This Week on American Black Journal:

Black-owned Detroit law firm Lewis & Munday celebrates its 50th anniversary

One of the nation’s oldest and largest African American-owned law firms is celebrating a major milestone this year. Lewis & Munday, P.C., located in Detroit, marks its 50th anniversary in the Motor City. Founded in 1972, the Black-owned law firm has made a major impact in Detroit through its legal counsel on large real estate development projects and investment in the next generation of African American lawyers. 

Lewis & Munday, P.C. President and CEO Reginald Dozier and Ronda Tate Truvillion, a shareholder and co-chair of the Litigation Practice Group, join “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson for a conversation on how the law firm has helped shape important decisions across the city. They talk about the firm’s involvement in the Joe Louis and Little Caesars Arenas, and the creation of a scholarship fund for aspiring young lawyers. Plus, they discuss the importance of increasing diversity in the legal profession.


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Detroit Doll Show returns in 2022 to Marygrove Conservancy after COVID hiatus

The Detroit Doll Show, an annual celebration of African American history, culture, self-love and diversity through the promotion of dolls of color, has announced its return in 2022 following a two-year COVID hiatus. It’s one of the largest doll shows of its kind in the world. The one-day event will return to the Marygrove Conservancy’s Madame Cadillac Building from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on November 12. 

Detroit Doll Show founder Sandra Epps sits down with “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson to share what families can expect from the doll show. Plus, Epps talks about how African American dolls promote diversity, culture and self-love to young Black children, as well as adult collectors, and the importance of Black representation in toys.  


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Soldier Shortage: Youth Obesity, Academic Outcomes, Labor Deficits Affecting U.S. Army Recruitment

The United States Army has a recruitment problem. Issues of increasing childhood obesity rates, a decline in educational outcomes, and shortages across the national labor market have caused sharp decreases in the number of new soldiers the U.S. Army has onboarded. In an effort to turn those numbers around, the Army has invested in a 90-day preparatory course to help young people interested in joining meet the physical and academic standards needed to become an Army member. 

Producer Bill Kubota sat down with U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville during McConville’s visit to the Detroit Arsenal, located in the TACOM facility in Warren, MI. Gen. McConville talks with Kubota about COVID-19 and the labor shortage’s impact on the military, as well as the military’s investments to attract more young people to serve. Plus, Kubota hears what community stakeholders took away from the conversation. 


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