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MALIK SHABAZZ

MALIK SHABAZZ PRESS PASS ID:910021 Shabazz grew up in Detroit’s North End, an area centering around Oakland Street north of East Grand Boulevard. His grandfather, the late David Holmes, was a Michigan legislator during the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. His stepfather was a Detroit police officer. But their influence didn’t stop Shabazz from falling into gang life and the culture of drugs and violence that comes with it. Avarice and a quest for somewhere to belong motivated him, Shabazz says, but it’s more complicated than that. While running the streets, Shabazz also served as an altar boy at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Asked about the contradiction between his religious life and his criminal activities, Shabazz brings up the black intellectual W.E.B. DuBois and the phenomenon of double consciousness he described as being part of the black American experience. That duality, DuBois explained, is the result of conflicting impulses: the desire to create your own identity while at the same time being judged through the lens of the dominant white society. After being expelled from St. Hedwig’s and Northwestern high schools for his gangster ways, Shabazz attempted to leave that life behind, and seriously considered becoming a priest. That didn’t last long. “I liked women. That changed my mind about that,” he says. The priesthood forgotten and back on the streets, he started doing whatever drug came...

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Rev. Horace Sheffield III

REV. HORACE SHEFFIELD PRESS PASS ID: 910014 Rev. Horace Sheffield III is the pastor of New Destiny Christian Fellowship Church and an announced candidate in 2014 for the 13th congressional district seat held by John Conyers (D-Detroit). Sheffield is the father of Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield. His father, Horace Sheffield Jr., was a Detroit labor and civil rights activist who worked with the United Auto Workers to organize Ford autoworkers in...

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Jonathan Kinlockh

JONATHAN KINLOCH PRESS PASS ID: 910015 Board Member Jonathan Kinloch has been engaged in Detroit’s social and civic community for over twenty years. He graduated from Detroit Public Schools’ Northwestern High School and among the lessons learned was the importance of community service. During his formative years, Kinloch was fortunate to have engaged in internships and volunteerism efforts under the guidance of Michigan trailblazers such as, former Detroit City Council President, Erma L. Henderson; Detroit’s former Ombudsman Marie Farrell- Donaldson; and Gloria C. Cobbin, a former president of the Detroit Board of Education. He attributes these experiences with learning the importance and privilege of public service. Board Member Kinloch has served on the Wayne County Planning and Development Commission (1989-1991); Detroit Board of Zoning Appeals (1998-2007); Detroit Library Commission (2008-2013) and previously as a member of the Detroit Board of Education (2006-2007). During his previous service on the Detroit Board of Education, he chaired the Committee on Human Resources, Policy and Legislative Affairs. While serving, he introduced a number of policies which remain with the district today. He’s most proud of the Office of Inspector General, DPS Police Department, and the city-wide voter approval granting DPS subpoena power during corruption investigations. Board Member Kinloch worked as a Legislative Aide to former Michigan State Senator Jack Faxon and served as Director of Government and Community Relations for Trend Industries, Inc....

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