What role do Detroit’s Black churches play in the success of Detroit Public Schools and their students? American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” series examines the important role of the church as champions for the city’s schools and students, and how the church fills the gaps, helps solve issues, and supports Detroit schools to make sure students can reach their full potential.  

Host Stephen Henderson sits down with Rev. Larry Simmons of Baber Memorial AME Church, Rev. Carnel Richardson of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, and Sharlonda Buckman, assistant superintendent of family and community engagement at Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) for a thought-provoking conversation.  

They discuss two programs, DPSCD’s Faith-Based Initiative and Every School Day Counts program, and talk about some of the issues impacting education, such as chronic absenteeism, a lack of transportation, and health and safety concerns.  

Plus, they look at how the DPSCD’s Faith-Based Initiative matches churches with schools in order to provide mentoring, tutoring, clothing drives, and other support services that will allow students to concentrate on getting a good education. 

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