Detroit Urban League event brings history to life for students - New York News

Detroit Urban League event brings history to life for students

Posted: Updated:
Keynote speaker Brian David addresses students Wednesday during the Detroit Urban League's Youth Dialogue event. Keynote speaker Brian David addresses students Wednesday during the Detroit Urban League's Youth Dialogue event.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

History came to life Wednesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History.  Young people gathered to hear from "warriors" in human and civil rights.

It's an event designed to inform and inspire.

"It's that inner voice, the voice of the warrior that cries out and says I can do it.  I can make it.  I will overcome," said keynote speaker Brain Davis.

175 high school students attended the Detroit Urban League's Youth Dialogue, an event that puts future leaders face-to-face with the Urban League's Distinguished Warriors.

"When the young people leave, they have something to hang their hats on, they have something to think about and something that might inspire and encourage them to move on.  It might just be one word or one person, but it'll make a difference for them," said Urban League President N. Charles Anderson.

The event brings history to life by bridging the generation gap with real dialogue.

"You get to inquire about what they think and what did they feel.  How do they feel they made a change," said student Balaal Hollings.  "It's an extreme honor, and I'm glad I was here today."

The speakers shared their experiences, their wisdom and advice to help guide these future warriors.

"My message for the young people today is that many others, who went before them, built paths, built bridges, and that they, too, will continue to build pathways," said Distinguished Warrior 2013 Barbara Mahone.

At the end of the day, this impressive group left armed with new knowledge and big dreams of a bright future.

"As a senior coming out of high school, it gives me more motive and more reason to go to college and make something better of our city and of just our people," said student Debra Parks.

"It inspires me to just keep on and represent Detroit well because I am a Detroiter," said student Lamar Allen.

The Youth Dialogue always takes place the day before the Detroit Urban League's Salute to Distinguished Warriors event where several local heroes will be honored.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Firefighters rescue crane operator

    Firefighters rescue crane operator

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:12 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:12:48 GMT
    Firefighters in northern New Jersey rescued an Iowa man when his bucket crane buckled. Josh Lovell of Melcher, Iowa, was working on lights when the crane broke Tuesday.
    Firefighters in northern New Jersey rescued an Iowa man when his bucket crane buckled. Josh Lovell of Melcher, Iowa, was working on lights when the crane broke Tuesday.

  • Police: Man drives off NY bridge, dies

    Police: Man drives off NY bridge, dies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:10:33 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    Police in Westchester County are investigating whether a man who died was drag racing when he drove off a bridge. They say the victim was driving northbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway when he exited and drove off the Ashford Avenue Bridge in Dobbs Ferry around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man was alone in the car.
    Police in Westchester County are investigating whether a man who died was drag racing when he drove off a bridge. They say the victim was driving northbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway when he exited and drove off the Ashford Avenue Bridge in Dobbs Ferry around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The man was alone in the car.

  • Aire Ancient Baths

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    A relaxing bathhouse in busy Tribeca

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:29:51 GMT
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
    Deep beneath the hustle and bustle of Tribeca lies a modern-day oasis brimming with old world charm: Aire Ancient Baths, my new favorite city escape. The breathtaking spa is illuminated by hundreds of candles and smells of invigorating eucalyptus. For around $80 you can bathe in the tranquil blue pools for 90 minutes and find the temperature that's right for you.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
  • 3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:51:19 GMT
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices