Ypsilanti mother Yodit Mesfin Johnson uses the word “synergy” to describe the partnership that developed with fellow parent Tamara Tucker-Ibarisha when they launched their Black Men Read (BMR) organization. The idea started simple enough in 2016 when a teacher at Johnson’s son’s school asked her to help find readers for his class, specifically black male
Behind the voice is teacher Susanna Brown, who brings to the class a focused energy, her genuine love of children and a sincere belief in the mission of Ann Arbor’s First Steps program. The program gives parents and caregivers the support and encouragement they need in helping their children develop and grow in their first years of life. The 30-plus First Steps classes offered year-round through the Rec and Ed division of Ann Arbor Public Schools give children ages 0 to 5 a place to learn alongside a caring adult.
Five years after launching the Literati Bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor, co-owners Mike and Hilary Gustafson started a new chapter in their lives in June with the birth of their daughter, Greta Lane.
The Fuller Cut Barbershop is deep local. This section of Ecorse Street in Ypsilanti doesn’t have a sign, so if you could miss it. But lack of signage doesn’t impact this thriving family-owned business. The waiting room is full of customers, many of them black boys, patiently awaiting their frohawks and high skin fades with curly tops. Reading is a trend among this clientele, thanks to Alex Fuller.