “sixth man,” this group is an intimidating force for opposing teams. Their chants and cheers create an intense, enthusiastic atmosphere.

Wikipedia’s entry for the Daniel P. Rose Center has a few photos and you might be interested in NBA players who played at CMU and the CMU Sports Hall of Fame. NCAA Men’s Division I Tournament bids by school on Wikipedia says Central has 4 NCAA Tourney appearances with the last being 2003 when Chris Kaman led the Chips to an upset over Creighton before being dispatched by Duke.

The other Division I schools are EMU, MSU, UM & WSU and if you have a cool photo of one of them, post a link below or send an email. Likewise, any links to related Rose Arena / Central Michigan University stuff would be welcome!

More Michpics Michigan March Madness.

There’s Nothing Like a CMU Sunset

Theres Nothing Like a CMU Sunset

Theres Nothing Like a CMU Sunset, photo by brandonjb.

This photo from a Central Michigan Chippewas football game is part of Brandon’s The Life and Times At CMU set.

Central Michigan University is located in Mt. Pleasant and their CMU History page says:

Central opened its doors in 1892 as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute. At that time, few of the state’s teachers received any formal training in teaching. School founders made teacher training their mission in founding the state’s second normal school.

Thirty-one students attended classes in second-floor rooms over an office on the corner of Main and Michigan streets in downtown Mount Pleasant. Most students at the time were eighth-grade graduates, attending the “Normal” for a few weeks or months prior to beginning their careers as teachers. Within the first two years, land was acquired and a $10,000 Normal School Building was constructed where Warriner Hall now stands.

In their virtual photo & video tours they have a photo of Kelly/Shorts Stadium and you can at a ton of information on the CMU Chippewas at cmuchippewas.com.